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Keep a watch on these 3 ASX trends next week

As the market pulls back from recent highs I expect these 3 ASX trends to feature prominently next week. 

Index rebalancing

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced its quarterly Australian rebalancing. This cyclical ASX trend will bring several new Australian companies to prominence with foreign investors. In addition, dropping others at the same time. This provided a window for Seven Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: SVW) to take a significant stake in Boral Limited (ASX: BLD) last week. 

Some of the more interesting changes are that mid-cap defence manufacturer, Electro Optic Systems Hldg Ltd (ASX: EOS) has been included into the S&P/ASX 300 (INDEXASX: XKO) and the S&P/ASX All Australian 200 (INDEXASX: XAT).

Also, lithium miner, Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) has been removed from the S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO). I think this marks a return to sanity amongst lithium investors.

The gold boom never stopped

In a typical ASX trend over the past two days, investors are rushing back into gold shares.

Yesterday the 4 largest advances among large-cap shares were Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST), Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM), Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) and Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN) in that order.

From today I expect to see large inflows into gold mining shares again with lower tier. During the last mini-boom, one of the big winners was Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR).

The major ASX trend: travel and tourism 

As sentiment turns there is a clear pull back from those companies that stand to benefit from open economies. Air New Zealand Limited (ASX: AIZ) share price has seen consecutive falls by 7% on Wednesday and 9.5% on Thursday.

Likewise Scentre Group (ASX: SCG) in the real estate sector has seen share price falls of 4.4% on Wednesday and 8.1% on Thursday. Furthermore, the market is becoming increasingly sceptical about Australian real estate investment trusts (A-REITs), focussing on those with exposure to shopping centres after the GPT Group (ASX: GPT) announcement of a devaluation in their retail assets. 

Foolish takeaway

The market remains very febrile in the current economic environment. This will provide buying opportunities for those with the patience and nervous disposition to sit through any upcoming volatility.

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Motley Fool contributor Daryl Mather owns shares of Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Scentre Group. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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