Why Altium, Appen, National Storage, & Woolworths are tumbling lower

Here’s why these shares are out of form on Wednesday…

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In late afternoon trade, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to record a small decline. At the time of writing, the benchmark index is down 0.1% to 7,284.6 points.

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

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU)

The Altium share price is down 7.5% to $34.27. Investors appear to be taking profit after an incredible gain earlier this week. Even after today’s decline, the electronic design software company’s shares are up 26% since the start of the week. This has been driven by a rejected takeover approach from US software giant Autodesk.

Appen Ltd (ASX: APX)

The Appen share price has fallen 3.5% to $12.86. This also appears to have been driven by profit taking. Prior to today, this artificial intelligence data services company’s shares were up 15% since this time last month. Improving investor sentiment in the tech sector and optimism over its new operating model have helped drive its shares higher.

National Storage REIT (ASX: NSR)

The National Storage share price is down 2% to $2.04. This follows news that National Storage has raised gross proceeds of approximately $260 million via an accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer. The storage giant raised the funds at a 4% discount of $2.00 per new share. It is now aiming to raise a further $65 million from retail investors. These funds will be used to support its growth strategy.

Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX: WOW)

The Woolworths share price is down 2% to $42.63. Today’s decline appears to have been driven by a broker note out of Credit Suisse. According to the note, the broker has downgraded the retail giant’s shares to an underperform rating with a $37.98 price target. This follows its review of the company’s Endeavour demerger plans.

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James Mickleboro does not own any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and has recommended Altium and Appen Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Altium, Appen Ltd, and Woolworths Limited. 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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