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ASX standouts: Thursday’s big movers and gainers

Thu 13 Jan 22, 11:10am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Energy and materials stocks leading the ASX higher on Thursday
  • Oil prices trend higher after US crude oil inventory posted a large decline
  • Iron ore supply under pressure, copper prices crack 3-month high

The ASX is up 0.3% on Thursday after the US market closed modestly higher. 

Key US inflation data was released overnight, with the consumer price index (CPI) showing a 0.5% month-on-month increase in December. Compared to a year ago, prices have risen to near 40-year highs of 7%. 

Following the release, US stocks retreated off session highs, but still managed to close in positive territory. 

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ASX Sectors at 11am AEDT

ASX gainers 

The S&P/ASX Energy and Materials indexes are up 1.3% and 1.5% respectively as positive sentiment sweeps across the commodity sector. 

Oil prices are up for a third straight session, with crude oil sitting at 3-month highs of US$82.8/b.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) flagged overnight that oil inventories have slumped to their lowest levels since October 2018. 

“The EIA crude oil inventory posted a larger-than-expected headline decline of 4.55 million barrels versus an expected 1.6 million draw,” said OANDA senior market analyst, Ed Moya. 

Local energy stocks are rallying to near-term highs as names like Santos (ASX: STO), Woodside Petroleum (ASX: WPL) and Beach Energy (ASX: BPT) all up more than 1.5%.

All-important iron ore and copper prices have continued to march north amid supply concerns. 

FastMarkets reported that heavy rains in Brazil’s major mining areas are having an impact on global supply and propping up iron ore prices. 

ASX iron ore majors BHP (ASX: BHP), Fortescue Metals (ASX: FMG) and Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) are all up more than 1.7%. 

Broader sector moves aside, Crown (ASX: CWN) is making headlines after receiving a revised non-binding proposal from Blackstone. The offer represents a 60 cent per share increase compared to the previous offer of $12.50 per share. The company’s stock is up 8% to $12.56. 

On the more speculative end of town, Brainchip (ASX: BRN) rallied for a fifth consecutive session. The stock is now up 93% this year. 

ASX losers 

The S&P/ASX Healthcare sector is down -0.45%, with Sonic Healthcare (ASX: SHL) sliding -3.7%, Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) down -1.3% and Cochlear (ASX: COH) giving back -1%. 

The local healthcare sector might be impacted by negative news coming out of the European market, where shares in Dutch health tech giant Philips dove -14.8%. The company flagged that global supply chain shortages would hit its bottom line and a ventilator recall needed to be expanded. 

Biotechnology company Polynovo (ASX: PNV) has retreated -5.5% after rallying 25% on Tuesday. The jump in share price was prompted by an earnings update, where the company achieved record quarterly sales. 

Afterpay (ASX: APT) is down -2.4% after Block shares fell -2% overnight.  

Investors can begin counting down the days for Afterpay, as its last trading day will be on Wednesday, 19 January.  

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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