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Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the A-REITs, Gold and IT sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.18% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Polynovo Ltd (ASX:PNV), which rose 3.33% or 0.03 points to trade at 0.93 at the close. Meanwhile, Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) added 3.23% or 0.77 points to end at 24.60 and Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX:WHC) was up 2.63% or 0.13 points to 5.08 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were News Corp B DRC (ASX:NWS), which fell 8.83% or 2.35 points to trade at 24.25 at the close. Megaport Ltd (ASX:MP1) declined 8.56% or 0.69 points to end at 7.37 and Magellan Financial Group Ltd (ASX:MFG) was down 8.41% or 1.45 points to 15.80.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 1310 to 258 and 305 ended unchanged.

Shares in News Corp B DRC (ASX:NWS) fell to 52-week lows; down 8.83% or 2.35 to 24.25. Shares in Megaport Ltd (ASX:MP1) fell to 52-week lows; falling 8.56% or 0.69 to 7.37. Shares in Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX:WHC) rose to 3-years highs; up 2.63% or 0.13 to 5.08.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 14.16% to 19.40 a new 1-month high.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.77% or 14.45 to $1,868.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 1.10% or 1.21 to hit $108.56 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.96% or 1.08 to trade at $111.31 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.93% to 0.70, while AUD/JPY fell 0.44% to 91.98.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 104.03.

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Rocket Lab USA Shares Gain 5% on Q1 Earnings Beat and Raise

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Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (RKLB) shares were trading more than 5% higher after-hours following the company’s reported Q1 results, with EPS of ($0.06) coming in worse than the consensus estimate of ($0.04).

Revenue grew 124% year-over-year to $40.7 million, beating the consensus of $27.48 million, with Space Systems contributing 84% of total quarterly revenue, growing 1,873% year-over-year.

The company provided its Q2/22 outlook, expecting revenue in the range of $51-54 million, compared to the consensus of $41 million, with expected Launch Services revenue of approximately $19 million and expected Space Systems revenue of $32-$35 million.

The company also announced that the CAPSTONE spacecraft has arrived at the launch site Rocket Lab in New Zealand and begin the preparation for the launch to lunar orbit using the Electron launch vehicle and Lunar Photon spacecraft bus.

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United Airlines lifts second-quarter revenue forecast

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ:UAL) Inc on Monday raised its revenue estimate for the current quarter despite trimming capacity, underscoring a booming travel demand.

The Chicago-based carrier now expects total revenue per available seat mile to be up 23%-25% from the same period in 2019, up from a prior forecast of 17%.

Last month, the airline said it expects to generate the highest quarterly revenue in its history in the quarter through June, helping it return to profit.

While the surge in bookings is largely driven by leisure travelers, office repoenings and easing border restrictions have bolstered the industry’s outlook.

Last week, United said this summer is expected to be the busiest since the pandemic. It estimates nearly 5.3 million customers will fly with United during the Fourth of July holiday period.

Strong consumer demand is also helping United and other carriers deal with soaring fuel costs, which have more than doubled in the past year.

United also raised its fuel bill estimate for the quarter by 17%. It is now projected to increase by about 40% from the first quarter of this year.

Non-fuel operating expense is also expected to be higher than the previous estimate, the company said. United, however, still expects an adjusted operating margin of 10%.

The company has adjusted its plans to ramp up capacity. In the current quarter, it now expects its capacity to be down 14% from pre-pandemic levels.

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Tencent Music Reports Q1 Miss, Revenues Down 15.1%

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Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE:TME) reported its Q1 results, with EPS of $0.06 coming in worse than the consensus estimate of $0.07. Total revenues declined 15.1% year-over-year to $1.05 billion, missing the consensus estimate of $1.23 billion, due to the headwinds in an evolving market landscape.

Revenues from online music services in Q1 were down 4.8% to $413 million. Revenues from music subscriptions grew 17.8% year-over-year to $314 million, with online music paying users reaching 80.2 million (up 31.7% year-over-year) and paying ratio increasing to 13.3% from 12.4% and 9.9% in Q4 and Q1/21, respectively.

Revenues from social entertainment services and others in Q1 were down 20.6% to $635 million.

Shares of Tencent Music were down 40% year-to-date into the results.

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