After a rough couple of days, local stocks got back in the saddle on Wednesday as most large cap sectors finished in positive territory.

There was no clear standout on the day, with resources and materials both finishing more than 1% higher after two consecutive >1% falls.

Financial stocks also gained over 1%, with similar gains across the broader ASX200 which lost a bit of ground into the close to finish 0.85% higher on the day.

25 BIG CAP WINNERS

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Among large caps with market updates, Australian Strategic Materials (ASX:ASM) led the pack, after announcing a conditional deal for a South Korean consortium to acquire a 20% interest in ASM’s Dubbo project.

The Dubbo project is expected to be the primary source of feed for ASM’s Korean Metals Plant (KMP). The Dubbo agreement includes a provision for a 10-year off-take agreement with the consortium, for (neodymium-iron-boron) alloy produced at the KMP.

25 BIG CAP LOSERS

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Falls were led by 2020 market darling Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL), which continues to run into trouble with regulators in North Carolina over the construction of its proposed lithium mine.