Local large caps posted a solid day of trade on Thursday, as the ASX 200 finished 0.36% higher.

Gains were led by the Information Technology sector, with Square Inc shareholders signing off on the company’s all-share bid for Afterpay (ASX:APT).

ASX 200 banking and financial stocks also outperformed for the second straight day.

After leading the market with a barnstorming ~30% rally from mid-September, ASX energy stocks have come off the boil as oil prices stabilise.

Oil & gas plays were the notable laggards on Thursday, as the ASX 200 Energy index fell by more than 2%.

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0.465 13.4% 23,307,446 $1,319,450,799
PDN Paladin Energy Ltd 0.9375 12.3% 38,650,309 $2,236,330,377
VUL Vulcan Energy 12.73 10.6% 2,143,838 $1,425,336,396
LKE Lake Resources 1.085 7.4% 17,099,861 $1,215,221,704
NHF NIB Holdings Limited 7.15 5.9% 1,018,127 $3,094,592,816
NHC New Hope Corporation 1.995 5.6% 11,703,893 $1,573,154,885
CHN Chalice Mining Ltd 6.83 5.2% 1,531,337 $2,290,568,788
ASM Ausstratmaterials 12.735 5.2% 597,285 $1,689,417,733
NUF Nufarm Limited 4.91 5.1% 1,127,719 $1,774,166,232
PXA Pexagroup 16.27 4.8% 199,119 $2,753,869,488
CSR CSR Limited 6.28 4.7% 3,150,055 $2,912,296,656
PBH Pointsbet Holdings 8.45 4.2% 2,045,992 $2,133,563,423
PNI Pinnacle Investment 18.89 3.8% 449,503 $3,509,228,715
ERA Energy Resources 0.405 3.8% 279,545 $1,439,639,447
SGR The Star Ent Grp 3.87 3.8% 4,808,378 $3,551,013,003
PPK PPK Group Limited 13.07 3.6% 358,922 $1,125,937,985
IMU Imugene Limited 0.575 3.6% 30,543,756 $3,133,111,470

Big-boy movers with news were led by uranium play Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN), which provided some more context around the restart plans at its Langer Heinrich mine in Namibia.

Langer Heinrich is expected produce around 77.4Mlb over 17 years of mine life at an average cash cost of US$27.40/lb, the company said.

Details of a specific start date weren’t forthcoming, but PDN said discussions are ramping up with various energy utilities providers around offtake agreements.

That was enough for a sharp mover higher in Thursday trade, because Sprott is still buying up physical uranium and investor sentiment is at fever pitch.

Another notable mover was Vulcan Energy (ASX:VUL), which dipped sharply and dominated the local headlines in the wake of the last week’s short-seller report by J Capital.

But shares in the zero-carbon lithium play have steadied and today the stock jumped by ~10%.

Elsewhere, market-darling (and former small cap) Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN) posted solid gains, one day after setting out terms and projected pricing for the IPO of its Victorian gold assets.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
DMP Domino's Pizza 115.9 -18.6% 1,116,236 $12,316,621,962
ING Inghams Group 3.6 -5.0% 2,571,522 $1,408,665,688
BPT Beach Energy Limited 1.295 -4.8% 10,374,922 $3,102,613,772
SFR Sandfire Resources 5.255 -4.5% 4,802,513 $2,254,900,412
TYR Tyro Payments 3.31 -4.1% 22,788,429 $1,775,468,194
CIA Champion Iron Ltd 4.11 -3.7% 2,536,974 $2,162,720,311
AVN Aventus Group 3.41 -3.1% 871,752 $2,008,967,157
SYA Sayona Mining Ltd 0.155 -3.1% 56,964,031 $1,126,945,089
OSH Oil Search Ltd 4.195 -3.1% 7,156,700 $8,997,093,375
STO Santos Ltd 6.84 -3.1% 5,979,339 $14,706,446,249
WOR Worley Limited 10.37 -3.1% 1,429,748 $5,603,087,721
IFL IOOF Holdings Ltd 3.89 -3.0% 4,354,144 $2,603,790,668
SZL Sezzle Inc. 5.1 -2.9% 588,541 $1,040,097,377
PEB Pacific Edge 1.37 -2.8% 3,511 $1,140,752,290
WPL Woodside Petroleum 22.95 -2.8% 2,216,004 $22,902,703,730

Pizza proprietor Domino’s (ASX:DMP) led the laggards with a fall of almost 20% following the company’s AGM last night.

In its FY22 trading update, Domino’s said sales growth has been “uneven across regions, with operations affected by local
conditions including lockdowns and ongoing changes in customer behaviour, making short-term forecasts challenging”.