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S&P/ASX 200 loses steam after China approves controversial Hong Kong security law

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) finished 76 points or 1.32% higher today at 5851 – touching a new 11-week high in the process.

The market broke through the 5900 barrier for the first time since March 11 but dropped during afternoon trade as oil prices fell and geopolitical tensions flared.

The index had risen by as much as 2.5% on a strong lead from Wall Street but sagged as China's legislature approved a proposal to impose the controversial National Security Law in Hong Kong.

Top gainers

Top gainers on the ASX today include Bellevue Gold Ltd (ASX:BGL) (+11.11%), Vrx Silica Ltd (ASX:VRX) (+9.37%), MacArthur Minerals Ltd (ASX:MIO) (+10.53%), Musgrave Minerals Ltd (ASX:MGV) (7.41%), Northern Minerals Ltd (ASX:NTU) (+9.09%), Predictive Discovery Ltd (ASX:PDI) (+10.23%) and Twenty Seven Co Ltd (ASX:TSC) (+16.67%).

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