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The ASX200 posted a small loss of 0.2% for the week, however on Friday the market gained 0.5%. Materials advanced the most, the sector closing with a 1.6% gain, as the major mining stocks rose despite a drop in the price of iron ore. It was a positive trading session overall with 7 of the 11 industry sectors in the green. The major banks were mixed, with CBA and ANZ higher, while NAB closed flat and Westpac closed slightly lower. And real estate, tech, healthcare and the consumer discretionary sector, ended the day with small losses.
Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN) jumped more than 13%. PDN is a uranium production company and its share price was boosted on Friday by a jump in the price of uranium. The commodity price rose to its highest level since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, and that’s at $60.61 a pound. Meanwhile, Platinum Asset Management (ASX:PTM) led the declines on Friday, dropping 15%, down to $1.90, after the company reported that funds under management dropped $1.5 billion, and also reported negative returns across almost all of its funds for the year.
European markets ended a volatile week of trading in the green. While US stocks posted weekly losses after the Federal Reserve commented on tighter monetary policy, signalling it will act even more aggressively to fight inflation. The major benchmarks closed mixed. The Dow Jones climbed 100 points on Friday, up 0.4%, while the S&P500 closed 0.3% lower. The Nasdaq fell 1.3%, as tech stocks led the session’s losses. Tech stocks are viewed as risky due to their sensitivity to interest rates. Higher interest rates could limit future profit growth among the tech sector and therefore shares were sold on Friday.
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