ASX 200 midday update: Block and Xero rebound, gold miners fall

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Smiling man sits in front of a graph on computer while using his mobile phone.At lunch on Friday, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is back on form and on course to end the week on a very positive note. The benchmark index is currently up 1.55% to 7,049 points.

Here’s what is happening on the ASX 200 today:

Tech sector rebounds

A key driver of the ASX 200’s gain has been a rebound in the tech sector. Tech shares including Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) and Block Inc (ASX: SQ2) are recording strong gains, leading to the S&P/ASX All Technology index rising 4.3% at lunch. This follows an improved night on the Nasdaq index and futures contracts pointing to a solid night on Friday.

Xero shares boosted by bullish brokers

The Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) share price is racing higher today after the cloud accounting platform provider was the subject of a number of bullish broker notes. One of those was from Goldman Sachs, which has retained its buy rating with a $118.00 price target. Elsewhere, Ord Minnett upgraded the company’s shares to a buy rating with a $97.00 price target.

Gold miners drag on ASX 200

One area of the market that isn’t rising with the ASX 200 is the gold industry. A number of gold miners, such as Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR) and Newcrest Mining Ltd (ASX: NCM), are falling today after the gold price tumbled overnight. This has led to the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Gold index falling 0.9% today.

Best and worst ASX 200 performers

The best performer on the ASX 200 on Friday has been the Block share price with a 12.5% gain. This follows a strong gain by its NYSE-listed shares overnight. The worst performer has been the IGO Ltd (ASX: IGO) share price with a 3% decline. This is despite there being no news out of the battery materials miner.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Altium, Block, Inc., and Xero. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Block, Inc. and Xero. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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