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ASX 200 down 0.3%: Big four banks mixed & Healius rockets on medical centre sale

At lunch on Monday the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has failed to follow the lead of international markets and is dropping lower. The benchmark index is down 0.3% to 5,831.3 points currently.

Here’s what has been happening on the market today:

Bank shares mixed.

The big four banks have had a subdued start to the week. At lunch just the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) share price is pushing higher with a 0.15% gain. Whereas the worst performer in the group is the National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) share price with a 0.15% decline. Investors appear undecided on where the banks are going from here after a volatile few weeks.

Healius sells medical centres.

The Healius Ltd (ASX: HLS) share price has surged higher on Monday after announcing the sale of its medical centres to BGH Capital. According to the release, the healthcare company has agreed a fee of $500 million with the private equity firm. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur before the end of 2020. However, it remains subject to a number of conditions, including approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Super Retail equity raising.

The Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL) share price was placed in a trading halt this morning. The retail group requested the halt while it launches an underwritten accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer to raise approximately $203 million at $7.19 per share. Management believes this equity raising will allow the company to continue to execute its strategy and pursue strategic growth initiatives. Super Retail also revealed that its like for like sales rebounded strongly in May.

Best and worst ASX 200 shares.

The Healius share price is leading the way on the ASX 200 on Monday with a sizeable 11% gain. Investors appear to see value in its plan to sell its medical centres to BGH Capital. The worst performer on the index has been the Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX: DHG) share price with a 5% decline. This is despite auction clearance rates improving in Melbourne and Sydney at the weekend.

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