By Ashley Jessen, director of LearnCFDs.com and author of CFDs Made Simple
Weak leads from overseas markets provided a gloomy start to the day and, despite a minor blip to the upside on open, our market gathered momentum in only one direction and that was down. Unceremoniously we had the biggest one day percentage drop in a month, pushing our S&P/ASX 200 lower by 80.2 points or a disappointing 1.6% to close at 4924.4 after yesterday's handy close above the 5000 mark.
NAB published their business survey which pointed to possible deterioration in business investment growth over the next six to twelve months, which sits well with current global sentiment but their report also highlight a slight increase in sentiment for January.
Basic Materials and Oil & Gas were in absolute free fall today, falling 4.66% and 4.00% respectively with many getting caught by yesterday's positive upswing. Today saw every sector in the red with most down over 1-2% but Consumer Services managed a minor 0.13% fall and the resilient Finance sector posted a 0.56% fall.
Looking over the charts
Resistance at and just above the 5000 mark proved too much of a mountain to climb with traders punishing stocks with a big sell off after 2pm today, following yesterday's disastrous US and European trading sessions. Confirmation of the first lower high does not bode well for the bulls with the likely movement straight down to support around 4900.
S&P/ASX 200 Gainers and Losers
Sundance Resources ((SDL)) was well and truly the stand out performer, rising 6.38% but investors will unlikely get excited, having sat through a 73% decline since January this year. Carsales.com ((CRZ)) also flourished, rising a better than average 4.90% but this was due to a reasonably strong upside breakout into new blue sky territory, breaking resistance at $9.50.
Buru Energy ((BRU)) had the wind absolutely knocked out of its sails today, falling a disappointing 15.71% as traders drove the price down from above $2.10 to below $1.80. Boart Longyear ((BLY)) continued its poor form this week, falling another 14.23%, bringing total losses for the last 6 trading sessions to 38% with today's negative price action indicating more pain ahead.
(For a more comprehensive summary of last night's market action see FNArena's Overnight Report.)
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