The ASX 200 was up 0.73% today, following similar rises in US stocks overnight.

Tech, miners, and industrials were the best performing sectors, with energy and communications being the only sectors in the red.

The Aussie index rose as ABS data released today showed that skilled job vacancies nationally rose by 4.9% in September, with the biggest lift in NSW.

The strong data was however tempered by a release coming out of China which showed home prices falling for the first time in six years.

Investors have been concerned about a widespread property slump and economic slowdown in the China triggered by the collapse of Evergrande, especially after a release on Monday showing that Chinese GDP grew by only 4.9%, the slowest pace in a year.

All eyes are now fixed on the RBA’s governor, Dr Philip Lowe’s speech on Friday.

Meanwhile, the broad-brushed rise in Tech today saw stocks like Codan (ASX:CDA) up by 7%.

Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) and Beach Energy (ASX:BPT) dragged the Energy sector, down by 7% and 2.5% respectively.

 

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
CDA Codan Limited 13.36 7.8% 641,121 2,241,151,955
WOR Worley Limited 11.3 7.7% 4,403,718 5,493,120,578
KGN Kogan.Com Ltd 11.69 7.0% 3,535,376 1,168,288,124
OML Ooh!Media Limited 1.97 6.2% 3,198,114 1,110,488,094
RBL Redbubble Limited 4.22 5.5% 1,579,604 1,103,680,892
BAP Bapcor Limited 8.08 5.2% 1,424,655 2,606,688,000
REA REA Group 162.3 5.0% 139,222 20,413,431,199
A2M The A2 Milk Company 7.32 5.0% 11,827,181 5,182,978,609
VUL Vulcan Energy 13.62 4.9% 1,418,659 1,607,373,277
MAF MA Financial Group 8.14 4.5% 590,106 1,219,430,724
BKL Blackmores Limited 102.27 4.2% 122,713 1,902,369,902
CEN Contact Energy Ltd 7.87 3.6% 6,651 1,868,670,018
ORI Orica Limited 14.88 3.5% 1,330,416 5,860,038,364
CGF Challenger Limited 6.87 3.0% 1,664,001 4,523,369,181
CCP Credit Corp Group 32.44 2.9% 181,044 2,121,792,976
GNE Genesis Energy Ltd 3.2 2.9% 18,328 3,245,498,505
NEA Nearmap Ltd 2.16 2.9% 2,101,610 1,045,362,083
LSF L1 Long Short Fund 2.96 2.8% 689,992 1,750,911,445
TWE Treasury Wine Estate 12.05 2.7% 1,339,674 8,467,279,104

 

Top ASX large cap gains today include online retailer Kogan (ASX:KGN), up 7% after reporting a 21% year-on-year increase in its Q1 sales to $330.5 million.

Its gross profit declined 1.7% YoY, but grew 31.6% from the last quarter to $52.5 million.

Kogan said it focused on improving logistics and customer service during the quarter, which had a direct impact on customer growth of 30.7% to 3.35 million active customers.

Energy services company Worley (ASX:WOR) was up 7.5% on no specific news, but yesterday the company was awarded a significant contract by global player Shell.

Shell awarded Worley a services contract to support the development of a low-carbon fuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

The facility will be able to produce approximately 820,000 tonnes of low-carbon fuels every year.

Shares in A2 Milk (ASX:A2M) jumped 5% on no specific news, but investors have been buying A2M shares today after rival Danone reported growth in its baby formula business channels in China.

A2M has been rising by more than 37% this month, and last week its shares surged after Bubs Australia (ASX:BUB) reported a 96% increase in its Q2 gross revenue mainly on the back of infant milk sales in China.

Property website company, REA Group (ASX:REA), rose by 5% on no specific news.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
WHC Whitehaven Coal 3.06 -7.6% 28,800,378 3,418,052,408
YAL Yancoal Aust Ltd 3.45 -7.0% 267,419 4,898,830,311
NHC New Hope Corporation 2.38 -5.2% 5,527,731 2,089,216,276
FLT Flight Centre Travel 21.7 -4.6% 3,809,576 4,537,702,532
SGR The Star Ent Grp 3.54 -4.1% 9,790,753 3,512,932,435
AWC Alumina Limited 2.16 -3.1% 12,273,355 6,470,749,560
BPT Beach Energy Limited 1.45 -3.0% 26,114,065 3,410,593,816
TYR Tyro Payments 3.92 -3.0% 3,248,466 2,079,098,986
INR Ioneer Ltd 0.68 -2.9% 11,888,010 1,332,937,831
29M 29Metalslimited 2.74 -2.8% 933,484 1,354,883,100
SFR Sandfire Resources 5.73 -2.7% 4,199,196 2,064,271,569
PGH Pact Group Hldgs Ltd 3.04 -2.6% 1,062,516 1,074,184,965
PEB Pacific Edge 1.345 -2.5% 3,646 1,092,471,588

 

Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) tumbled 5% after its quarterly update and AGM, where the company highlighted the severe challenges posed by travel restrictions.

Looking ahead, the company said it’s ready and well-placed to capitalise on what shapes as a major rebound when international and domestic borders reopen fully.