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ASX standouts: Wednesday’s movers & gainers

Wed 22 Dec 21, 11:07am (AEST)

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Key Points

  • ASX trading relatively flat despite a strong rebound across all major US averages
  • Lithium, BNPL and iron ore posting strong gains at open
  • Gold stocks tip lower as investors become more optimistic about omicron

The ASX has opened 0.1% higher as major US averages snapped a three-day losing streak. 

Overnight markets were buoyed by remarks from the Biden administration, which reiterated that the US is not going back to full-blown March 2020 lockdowns. 

ASX winners 

Afterpay (ASX: APT) and Zip (ASX: Z1P) are bouncing off year-to-date lows, up 5.4% and 3.1% respectively after the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite jumped 2.4% overnight. US-listed BNPL rivals Block (formerly Square) rallied 7.7% and Affirm closed 6.4% higher. 

Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) opened 1.6% higher as iron ore prices continue upwards. Iron ore spot prices are fetching US$126.71/t according to Fastmarkets, surging more than 25% in December. 

CSL (ASX: CSL) rallied 2.7% as the market opened. The biotech giant has recouped almost all its losses since its $6.3bn capital raising on Thursday, 16 December.

There’s a lot of strength coming back into lithium names with Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) lifting 6.7%, Liontown Resources (ASX: LTR) bouncing 5.4%, Mineral Resources (ASX: MIN) up 3.8%. 

Pilbara Minerals plunged 7% yesterday after flagging that its ramp up plans are facing delays amid equipment failures and labour shortages.

ASX losers 

Gold prices drifted lower amid an encouraging overnight session for US stocks and optimism that omicron’s impact will be short-lived. 

Softer gold prices is posting losses for names like Newcrest Mining (ASX: NCM), Northern Star Resources (ASX: NST) and Evolution Mining (ASX: EVN), all of which are down between 1.1% and 2%. 

Magellan Financial Group (ASX: MFG) might be looking at new multi-year low after sliding 3.5% this morning. The stock is down 62% year-to-date.

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and was Vice President of the University Network for Investing and Trading (UNIT). He is an avid swing trader, and drawn to breakouts and technical set ups. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a huge UFC fan, loves poker and bouldering.

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