The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) managed to slightly rise by 0.06% today to 6,418 points.
Australia continues to do well with the coronavirus, though it’s not eliminated from every state yet.
Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) share price continues to soar, helping the ASX 200 rise
The buy now, pay later sector continues to perform strongly.
The ASX 200 instalment payment company saw its share price rise another 7.5% to $54.50. The market is becoming even more confident on the company’s future despite the ongoing wider coronavirus issues.
Christmas in June for shareholders of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN) investors
The Harvey Norman share price rose by 7.3% today after the company made two announcements.
Firstly, the ASX 200 retailer revealed a retail trading update. Australian franchisee total sales are up 17.5% in the FY20 second half to 31 May 2020.
Looking at the company-operated stores overseas sales in this half-year to date in Australian dollar terms, Northern Ireland and Singapore suffered sales declines of 38.2% and 21.7% respectively. New Zealand sales were down 7.3% and Slovenia and Croatia sales were down by 5.5%. Malaysia sales were up 1.3% and Ireland sales were up 25.4%.
In the other announcement, Harvey Norman announced a special fully franked dividend of 6 cents per share to be paid on 29 June 2020.
Kogan.com Ltd (ASX: KGN) capital raising
The soon-to-be ASX 200 ecommerce business has gone into a trading halt to do a capital raising.
Kogan is looking to raise $100 million from institutional investors and another $15 million from regular investors.
The money will be used to fund potential acquisitions that the company may make where Kogan can utilise its efficiencies and digital model. Two recent acquisitions have been Dick Smith and Matt Blatt.
The raising will be done at a share price of $11.45 per share.
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