In early afternoon trade, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is pushing higher again. At the time of writing, the benchmark index is up 0.3% to 7,348.2 points.
Four ASX shares that are climbing more than most today are listed below. Here’s why they are rising:
Alkane Resources Limited (ASX: ALK)
The Alkane Resources share price is up 2% to $1.23. Investors have been buying the gold miner’s shares after its production outperformed expectations in FY 2021. According to the release, Alkane achieved production of 56,958 ounces of gold at its Tomingley Gold Operations in FY 2021. This exceeds its upgraded guidance of 50,000–55,000 ounces.
Audinate Group Ltd (ASX: AD8)
The Audinate share price has stormed almost 4% higher to $8.70. This gain appears to have been driven by a broker note out of Morgan Stanley this morning. It believes the digital audio networking technology company could exceed expectations in the fourth quarter. This is due to elevated sales in the audio-visual industry during the June quarter. It also feels Audinate is a likely candidate for analyst forecast upgrades in FY 2022.
Megaport Ltd (ASX: MP1)
The Megaport share price is up 1.5% to $16.76 after the release of its quarterly update. That update reveals that the elastic interconnection service provider had a very strong fourth quarter, with record quarterly customer additions. This helped drive an 11% or $0.7 million quarter on quarter increase in monthly recurring revenue (MRR) to $7.5 million.
Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P)
The Zip share price has jumped 9% to $8.41. Investors have been buying the buy now pay later (BNPL) provider’s shares amid speculation that a rival BNPL provider has acquired a strategic stake. BNPL provider Klarna is believed to have acquired a 4% stake in Zip. This is understood to be a move designed to strengthen Klarna’s position if the BNPL market consolidates to two to three leading global players in the future. Neither company has commented on the speculation.