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S&P/ASX 200 remains flat as banks and miners weigh on the market

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is flat at 5965 points by around 1.55 pm following a 1.5% surge on Friday and a strong lead from Wall Street.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Australia continues to decline, with just five new cases identified in Victoria and no new cases for the second day in NSW.

Travel stocks including Webjet (ASX:WEB), Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) and Qantas (ASX:QAN) gained due to encouraging developments around COVID-19.

However, the major banks are down by as much as 1% following gains of between 3% to 7.4% on Friday after the Federal Government revealed plans to ease responsible lending rules which were introduced in 2009.

Top gainers

Todays top gainers on the ASX include FYI Resources Ltd (ASX:FYI) (+26.32%), Pharmaxis Ltd. (ASX:PXS) (+9.52%), Cauldron Energy Ltd (ASX:CXU) (+26.32%), Golden State Mining Ltd (ASX:GSM) (+9.30%), Macarthur Minerals Ord Shs (ASX:MIO) (+18.10%), Andromeda Metals Ltd (ASX:AND) (+9.68%), Vrx Silica Ltd (ASX:VRX) (+10.71%) and Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (+53.33%).

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