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The Aussie share market started yesterday down 0.6%, however managed to close just 0.08% lower yesterday to 7,447. Only three sectors managed to post gains, while the tech and consumer discretionary sectors were hit the hardest. The tech sector is suffering from a spike in bond yields as markets anticipate a faster tightening cycle by central banks.
Looking at the ASX200 stock performance, the top stock yesterday was battery materials and technology company, Novonix (ASX:NVX). The stock was up 10.8% after announcing its intentions to list on a second stock exchange, the Nasdaq in the US. AGL Energy (ASX:AGL) also performed well, rising 8.6%, following a bullish broker note from Credit Suisse, upgrading the stock to “outperform”. And some of the other best performing stocks included mining stocks Alumina (ASX:ALU), Champion Iron (ASX:CIA), Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN) and Iluka Resources (ASX:ILU). Reliance Worldwide (ASX:RWC) was the worst performer, down 3.4%, despite no news out from the company, and both Xero (ASX:XRO) and WiseTech Global (ASX:WTC) saw some selling as the tech sector came under pressure.
The most traded stocks by Bell Direct clients yesterday was Wesfarmers (ASX:WES). The company is now the last one standing in the takeover of Priceline owner Australian Pharmaceuticals Industries (ASX:API), after Woolworths withdrew its proposal. Afterpay (ASX:APT), Telstra (ASX:TLS) and Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) were also highly traded yesterday.
In the US, stocks recovered from earlier losses, staging an afternoon rally that put an end to the Nasdaq’s four day losing streak. The tech-heavy Nasdaq closed 0.05% higher, while the Dow and S&P500 both fell, down 0.45% and 0.14% respectively. European stocks closed lower amid interest rate fears, ahead of key US inflation data out this week and more comments from US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on interest rate hikes.
For today, following the mixed session on Wall Street, the futures are suggesting the Aussie share market will open 0.56% lower.
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