It's been another depressing session for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) this Wednesday, making it three for three so far this week.
After tanking a horrid 1.3% yesterday, the ASX 200 dropped by another chunky 0.77% today, leaving the index at just 6,890.2 points. That's the lowest the index has been in almost a year.
This horrible hump day follows an equally savage session on the US markets last night (our time).
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) had a terrible time of it, falling by 1.29%. It was even worse for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC), which cratered by 1.87%.
Let's get back to the ASX though and assess the damage from today's trading with a look at the various ASX sectors.
Winners and losers
The ASX was again awash with red ink today, with only two sectors being spared a loss.
But first to the losers, and no sector lost more today than the financials space. The S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) finished the day 1.53% lower than where it started.
Communications shares were another leading loser. The S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) crashed by 1.1%.
Then we have ASX energy stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ) was another sore spot, losing 1.06%.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are next up. The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) fell by another 0.7% this Wednesday.
Turning to ASX tech shares, there was little relief there too. The S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ) retreated by 0.54%.
Consumer discretionary stocks provided no real solace either, evidenced by the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ)'s 0.42% fall.
ASX mining shares fared slightly better than most, yet no one will be celebrating the 0.27% backward step of the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ).
Healthcare stocks and consumer staples shares were our final two losers of the day. The S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) lost 0.2% of its value, while the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ) shed 0.14%.
Turning to the winners now, it was the gold sector that shone the brightest this session. The All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) recovered slightly from yesterday's shellacking, edging 0.78% higher.
The other place to be today was in utilities shares, demonstrated by the 0.34% gain of the S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ).
Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown
Today's top-performing stock ended up being ASX gold miner Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX: RMS).
Ramelius shares rocketed a healthy 4.27% to $1.465 a share, despite no fresh news from the company. We can possibly thank some ASX broker love for these gains.
Here's how the rest of the best shares went this Wednesday:
|ASX-listed company||Share price||Price change|
|Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX: RMS)||$1.465||4.27%|
|Data#3 Ltd (ASX: DTL)||$7||3.24%|
|Capricorn Metals Ltd (ASX: CMM)||$4.02||2.29%|
|Orora Ltd (ASX: ORA)||$2.73||2.25%|
|Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR)||$1.605||1.9%|
|Silver Lake Resources Ltd (ASX: SLR)||$0.84||1.82%|
|Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN)||$3.17||1.6%|
|Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Ltd (ASX: FPH)||$20.28||1.6%|
|GUD Holdings Limited (ASX: GUD)||$11.53||1.59%|
|Nufarm Ltd (ASX: NUF)||$4.70||1.51%|
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