Real estate investments trusts (REITS, down 1.4 per cent) was the weakest sector, weighed by Goodman Group (down 2.2 per cent), Stockland (down 1.5 per cent) and Mirvac (down 2.3 per cent).
Healthcare (down 1 per cent) and information technology firms (down 0.9 per cent) also dragged the index lower as Altium lost 1.7 per cent and CSL shed 1.6 per cent. The financial sector increased 0.2 per cent with CBA slipping 0.02 per cent, NAB adding 0.5 per cent, ANZ dropping 0.1 per cent and Westpac climbing 0.7 per cent.
Shaw and Partners senior investment advisor Adam Dawes said the Australian sharemarket had a “fantastic recovery” from the depths of its low at 6957 points on Friday.
“There was a 100-point retracement which shows the resilience in our market,” he said. “The ASX got smacked with what happened in the US overnight but the recovery showed we can stand on our own two feet.”
Dawes said the lithium sector led the charge, with investors seeing value in companies such as Pilbara Minerals, and the broader index falling into good buying territory earlier in the session.
Meanwhile, REITS remained weak, he said, amid talk of the possibility of one or two more interest rate hikes in the US.
Wall Street fell sharply in an ugly day for stocks worldwide, on expectations that US interest rates will stay high well into next year.
The S&P 500 lost 1.6 per cent for its worst day since March. That followed a drop of 0.9 per cent from Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve indicated it may cut interest rates next year by just half of what it had earlier predicted. The Fed has already hiked its main interest rate to levels unseen since 2001, which helps slow inflation, but at the cost of hurting investment prices.
High-growth stocks are typically among the hardest hit by high rates, and Big Tech stocks took the brunt of the pain for a second straight day.
The Nasdaq composite dropped 1.8 per cent as Amazon fell 4.4 per cent, Nvidia dropped 2.9 per cent and Telsa lost 2.6 per cent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 370 points, or 1.1 per cent.
A 10-year Treasury is offering a yield of 4.48 per cent, up from 4.40 per cent and from only 0.50 per cent three years ago. It’s near its highest level since 2007.
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