The ASX 200 finished lower by 0.28% today, as investors turn cautious ahead of the Fed’s CPI release this Friday (US time).

Overnight, US and EU markets rose following Pfizer’s announcement that three doses of its jab could protect against the Omicron infection.

Seven of 11 ASX sectors dropped today, with Energy being the worst performer, down by 0.5%, while Healthcare was up 0.6%.

RBA’s governor Philip Lowe made a speech today, warning Australians to be cautious in investing in cryptos that are tied to foreign currencies (also called stablecoins).

“It is likely that the asset used for the settlement of most transactions in the economy will remain some form of secure fiat [state-issued] currency with a stable value, rather than cryptocurrency with a volatile price,” Lowe said.

ANZ Bank (ASX:ANZ) is trading flat despite revealing a pending civil penalty by ASIC relating to a 2018 allegation that it was misleading customers.

ANZ said it does not intend to contest the proceeding, and will join ASIC in submitting a proposed penalty of $25 million to the Court.

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
VUL Vulcan Energy 11.11 14.3% 3,854,513 $1,208,739,513
NVX Novonix Limited 9.64 5.9% 4,847,112 $4,391,332,054
BRN Brainchip Ltd 0.68 5.4% 5,783,570 $1,092,137,958
IMU Imugene Limited 0.505 5.2% 18,394,842 $2,763,409,134
APM APM Human Services 2.99 4.9% 1,466,557 $2,561,070,942
TLX Telix Pharmaceutical 7.5 4.7% 654,547 $2,041,122,021
AGL AGL Energy Limited. 5.84 4.7% 4,727,876 $3,673,755,679
PDN Paladin Energy Ltd 0.825 3.8% 18,139,678 $2,129,677,778
OCL Objective Corp 19.92 3.3% 45,090 $1,822,762,659
ASM Ausstratmaterials 10.5 3.2% 401,660 $1,418,776,081
APX Appen Limited 9.72 3.2% 694,908 $1,159,365,709
SYD SYD Airport 8.59 2.9% 40,910,438 $22,534,147,113
OML Ooh!Media Limited 1.81 2.8% 3,096,988 $1,053,616,736
29M 29Metalslimited 2.72 2.6% 535,198 $1,273,205,750
UMG United Malt Group 4.31 2.6% 732,452 $1,256,552,367
SFR Sandfire Resources 6.13 2.5% 2,162,421 $2,451,691,720
AEF Australian Ethical 12.36 2.5% 147,737 $1,355,388,884

Vulcan Energy (ASX:VUL) is surging by 15% after announcing after hours yesterday that it has signed a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with the Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker by revenue.

Volkswagen Group is set to purchase a minimum of 34,000 tonnes and a maximum of 42,000 tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide over the duration of the agreement.

Sydney Airport (ASX:SYD) is up almost 3% after competition watchdog ACCC gave approval for its takeover by a consortium.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Magellan Financial (ASX:MFG) has fallen further, sinking to a 52-week low after the departure of its CEO announced on Monday. Dr. Brett Cairns told the board he was leaving for personal reasons.

Hutchison Telecom (ASX:HTA) dropped 8% on no news.