In afternoon trade on Friday the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to end the week with a strong gain. At the time of writing, the benchmark index is up 0.75% to 6,764.8 points.
Four ASX shares that have failed to follow the market higher today are listed below. Here’s why they are sinking:
Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT)
The Flight Centre share price is down 4% to $18.64. This appears to have been driven by profit taking after a strong gain on Thursday following the Government’s announcement of a $1.2 billion stimulus package for the tourism industry. In addition, analysts at Citi have responded to the news by retaining their sell rating and $16.80 price target on the company’s shares.
Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST)
The Northern Star share price has fallen 3% to $9.46. Investors appear to be selling safe haven assets like gold miners on Friday and buying risk on assets such as tech shares. This follows a very positive night of trade on Wall Street, which saw the Nasdaq index rise 2.5%.
Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (ASX: SXL)
The Southern Cross Media share price has plunged 9.5% to $2.00. The media company’s shares have come under pressure today after Channel Nine advised that it will not be extending its regional affiliation with Southern Cross Media after it expires in June. Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Ltd (ASX: NEC) has instead signed a deal with WIN.
Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE)
The Treasury Wine share price is down over 3% to $11.11. This decline means that the wine company’s shares have now given back almost all their gains from earlier this week. A mixed response to its plans in the Americas has been behind the volatility. Yesterday Citi retained its sell rating and $9.30 price target on the company’s shares.