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Yesterday, the Aussie share market posted a small loss of 0.13%, in what was a choppy session. ANZ reported worse-than-expected first quarter margins, which saw its share price decline nearly 2% and the Australian government announced that our international COVID-19 border closures would end on February 21.
Looking at the sector performances, the energy sector outperformed, up 1.6%, benefitting from the recent gains in both oil and gas commodity prices, while the healthcare sector led the losses, down 1.3%.
GrainCorp (ASX:GNC) led the way, rising an impressive 12.3%, after revealing that it’s expecting a favourable outlook for financial year 2022. And travel stocks were back on top following the government’s announcement that Australians would be welcoming back international travellers later this month. Flight Centre (ASX:FLT), Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD), Webjet (ASX:WEB) and Qantas (ASX:QAN) all gained more than 4%. Meanwhile, Magellan Financial Group (ASX:MFG) declined 11%, after it was announced that its director and chairman, Hamish Douglass would be taking a leave of absence.
The most traded stock by Bell Direct clients yesterday, was iron ore miner Champion Iron (ASX:CIA). Its share price fall may have been because the company traded ex-dividend yesterday. As a reminder, a company’s share price typically drops by the amount of the dividend paid to reflect the fact that new shareholders are not entitled to that payment.
In the US, both the S&P500 and Nasdaq started the week on a negative note as quarterly results continued to be a source of volatility, and as investors await key US inflation data on Thursday. The Dow closed flat, the S&P500 down 0.37% and the Nasdaq also down 0.58%. And Facebook-parent Meta shares have fallen another 5%, continuing its post-earnings slide.
Today, following the negative session over on Wall Street, the futures are suggesting the Aussie share market will open 0.16% lower this morning.
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