Why Afterpay, Fortescue, GWA, & Jupiter Mines are dropping today

Afterpay Ltd (ASX:APT) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX:FMG) are two of four ASX shares dropping notably lower on Monday…

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In afternoon trade the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is fighting hard to get into positive territory but has just fallen short. The benchmark index is currently down slightly to 6,763.1 points.

Four ASX shares that are falling more than most today are listed below. Here’s why they are dropping:

Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT)

The Afterpay share price is down 4% to $109.00. Investors have been selling Afterpay and other tech shares on Monday after bond yields widened on Friday night. The US 10-year treasury bond hit a one-year high of 1.625%, leading to tech stocks on the Nasdaq index tumbling lower. The S&P/ASX All Technology Index (ASX: XTX) is down 1.25% at the time of writing.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG)

The Fortescue share price has fallen 4% to $20.43. Investors have been selling the iron ore producer’s shares on Monday following another pullback in the price of the steel-making ingredient on Friday night. According to CommSec, the benchmark iron ore price fell by US$5.35 a tonne or 3.1% to US$165.70 a tonne.

GWA Group Ltd (ASX: GWA)

The GWA share price has dropped 6% to $2.83. This follows news that the buildings products company’s shares will be kicked out of the ASX 200 index at the next rebalance. GWA is one of six companies that will be removed from the illustrious index on 22 March.

Jupiter Mines Ltd (ASX: JMS)

The Jupiter Mines share price has tumbled 7% to 30.7 cents. This morning the manganese mining company announced that the demerger and initial public offering of its Juno Minerals business will still go ahead, but on a delayed timetable. As a result, a general meeting of Jupiter shareholders will be held by the end of April to re-approve the capital reduction and demerger. The process is now expected to complete in May.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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