S&P/ASX 200 gains 0.23% and on track for fifth straight monthly advance

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) recovered from a soft star and is up 0.23% thanks to gains from the energy, real estate and IT sectors.

The biggest mover is the energy sector, up 2% with gains in oil companies like Woodside Petroleum (ASX:WPL), up 2.25%, Santos Ltd (ASX:STO), up 3.47% and Oil Search (ASX:OSH), up 4.14%.

The oil companies gained as oil prices nudged up today, with Brent futures set to post a fifth straight monthly gain, as global stimulus measures underpin prices even as demand struggles to return to pre-COVID levels in a well-supplied market.

Cyber-attack against NZX

New Zealands stock exchange managed to keep trading today even as operator NZXs website crashed again in what appears to be a resumption of cyber-attacks that crippled the market last week. was down for much of the morning, preventing many investors from seeing company announcements and prices, but trading has continued since the 10 am open.

The NZX has been advised by independent cyber specialists that the attacks last week are “among the largest, most well-resourced and sophisticated they have ever seen in New Zealand.”

COVID-19 update

Sydney has been put on alert with a series of virus warnings after New South Wales recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases overnight.

In Victoria, there have been 41 deaths and 73 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he “cant rule out” stage four restrictions being extended for Melbourne beyond the September 13 end date.

The plan to ease the states tough COVID-19 restrictions will be unveiled on Sunday.

Top gainers

Todays top gainers on the ASX include Roots Sustainable Agricultural Techn Ltd (ASX:ROO) (+24.00%), Blue Star Helium Ltd (ASX:BNL) (+9.52%), Cirralto Ltd (ASX:CRO) (+9.52%), Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) (+18.18%), Calima Energy Ltd (ASX:CE1) (+11.11%), Corazon Mining Ltd (ASX:CZN) (+50.00%) and Blackstone Minerals Ltd (ASX:BSX) (10.87%).

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