Australian stocks closed trade higher on Tuesday, with benchmark ASX 200 gaining about 0.86% or 57.60 points, settling at 6,763.60. Energy sector pushed the market up along with materials, utilities, and A-REITs. However, other sectors closed trade in the red zone, defying index gains. A bounce back in commodity prices seems to have buoyed the current market recovery. Over last five trade days, ASX 200 has gained 3.68%, though still down about 9.15% on a year-to-date basis.
- Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS) leaped 4.34% following energy sector rally. Data released in the US overnight seemed to have shun worries of investors over a global economic recession and slowdown in energy demand. Notably, energy giant Santos (ASX:STO) gained 2.71% while Beach Energy (ASX:BPT) stood 6.97% higher and Origin energy (ASX:ORG) closed 3.31% higher.
- Removal of certain Covid-19 restrictions and reducing caseload in China seemed to have pushed iron ore prices higher. As a result, material sector giants Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG), BHP (ASX:BHP) and Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) gained more than 3%.
- While yesterday gold stocks loomed low, today, miner Newcrest (ASX:NCM) made a return, registering a 2.9% gain. Northern Star (ASX:NST) shares also jumped 6.13%. Meanwhile, coal miners New Hope (ASX:NHC) and Whitehaven (ASX:WHC) shot up over 6% and 2%, respectively.
- On the losing side, consumer discretionary stocks slipped 1.6%. Notably, defying sectoral trend, Salmon breeder, Tassal Group (ASX:TGR) shares spiked 16.12% after getting an improved takeover offer from Canadian seafood business Cooke Inc.
- Slipping further below the consumer discretionary index, beauty, and wellness business, BWX Ltd. (ASX:BWX) plunged 40.6%. The business had shared expectations of a sharp contraction in full-year earnings by about 59%.
Other noteworthy trends
Market Volatility indicator- A-VIX continued to slide down by 0.818%. Meanwhile All-Ordinaries index gained 0.706%. Large cap stocks represented by ASX 50 index (XFL) climbed 0.822%, while Midcap index ASX Midcap 50 (XMD) gained 0.377%. ASX Small Ordinaries index (XSO) followed along to close 0.17% higher.
Top gainers and losers
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In the US, Wall Street stocks rebounded sharply overnight. The market seems focused on Fed’s policy responses to record high inflation. Investors are curious to understand how the Fed plans to balance inflation and economic slowdown.
In Asia, despite inflation worries, Japan’s Nikkei gained along with neighbour South Korea’s KOSPI. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped higher alongside China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen indices. A key market influencer this week is likely to be the Chinese purchasing manager’s index.
On the western side, European stocks are expected bend lower while investors assess the European Central Bank’s annual gathering.
- Gold lost its shine a bit with the US dollar sliding on diminishing inflation expectations. Benchmark US 10-year treasury yields remained steady, further limiting bullion gains. In order to tighten the leash of sanctions on Russia for its Ukraine invasion, the US, the UK, Japan, and Canada are planning to ban new gold imports from Russia.
- In other precious metals, silver followed gold and dropped lower, while platinum and palladium prices climbed up.
- Oil prices edged higher amid tight supplies. Both benchmarks Brent and WTI gained pace. Meanwhile, Group of Seven (G7) nations vowed to increase the supply side pressure with a proposal to cap prices of Russian oil.