The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Gold producers: Gold fell for the second straight session in New York yesterday as the euro climbed against the dollar, eroding demand for the metal as a haven amid waning European- debt concerns.
Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM AU), Australia’s largest gold producer, lost 0.9 percent to A$33.06. Rival St. Barbara Ltd. (SBM AU) slumped 7.4 percent to 31.5 Australian cents.
Insurance Australia Group Ltd. (IAG AU), the Sydney-based insurer formed in 1925, dropped 4.3 percent to A$3.35 after saying fiscal-year profit halved after rising claims at its U.K. unit.
James Hardie Industries SE (JHX AU), the biggest seller of home siding in the U.S., rose 2.9 percent to A$6.73. Sales of U.S. new homes in June rose more than forecast, following an unprecedented collapse the prior month.
Wesfarmers Ltd. (WES AU), Australia’s second-largest retailer, climbed 0.9 percent to A$30.36 after having its stock rating raised to “neutral” from “underperform” by analysts led by Grant Saligari at Credit Suisse Group AG.
Contact Energy Ltd. (CEN NZ), New Zealand’s biggest publicly traded power company, fell 1.6 percent to NZ$5.60. The company said June power prices fell 34 percent from a year earlier amid high storage levels and soft demand.