* Ironore, base metal prices benefit from China demand
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* Victoria reports record rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths
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Aug 4 Australian shares rose on Tuesday by their
most in two weeks, as a tech-led overnight rally on Wall Street
and upbeat U.S. data helped investors look past dour domestic
retail sales print and a central bank prediction the economic
recovery would be bumpy.
Aug 3 Australian shares ended flat on Monday as
investors fretted that further virus-led business closures in
the country's second-largest state could assuage hopes of a
quick economic rebound from the pandemic-induced recession.
July 31 The Australian benchmark index
fell on Friday to its lowest close in three weeks, posting a
second straight weekly fall as rising coronavirus cases fed
fears of stricter lockdowns and dismal data from the United
States battered risk sentiment.
July 29 Australian shares surrendered early
gains to settle lower on Wednesday, as investors exercised
caution in the face of a worsening domestic coronavirus crisis,
and ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision and key
July 28 Australian shares gave up early gains to
close lower on Tuesday as a rise in coronavirus cases stoked
concerns of a stricter lockdown, while data showed employment
was hit due to restrictions placed earlier.
July 27 Australian shares settled higher on
Monday, helped by a record rally in gold stocks and reassurances
of further support from a senior central bank official to ease
the economic pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
July 10 Australian shares slipped on Friday and
limped to a weekly loss as fresh restrictions to contain a spike
in COVID-19 cases dampened hopes of a quick economic recovery.
July 9 Australian shares closed higher on
Thursday as investors hoped for further stimulus measures to
counter the effects of the latest coronavirus-led restrictions,
while a drop in power companies dragged the New Zealand market