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The Aussie share market pushed 0.4% higher yesterday, to start the new trading week off on a positive note. Most sectors posted gains, with the energy, real estate and materials sectors leading the way, while the financial and healthcare sectors came under a bit of pressure.
Netwealth (ASX:NWL) was the biggest gainer, while Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) rose 5.6% to a new all-time high, following the company announcing an upgraded FY22 earnings guidance and funds under management growth update. Other top stocks included material stocks St Barbara (ASX:SBM), Champion Iron (ASX:CIA), Iluka Resources (ASX:ILU), Regis Resources (ASX:RRL) and Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS). Meanwhile, the worst performing stocks yesterday included NIB Holdings (ASX:NIB), GUD Holdings (ASX:GUD) and Insurance Australia Group (ASX:IAG). IAG closed 3.4% lower after UBS dropped its price target to $4.20 and rated the stock a SELL.
The most traded stocks by Bell Direct clients yesterday included Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR), BHP Group (ASX:BHP), and Brickworks (ASX:BKW). Another most traded stock was gold miner and lithium developer Firefinch (ASX:FFX). The company successfully completed a $100m Institutional Placement, whereby proceeds from the placement will be used to fast track the production growth at the Morila Gold Mine.
In the US, stocks retreated as investors remained cautious about how the Omicron variant will impact the economy, as well as what the Federal Reserve will announce on Wednesday. All three benchmarks closed lower, with the Nasdaq down the most. The S&P500 fell 0.91%, and the Dow lost 320 points.
For today, following the negative session on Wall Street, the futures are suggesting the Aussie share market will open 0.6% lower.
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