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Knowing what other investors are trading may give you useful insights into companies and sectors to research. It may help you spot opportunities, or help you consider where to start.

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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  1. Afterpay Touch (APT) remained the most traded company on the Australian stock exchange. Shares in the buy-now-pay-later business slumped by 8.8% to $24.48 over the week despite no major news from the group. APT shares are still up by 95% so far this calendar year after more than doubling in value in 2018. (Source: IRESS)

  2. National Australia Bank (NAB) edged higher by 0.74% last week after lifting by close to 1% the prior week. On Thursday APRA ordered NAB, Westpac and ANZ set aside an additional $500 million each to reduce risks further. (Source: IRESS)

  3. Quickfee Limited (QFE) was the third most traded stock on the market after making its ASX debut on Thursday 11 July. The Quickfee Platform offers invoicing services to companies. (Source: IRESS)

  4. Commonwealth Bank (CBA) fell for the second straight week, slipping by 0.9% to $81.52. Ratings agency S&P kept the bank’s outlook Stable. Shares in the ASX’s largest company has fallen by close to 10% so far this year. (Source: IRESS)

  5. Nearmap (NEA) was the fifth most traded company last week, with its shares falling by 9.2%. The aerial imaging company said on Friday it has grown the value of its North American contracts by 76% in 12 months. The America’s business now accounts for a third of its operations. NEA shares have surged by 116% since the start of January. (Source: IRESS) 

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