Local stocks performed admirably on Friday considering a trans-national conflict is in full swing, but the big end of town was outperformed by small caps as the ASX 200 closed flat.

Across the large cap sectors, there were still a lot of indexes in the red.

But the broader market was helped along by a barnstorming move in tech stocks (which incidentally got smashed the day before).

Leading the way was the bellwether for high-growth tech risk — new-look Afterpay, now known as Block Inc (ASX:SQ2).

The stock absolutely surged after its US parent released a Q4 trading update which beat analyst expectations on gross transaction volumes and earnings per share.

All the big banks were lower, while energy stocks traded flat as oil prices hold just shy of US$100/barrel.

Large cap mining stocks also struggled for traction as the iron ore majors edged lower

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
SQ2 Block 153.75 32.5% 881,201 $11,068,611,562
PDN Paladin Energy Ltd 0.77 12.4% 30,288,165 $1,835,074,576
APM APM Human Services 2.95 10.9% 1,842,113 $2,439,703,976
LTR Liontown Resources 1.43 10.0% 18,688,263 $2,849,892,757
ASM Ausstratmaterials 7.89 9.6% 646,362 $1,004,443,243
ABC Adbri Limited 3.24 7.6% 6,187,698 $1,964,408,941
BFL Bsp Financial Group 4.95 7.6% 5,352 $2,149,227,746
YAL Yancoal Aust Ltd 3.49 7.4% 242,245 $4,291,428,170
LOV Lovisa Holdings Ltd 19.86 7.4% 403,807 $1,988,003,451
CHN Chalice Mining Ltd 7.4 7.2% 2,628,840 $2,449,661,971
TLX Telix Pharmaceutical 5.19 7.2% 2,602,537 $1,491,688,876
LYC Lynas Rare Earths 9.57 6.9% 6,679,911 $8,076,583,408
IMU Imugene Limited 0.235 6.8% 60,232,342 $1,286,289,221
HMC Homeco Limited 6.45 6.6% 368,892 $1,756,111,448
CDA Codan Limited 7.59 6.6% 962,762 $1,287,893,617

Along with Block Inc, also among the large cap leaders was uranium player Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN), which jumped by more than 10% following the release of its half-year accounts.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
BKL Blackmores Limited 75.31 -10.5% 293,729 $1,631,765,828
MFG Magellan Fin Grp Ltd 17.78 -10.1% 3,036,089 $3,673,403,219
SBM St Barbara Limited 1.285 -8.9% 6,835,371 $1,000,433,139
NST Northern Star 10 -5.6% 8,210,392 $12,333,232,597
GOR Gold Road Res Ltd 1.455 -5.5% 3,639,423 $1,358,851,565
RRL Regis Resources 1.87 -5.3% 7,973,805 $1,490,683,189
CEN Contact Energy Ltd 7.2 -5.1% 1,124 $1,868,564,544
SLR Silver Lake Resource 1.795 -4.8% 4,534,676 $1,753,368,473
DEG De Grey Mining 1.1 -4.8% 12,102,863 $1,625,302,746
EVN Evolution Mining Ltd 4.19 -4.6% 9,360,281 $8,046,903,728
CMM Capricorn Metals 3.67 -3.9% 1,095,421 $1,419,437,254
ILU Iluka Resources 10.15 -3.9% 4,177,552 $4,469,016,732
RMS Ramelius Resources 1.495 -3.9% 4,354,542 $1,348,783,844
MPL Medibank Private Ltd 3.05 -3.8% 13,351,146 $8,730,190,271

Online retailer Kogan.com (ASX:KGN) crashed into a trading halt/wall today not long after getting its near $12 million loss for the December half off its chest.

That’s the all you can eat, Christmas Black Friday period – so looks like those continuing supply chain and inventory problems are some crazy schtick.

Apparently founder and CEO Ruslan Kogan told stakeholders – “So. Not a fun time for the business and certainly challenges that we wouldn’t have wanted to have to overcome, but we’re much stronger for having to overcome them.”