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The ASX succumbed to the pressure of the global market sell-off today, closing Tuesday’s session 0.34% lower despite a morning rally. Investors sharply sold out of energy stocks amid a decline in the price of oil, while also weighing up declining consumer and business confidence data which were released today for September and October respectively. Westpac Consumer Confidence slid almost 1% for October, while NAB Business Confidence data dropped 5 points in September amid difficult business and economic conditions.
The oil and gas mining giants took a hit today on the declining price of oil, with Beach Energy (ASX:BPT) falling 2.5%, Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS) shedding 2% and New Hope Corporation (ASX:NHC) ended the day down 1.2%.
Despite the market closing lower, some stocks made headlines for surging ahead today including John Lyngs Group (ASX:JLG), which recovered 6% of yesterday’s sharp sell-off, while Allkem (ASX:AKE) added nearly 5% and Orica (ASX:ORI) gained 4.4% today.
On the losing side, Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) was the worst performing stock on the ASX200 today despite no price sensitive news released by the lithium producer today. Imugene (ASX:IMU) continued its sell-off today, losing 5.5%, despite no news out of the company. Megaport (ASX:MP1) rounded out the bottom three performing stocks today, closing just under 5% lower. Baby retailer Baby Bunting (ASX:BBN) shares tanked more than 20% today after the company issued a warning about the company’s gross profit margin as it fell 208 basis points over the PCP to 37.2%. While travel business Helloworld Travel (ASX:HLO) fell 0.5% today, despite the company releasing an update flagging a rebound in travel is imminent as its total transaction value soared 352% in the September quarter to $561m from the same period a year earlier.
On the economic data front for tomorrow there is no local data released tomorrow, however overseas the UK’s GDP data for August will be released tomorrow afternoon and US Producer Price Index data for September will be out later tomorrow night.
The Australian dollar has weakened again, trading at 62.6 US cents, 57.19 British Pence, 91.16 Japanese Yen and 1 New Zealand dollar and 13 cents.