The Australian share market session was on a decline on the first day of the week. Monday, 23 December 2019, as greater for U. S. China relatives countered by profit winning ahead of the year-end holiday, with materials, healthcare, and financial issues being prominent losers. At the closing bell, the standard S&P/ASX200 index reduced by 31.18 points, or 0.46%, to 6,785.14, while the broader All Ordinaries fell 29.69 points, or 0.43%, to 6,894.76.
Mining stocks evaluated deeply on the losses as the big players all sunk. BHP eased 1.3% and Rio Tinto dropped 1.6%. The health care sector pulled the market down further. CSL declined 1%. Cochlear lost 0.9%.
Banks and financials were also inferior, with Commonwealth Bank being the worst of the big four for the second meeting in a row and declined 0.5% to $80.84 per share. ANZ eased 0.3% as NAB and Westpac fought to stay out the red but posted slight losses. NAB closed 0.2% red, while Westpac lost 0.08%.
The information sector helped fend off the worst of the losses, however, as Xero gained a healthy 3.4% and hit a new all-time high. Afterpay gained 0.7%, while WiseTech started the week poorly and lost 1.2%.
Retail stocks were advanced. Woolworths gained 0.86%, Coles 0.46%, and Wesfarmers 0.17%.