ASX up 0.32% despite concerns of prolonged interest rates in the US

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Australian shares showed resilience, edging higher on Thursday morning despite concerns about prolonged higher interest rates, with the S&P/ASX 200 up 0.2%. National Australia Bank saw a modest increase despite a decline in cash profit, while Woolworths experienced a significant drop of 3.9% due to lower-than-expected half-year profit. Meanwhile, US sharemarkets had a volatile session, briefly spiking before closing mixed after the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain cash rates and Chairman Jerome Powell's indication of a potential halt in further rate increases.

At 11:30am, the S&P/ASX 200 is 0.32 per cent higher at 7,594.30.

The SPI futures are pointing to a rise of 28 points.

Best and worst performers

The best-performing sector is Financials, up 1 per cent. The worst-performing sector is Consumer Staples, down 3.09 per cent.

The best-performing large cap is Qube Holdings (ASX:QUB), trading 7.01 per cent higher at $3.51. It is followed by shares in Amcor plc (ASX:AMC) and Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST).

The worst-performing large cap is Woolworths Group (ASX:WOW), trading 5.28 per cent lower at $30.14. It is followed by shares in IGO (ASX:IGO) and Coles Group (ASX:COL).

Commodities and the dollar

Gold is trading at US$2335.20 an ounce.

One Australian dollar is buying 65.18 US cents.

About Peter Milios

Peter Milios is a recent graduate from the University of Technology - majoring in Finance and Accounting. Peter is currently working under equity research analyst Di Brookman for Corporate Connect Research.

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