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ASX at Open: Morning gains begin to fade, healthcare and miners higher

Fri 28 Jan 22, 11:13am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Another whipsaw day for the ASX, down -1.8% from today's highs
  • Investors continue to sell into strength
  • Moving averages begin to slope downwards, a bearish mood is sweeping the market

The ASX rallied 1.9% after open with every sector opening in positive territory.

Morning buyers have turned to sellers with the market now trading just 0.5% higher.

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11 ASX Sectors at 10:45 am AEDT

Likewise, major US indices rallied more than 1.5% after open but sold off into close, finishing the overnight session in negative territory. 

The ASX 200 had an RSI reading of just 23.6 by market close on Thursday. The market has not been this oversold since the March 2020 selloff. 

Investors appear to be using these 'technical bounces' to sell into strength. The market has struggled to hold onto gains in the past week.

ASX winners 

Iron ore prices continue to inch higher, up 0.5% overnight to US$138.75 a tonne. Iron ore miners are delivering outsized gains this morning, including: 

Universal Store (ASX: UNI) and Best & Less Group (ASX: BST) are two retailers rallying 16% and 13% on no news. Before today's bounce, both stocks were down around -20% year-to-date. This could be bounce from oversold levels, exacerbated by the illiquid nature of both stocks.

ASX losers 

Tech stocks continue to bare the brunt of selling as investors pivot away from richly-valued sectors.

On the announcement front: 

#1 - Newcrest Mining (ASX: NCM) tanked -7.3% after reporting its December quarterly results. Newcrest said it remains on track to deliver its full year production guidance. The company’s all-in sustaining costs fell 11% to $1,127/oz. 

#2 - PointsBet (ASX: PBH) shares are down another -5% after the bookmaker reported its slowest turnover growth in the past two years. The company's stock is now down -32% year-to-date and down -70% from February 2020 highs.

#3 - Ramelius Resources (ASX: RMS) fell -3.9% after saying production was within the lower end of guidance for the December quarter. The company experienced a slight drop in grade and throughput at its Mt Magnet project. Impacts of a delayed WA border reopening and covid-related issues could weigh.

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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