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ASX standouts: Friday’s big movers and gainers

Fri 14 Jan 22, 11:11am (AEDT)
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Key Points

  • The interest rate driven tech selloff resumes
  • Investors returning to defensive and value-oriented sectors
  • Communication services, utilities and real estate outperform on Friday

The ASX is down -0.65% on Friday following a broad-based selloff on Wall Street, led by technology stocks. 

Inflation and interest rate concerns came back to bite, with the Nasdaq Composite (tech) sliding -2.5% overnight.

The selloff has reverberated across local sharemarket, with the S&P/ASX Information Technology index down by more than -3%.

Defensive and value-oriented sectors such as utilities, telecommunications and real estate are holding up well, as they tend to do better amid a rising interest rate environment.

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ASX Sectors at 10:40 am AEDT

ASX winners 

The defensive nature of Telstra (ASX: TLS) is helping its shares tip 1.2% higher. The company's stock has been trending strongly since bottoming out in October 2020, up almost 60% since.

Women’s apparel company, City Chic Collect (ASX: CCX) rallied 9.4% following a strong trading update. The company achieved 49.8% sales growth for the first half to 26 December 2021. 

City Chic said that despite the widespread impacts relating to the pandemic, omicron and supply chain, revenue growth has remained strong across all regions. 

There aren't too many sellers in sight for Brainchip (ASX: BRN), up 20%. The stock has more than doubled so far in 2022. 

ASX losers 

Afterpay (ASX: APT) shares plunged -7.4% after its soon-to-be parent company Block tumbled -5.9% overnight. 

Other local tech heavyweights are also in the deep red, with Xero (ASX: XRO) and WiseTech Global (ASX: WTC) both down more than -3%. 

Commodity stocks that rallied on Thursday are giving back gains in today’s session. 

Iron ore majors BHP (ASX: BHP), Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) and Fortescue Metals (ASX: FMG) are all down between -0.5% and -1%.

A Singapore-based trader told FastMarkets that most steel mills had likely completed their re-stocking purchases ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, commencing February 1. 

Written By

Kerry Sun

Content Strategist

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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