• Shares down 1pc on selloff across the board
  • The local market tracks weakness in Europe overnight
  • Uranium stock ERA up 18pc, RIO down after releasing production update

 

The ASX dropped almost -1% on Tuesday as all 11 sectors finished in the red.

The index tracked weakness in Europe overnight where a report showed that the German economy shrank by 0.3% in 2023, narrowly dodging a recession. Wall Street meanwhile was closed for Martin Luther King Day.

On the ASX, Miners and Energy stocks led the selloff, with Healthcare and Utilities close on their heels.

Oil prices remained steady despite continued tensions in the Red Sea.

“The disruption of global trade in the Red Sea raises concerns about potential inflationary pressures,” said de Vere Group’s Nigel Green.

“Disruptions to the supply chain typically lead to increased costs for transportation, production, and distribution, which may ultimately be passed on to consumers.”

The Westpac and the Melbourne Institute published their January consumer confidence report this morning, showing a drop of -1.3% to 81 points, a level close to COVID-era lows.

Read more: Aussie markets and people are depressed going into lunch on Tuesday

Across the region, Asian stock markets mainly retreated today as traders reassessed their views on interest rates.

The market’s focus turns now to Fed Reserve Governor Christopher Waller’s speech later today (US time) to see whether there will be more pushback on the potential rate cut in March.

 

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
ERA Energy Resources 0.07 22.03 9,986,116 $1,306,749,652
CEN Contact Energy Ltd 7.62 4.38 8,619 $1,858,360,146
IPH IPH Limited 6.63 2.31 403,194 $1,593,973,359
CHC Charter Hall Group 11.86 2.24 1,177,306 $5,486,767,508
ABB Aussie Broadband 3.71 2.20 348,348 $1,011,506,477
SGR The Star Ent Grp 0.51 2.00 14,133,723 $1,434,340,439
ORA Orora Limited 2.68 1.71 1,508,693 $3,533,404,840
SKC Skycity Ent Grp Ltd 1.69 1.50 91,852 $1,265,741,673
PLS Pilbara Min Ltd 3.61 1.40 13,891,741 $10,713,705,884
LFG Liberty Fin Group 4.52 1.12 6,696 $1,358,003,312
MGH Maas Group Holdings 3.79 1.07 104,378 $1,229,716,129
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Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ASX:ERA) was the best performing large cap today, up 22% on no specific news.

So why the two straight days of gains? Maybe because minority shareholders are holding out hope that Traditional Owners change their tune and let ERA develop Jabiluka, an orebody RIO (its biggest shareholder) has promised will never be touched.

Read more here: Resources Top 4: This uranium stock is a money pit with zero upside. Why is it up 60pc in a week?

 

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
LOV Lovisa Holdings Ltd 22.59 -5.78 395,698 $2,629,332,557
SLX Silex Systems 5.07 -4.70 694,999 $1,255,233,119
ANN Ansell Limited 23.52 -4.39 213,384 $3,084,599,387
S32 South32 Limited 3.41 -4.21 16,112,963 $16,124,160,502
SVW Seven Group Holdings 35.33 -4.15 483,164 $13,401,764,737
CIA Champion Iron Ltd 8.03 -4.12 1,092,881 $4,337,787,964
RDX Redox Limited 2.25 -3.43 40,253 $1,223,439,727
EVN Evolution Mining Ltd 3.75 -3.35 3,106,598 $7,664,965,336
ELD Elders Limited 8.08 -3.23 901,667 $1,314,039,734
RWC Reliance Worldwide 4.25 -3.19 865,447 $3,468,516,018
SUL Super Ret Rep Ltd 16.19 -3.14 1,114,503 $3,773,560,815
BPT Beach Energy Limited 1.56 -3.12 3,187,548 $3,661,540,518
LFS Latitude Group 1.14 -2.99 89,832 $1,216,421,672
BLD Boral Limited 5.26 -2.87 2,664,847 $5,967,708,347
DMP Domino Pizza Enterpr 56.93 -2.85 82,395 $5,263,096,064
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Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) fell -1.5% after reporting its latest quarterly production update.

Rio said it shipped 331.8Mt of WA Pilbara iron ore during 2023, up 3% on 2022 as it delivered on guidance.

Its iron ore pellets and concentrate fell by 6% to 9.7Mt. Bauxite output remained flat at 54.6Mt. Aluminium production rose by 9% to 3.272Mt, while mined copper increased by 2% to 620,000t.

Rio also said its 2024 production guidance remains unchanged from that announced last month, and the company is set to lodge its full year results on February 21.