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The local market fell 0.3% or 20 points lower yesterday to close at 7,128 points.
The tech sector came under quite a bit of pressure, falling 3% after US tech stock Snapchat, plunged in after-hours trading. We’ll touch on Snapchat in just a bit. The rest of the sectors closed in the red, except for the real estate and financial sectors, both closing around 0.3% higher, with all four of the big banks closing higher.
Some of the best performers yesterday included Allkem (ASX:AKE), Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) and Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR), all benefitting amid optimism that lithium demand will continue to outstrip supply for some time to come. While the worst performers included Nufarm (ASX:NUF), Imugene (ASX:IMU) and City Chic Collective (ASX:CCX).
The most traded stocks by Bell Direct clients yesterday, they included Grange Resources (ASX:GRR), which rose 5.6% yesterday, following the strength in the iron ore price. Also highly traded was Lake Resources (ASX:LKE), BHP Group (ASX:BHP) and Commonwealth Bank (ASX:CBA).
Moving to the US, the market was mixed. The Dow Jones managed to claw back its early losses and rally into the close, boosted by UnitedHealth Group, as well as McDonald’s, Verizon, and IBM. While the S&P500 fell 0.8% and the Nasdaq dropped over 2% after Snapchat plummeted 43%. The social media company’s shares fell as it warned that it was bracing to miss its earnings and revenue targets in the current quarter. So this led to other tech companies, like Meta, Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple leading the day’s losses as investors feared a slowdown in digital advertising.
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