Australian stocks lost hold of early gains Monday. Retailer shares traded mostly weaker, but an advance for miners limited the losses after many base-metals futures rose on the back of better-than-expected U.S. jobs data. The S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1% to 5,182.40 after opening higher. In early moves, Myer Holdings Ltd. fell 0.7%, David Jones Ltd. lost 1.1%, and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. traded 1% lower. In the mining space, BHP Billiton Ltd. added 0.5%, Rio Tinto Ltd. rose 0.7%, Alumina Ltd. improved by 1%, and Oz Minerals Ltd. jumped 2.2%. Shares of Qantas Airways Ltd. rose briefly but then moved the flat line, holding firm after sharp losses last week. Chris Bowen, who serves as the Labor Party's shadow treasurer, said the struggling airline was "effectively" too big to fail. Meanwhile, shares of QBE Insurance Group Ltd. sank 19% after the firm issued a profit warning late last week. China -- Australia's key export market -- released its trade data over the weekend showing a jump in...
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