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Yesterday the Aussie share market followed Wall Street’s lead, closing 1% lower, with the tech sector weighing down on the market the most. All four of the banks closed lower, with CBA posting the biggest loss, down 1.5%. Only the energy and utilities sectors managed to post small gains.
On the ASX200 stock leaderboard, the best performing stock was artificial intelligence company, Appen (ASX:APX), up 3.9%. Harvey Norman (ASX:HVN) also performed well, gaining 3.2% after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock from neutral to outperform with a 3% increase in its price target to $5.62. Meanwhile, Megaport (ASX:MP1) came under pressure yesterday, amid broad weakness in the tech sector, but also as investors were underwhelmed by its second quarter results update. The company reported a quarter-on-quarter increase of just 7% in its monthly recurring revenue (MRR) to $9.2 million. Some of the other worst performers included NOVONIX (ASX:NVX) and Allkem (ASX:AKE).
The most traded stocks by Bell Direct clients yesterday, once again software company, BrainChip (ASX:BRN) has made the list. The company is up a massive 213% so far this year, and pushed higher yesterday, following the announcement of another granted patent. The company now holds a significant market cap of over $3.5 billion. Other top traded stocks included Lake Resources (ASX:LKE), Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG), CSL (ASX:CSL) and James Hardie (ASX:JHX).
In the US, all three benchmarks pulled back, despite several strong earnings reports, from companies such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Procter & Gamble. It comes as investors remain cautious amid elevated government bond yields. The 10-year Treasury yield topped 1.9% during the session, its highest level since December 2019. This session ended with the Dow falling over 300 points, the S&P500 down 1% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq closing 1.2% lower.
For today, despite the negative session in the US, the futures are suggesting the Aussie share market will open 0.14% higher.
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