Coal & Allied (ASX:CNA) said today that its share of total saleable production in the June quarter was 10 per cent higher than the prior quarter, and four per cent higher than the corresponding quarter in 2009.
Australian share market lost momentum on Thursday, despite the change of Australia's Prime Minister pushed the market higher earlier. Resources shares surged on expectation that discussions between the government and the miners could end the uncertainty caused by the proposed mining tax. The local market ended slightly lower led by financials stocks. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index gave up 6.4 points, or 0.14 per cent, at 4479.7 while the broader All Ordinaries index fell 5.3 points, or 0.12 per cent, to 4504.1.
Most Asian markets fell Thursday as investors took profit from recent rallies. Resources shares declined across the region after news that International Monetary Fund plans to sell 191.3 metric tons of gold on open markets. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 0.5 per cent and South Korea's Kospi fell 0.4 per cent. However, Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.3 per cent while the Bank of Japan left its interest rate at 0.1%. China, Taiwan and Vietnam markets remained closing on Friday.
The Australian sharemarket sharply fell on Wednesday with all sectors in the red. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index lost 73.3 points, or 1.6 per cent, at 4644.6 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index fell 73.1 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 4670.
Australian shares on Thursday rose on Rio Tinto's report on strong production and sales. The upbeat jobs data and rebounding Asian markets also helped to lift the market. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index gained 29.9 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 4898, while the broader All Ordinaries index advanced 29.3 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 4929.4.
Wall Street ended modestly lower overnight after the Shanghai stock market slumped 5 per cent, a biggest single day decline of the year in China. The US stocks were also hit by the Commerce Department data that new orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 2.5 per cent in June.
Yesterday the Australian shares closed slightly lower as falls in financial stocks overshadowed the gains in big miners. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down 0.1%, or 5.4 points, at 3747.5, while the broad-market All Ordinaries index fell 0.1%, or 4 points, at 3693.9.
On Thursday, the Australian shares rose for the third consecutive day led by rallies in overseas markets and strong commodities prices. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 30.7 points, or 0.88 per cent, at 3,526.2, while the broader All Ordinaries index had gained 26.2 points, or 0.76 per cent, to 3,461.3. The Australian market might lose its recent gains following the heavy fall in Wall St.