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Investors played it safe yesterday and traded cautiously, following the news that Germany is pushing for discussions with the European Union to ban Russian gas imports. This may lead to energy rationing in Europe and would push prices higher.
The market closed slightly higher yesterday, with utilities, materials and tech making the most gains. It was a profitable session again for mining stocks: BHP Group (ASX:BHP), Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) and Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) were all in the green. And lithium miners such as Allkem (ASX:AKE), Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN), Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR) and Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) were all higher. Gold miners also gained, even while the gold price was lower. Financials closed 0.3% lower yesterday, as the four major banks lost ground. While Magellan Financial Group (ASX:MFG) is finally picking back up again, yesterday reaching a 1-month high. Its shares lifted with help from the biggest mover on the ASX200 yesterday, investment manager Pendal Group (ASX:PDL), which rose 18% after receiving a $2.4 billion takeover bid from Perpetual. Perpetual’s share price however, declined the most yesterday. Iluka Resources (ASX:ILU), also gained following the approval of its $1.2 billion refinery in Eneabba in Western Australia, and this will be the first fully integrated, rare earths separation facility in Australia.
Overnight, US equities were in the green. The Dow was up 0.3%, the S&P500 up 0.8%, while the Nasdaq rallied 1.9%.
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