It was a short week, but a good one for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) last week. Over the four days, the benchmark index rose 0.6% to 7,523.4 points.
Unfortunately, not all shares were able to climb with the market. Here’s why these were the worst performers on the ASX 200 last week:
Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P)
The Zip share price was the worst performer on the ASX 200 last week with a 13.4% decline. This may have been driven by news that rival Afterpay, now owned by Block Inc (ASX: SQ2), reported a big first half loss. In addition, analysts at Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) spoke negatively about the BNPL industry. According to the note, the broker’s data shows that BNPL web traffic declined during March. It feels this is a “red flag for the BNPL industry.”
Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS)
The Pilbara Minerals share price was out of form and dropped 7.5% over the period. This appears to have been driven by profit taking after some strong gains in recent months. One broker that sees this pullback as a buying opportunity is Citi. Last week the broker upgraded the company’s shares to a buy rating with a $3.60 price target.
City Chic Collective Ltd (ASX: CCX)
The City Chic share price wasn’t far behind with a decline of 7.2%. This was despite there being no news out of the plus sized fashion retailer last week. Though, it is worth noting that a disappointing half year result in February has hit investor sentiment hard. So much so, the City Chic share price is now down 46% since the start of the year.
A2 Milk Company Ltd (ASX: A2M)
The A2 Milk share price was a poor performer once again and dropped 7.1% over the four days. Investors were selling the embattled infant formula company’s shares after it was recently hit by two broker downgrades. Analysts are concerned over lockdowns in China and weakening reseller prices on Chinese ecommerce platforms. The A2 Milk share price hit a new multi-year low last week.