After a shaky day of trading, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has managed to end the week on a positive note. It's been a wild and brutal week for investors, but the ASX 200 snatched a rise from the jaws of a loss today, ending the trading session up a tentative 0.03% at 7,148.1 points.
This somewhat encouraging performance today comes after a negative night of trading over on Wall Street last night (our time).
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) lost an initial bounce and ended up 0.84% lower last night. The Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) fared even worse, recording a significant loss of 1.17%.
But let's turn back to the local markets now and take a look at how the various ASX sectors ended the week.
Winners and losers
Today saw a pretty even mix when it came to winners and losers amongst the various corners of the share market.
Leading the losers this Friday was the communications space. The S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) ended up losing a 1.89% chunk of its value today.
The next-worst place to be was in consumer discretionary shares. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) ended up finishing 0.97% lower.
Financials also had a poor showing, with the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) slipping by 0.46%.
That was mirrored by the consumer staples space. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ) retreated by 0.46% today.
Energy shares didn't help matters. The S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ) ended up giving investors a 0.43% loss.
But let's now turn to the sectors that were putting a smile on ASX investors' dial today.
None more so than the real estate investment trusts (REITs) space. The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) built on yesterday's wins with a nice 1.88% spike today.
Utilities shares were also in a good mood. The S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ) ended up banking a solid 1.16% gain.
Miners were in good form as well, with the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) rising by 0.8%.
ASX gold stocks were just behind. After a rough week, the All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) glittered with its 0.64% gain.
Not to be left out, healthcare shares were another bright spot on the markets. The S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) rose by 0.48% by close of trading.
Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown
We had some big moves amongst the ASX 200's top shares this Friday to end the week. Most prominently, Magellan Financial Group Ltd (ASX: MFG) soared by a massive 13.26% to $10.42 a share.
This spike came after Magellan revealed its well-received earnings for the 2023 financial year this morning.
Here's a look at the rest of the ASX's A-team this Friday:
|ASX-listed company||Share price||Price change|
|Magellan Financial Group Ltd (ASX: MFG)||$10.42||13.26%|
|Abacus Group (ASX: ABG)||$1.19||10.19%|
|Goodman Group (ASX: GMG)||$22.40||7.28%|
|Inghams Group Ltd (ASX: ING)||$3.38||5.96%|
|Amcor plc (ASX: AMC)||$14.96||5.58%|
|Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH)||$261.70||4.27%|
|Netwealth Group Ltd (ASX: NWL)||$15.33||4.21%|
|Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN)||$0.77||3.36%|
|Champion Iron Ltd (ASX: CIA)||$5.49||3.00%|
|GUD Holdings Ltd (ASX: GUD)||$11.58||2.84%|
Our top 10 shares countdown is a recurring end-of-day summary to let you know which companies were making big moves on the day. Check in at Fool.com.au after the weekday market closes to see which stocks make the countdown.