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Take a closer look at the most commonly traded Australian shares based on contract note volumes (bought or sold) by CommSec clients to inspire you and kick start your share portfolio.

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Afterpay Touch (APT) remained the most traded stock on the ASX for a second week. Its shares fell substantially on news of AUSTRAC ordering an audit on the buy-now-pay-later company. APT shares fell by 10.7% over the week. (Source: IRESS)  

Telstra (TLS) shares strengthened for a seventh consecutive week, lifting by 4% to $3.87 on Friday. Australia’s largest telco is currently up 31% in 2019; its first annual increase since 2014. (Source: IRESS)

BHP was the third most traded company on the Australian market last week, with its shares surging by 6.5 per cent. A 10 per cent lift in the iron ore price broadly pushed miners of the metal higher over the week. In its half year report, BHP said a US$1 move in the iron ore price over a year can impact its annual profit by US$225m. Iron ore is up close to US$35 in 2019 due partly to supply concerns. (Source: IRESS)

Commonwealth Bank (CBA) shares eased by just 0.3% last week but remain near the best levels since February 2018. Shares in the ASX’s biggest company have improved by 12% so far in 2019. (Source: IRESS)

National Australia Bank (NAB) rounded out the list of most traded companies with sellers accounting for 55% of trades over the week. NAB is set to pay eligible investors its 83c interim dividend on July 3. (Source: IRESS) 

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