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ASX standouts: Thursday’s movers & gainers

Thu 06 Jan 22, 11:05am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Interest rate sensitive sectors plunge amid hawkish commentary from the US Fed
  • Afterpay and BNPL stocks extend losses as investors pivot away from tech stocks
  • Iron ore miners and uranium stocks outperform

The ASX is down 1% at open following a sharp selloff across major US indices.

The markets hit the panic button after the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in December was released overnight. 

Fed officials expressed a more hawkish tone for more interest rate hikes in 2022 and plans to reel back its outsized $8.8 trillion balance sheet. 

Amid the broad-based selloff on Wall Street, technology stocks were the most hard hit, which drove a 3.3% decline for the Nasdaq Composite. 

ASX winners 

The S&P/ASX Materials sector is the only sector in positive territory in early trade, buoyed by a strong uplift across iron ore majors. 

Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) is leading the charge, up 2.5%, Fortescue Metals (ASX: FMG) opened 1.9% higher and BHP (ASX: BHP) is trailing behind, up 0.7%. 

There’s a lot of strength coming through to uranium stocks amid nationwide protests in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan produced approximately 41% of the world’s uranium supply in 2020, according to the World Uranium Association. 

Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN) is up 4.5%, Deep Yellow (ASX: DYL) jumped 9.8% and Boss Energy (ASX: BOE) opened 5% higher. 

ASX losers 

The S&P/ASX Technology sector is down -4% amid a rotation away from fast-growing, richly-valued tech stocks. 

Afterpay (ASX: APT) plunged -9.8% to a fresh 15-month low after its soon-to-be parent company Block (formerly Square) fell -8.2% in overnight trade. 

The broader tech sector is in a sea of red with WiseTech Global (ASX: WTC) sliding -3.6%, Seek (ASX: SEK) down -3.2%, REA Group (ASX: REA) skidding -2.9% and Xero (ASX: XRO) opening -2.2% lower.  

Lithium and battery-related stocks that have surged in the past two days are taking a breather amid today’s selloff.

Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) and Allkem (ASX: AKE) are retreating from all-time highs, down -2.3% and -2.4% respectively. 

Smaller plays like Core Lithium (ASX: CXO), Australian Strategic Materials (ASX: ASM) and Lake Resources (ASX: LKE) are recording steeper losses, down around -5%.

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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