(Corrects headline to says closed flat, not higher, corrects closing levels of shares throughout)
* Miners up 1%
* Tech stocks up for sixth session
* Gold stocks sees worst day in a week
May 27 (Reuters) - Australian shares closed flat on Thursday, as gains in mining and tech stocks eclipsed losses in gold names, while investors remained cautious ahead of key U.S. inflation data.
The S&P/ASX 200 index ended the session at 7,094.9, after Wednesday’s 0.3% dip.
Concerns about higher inflation have loomed over global equity markets in recent weeks, and investors now await the monthly U.S. personal consumption report due on Friday to gauge price pressure. A higher reading could revive talk of an early tapering by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Miners in Australia jumped 1% even though Chinese iron ore futures slumped, as gains in other essential metals such as copper were in focus.
“The slight bounce-back in commodities like copper, nickel and zinc overnight boosted the overall mining sector,” said Deep Data Analytics Chief Executive Officer Mathan Somasundaram.
The mining trio of Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Fortescue Metals gained between 1% and 5%.
Tech stocks advanced 1.7%, tracking their Wall Street peers as comments from Fed officials soothed inflation concerns.
Shares of Xero rose 2.7%, extending gains into a second session, while Afterpay climbed 1.6%.
“There has been a slight risk-off trade in the U.S., which brought bond yields under control, leading to a rise in tech stocks,” Somasundaram said.
On the flip side, gold stocks fell 1.4% after bullion prices declined overnight.
Newcrest Mining shed 3.3%.
New Zealand’s benchmark S&P/NZX50 fell 0.8% to 12,243.34. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd was the top drag after the medical devices maker did not provide guidance for its fiscal 2022. (Reporting by Tejaswi Marthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)