The ASX 200 edged into positive territory by the close of trade, after digesting Q3 inflation data which came in slightly higher than expected.

The higher print for core inflation saw the Aussie dollar push higher and stocks briefly fell, before clawing back ground into the closing bell.

On a relatively flat day for the market, the big banks outperformed while the ASX 200 Information Technology index also closed higher.

Resources stocks fell, and the ASX 200 Consumer Staples index was the worst performing sector with a drop of 1.98%.

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Telco stock Uniti Group (ASX:UWL) announced a stock buyback and continued its 2021 rally, up by around 150% year-to-date.

Cyber safety and location-sharing app Life360 (ASX:360) was also among today’s large cap winners, after releasing its quarterly trading update where it flagged annual underlying revenue growth of 45% and US$120.1 million in Annualised Monthly Revenue.

Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) also got a boost, bouncing off recent lows beneath $2.80 following its AGM today, after falling from above $3.50 at the start of the month.

Superannuation investment firm Netwealth (ASX:NWL) also held its AGM today, and closed more than 3% higher in Wednesday trade.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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One of the most notable companies among the large cap laggards was The A2 Milk Company (ASX:A2M), which fell more than 10% as markets assessed the details in its investor day presentation.

Communications technology company Codan Ltd (ASX:CDA) announced its subsidiary, DTC Communications, had secured a multi-year contract to supply DTC software defined mesh radios to a “publicly listed Fitch AAA credit rated global technology corporation as part of a sensitive military program”.

The contract is for around $37.6 million, but CDN shares fell sharply by almost 20%.