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The Australian market closed 0.25% lower on Friday and etched out its second straight week of losses, shedding 3.88% over the last 5 trading days in the indexes worst trading week since June. The materials sector plunged more than 10% for the week as a major lockdown in China weighs on investor sentiment toward the sector, as investors fear iron ore demand from China will weaken following the lockdown. Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) fell 6.23% on Friday, Lake Resources (ASX:LKE) 6.17%, and Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) dropped almost 5% to end the week.
Investor fears of demand weakening have been the determining factor for investments in materials stocks over the last week, despite some of the mining giants like BHP Group (ASX:BHP) reporting strong FY22 results last week.
Despite the turbulent session on Friday, investors piled into Life360 (ASX:360) despite no price sensitive news released by the company on the last trading day of the week. Investors also bought into GPT Group (ASX:GPT) on Friday and Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals (ASX:CUV) rose 2.3% after releasing strong FY22 results.
On the losing front, investors sold-out of NOVONIX (ASX:NVX) on Friday with the battery materials and tech company diving more than 8% as investors respond to the company’s FY22 results including the full-year loss deepening to $71 million.
Over in the US, markets closed lower on Friday despite a morning rally on Wall Street. The Dow Jones and S&P500 each fell 1%, while the Nasdaq lost 1.3%. Stocks rallied in the morning as the US labour department issued a strong jobs report for august, showing payrolls rose 315,000 for the month as companies continue hiring in the tight labour market, while unemployment ticked higher to 3.7% as more people look for work. The sharp sell-off in afternoon trade came as investor sentiment changed to believe the strong jobs report won’t cause the feds to act any less aggressively toward tackling inflation for the foreseeable future. Over in Europe, the key markets rallied with the FTSE adding more than 1.8%, the Dax soaring 3.3% and the CAC jumping 2.2%. The G-7 rolled out a plan to cap the price of Russian oil on global markets as part of a set of sanctions aimed at limiting Russia’s revenue from oil sales without cutting off oil supply from Russia completely which would send global oil prices soaring.
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