It's been a horrible start to the trading week for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) this Monday. After heavy falls last Thursday and Friday, investors hoping for a reprieve today have been bitterly disappointed.
The ASX 200 ended up finishing the day down a meaty 0.82%, putting the index at 6,844.1 points – an 11-month low.
This tempestuous start to the week follows a rough end to the US's week last Friday night (our time).
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) ended the week with an awful loss of 0.86%. But the Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) was the index that really ruined the weekend, posting a crash of 1.53%.
But back to the ASX now, and let's check out what was going on with the different ASX sectors today.
Winners and losers
We had far more down moves to report this Monday than up moves.
But no sector sank lower than energy shares today. This sector had a clanger, with investors tearing off a 3% chunk out of the S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ).
It wasn't much better for ASX mining stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) also suffered a heavy blow, losing 2.34% of its value.
Gold shares were another sore spot, with the All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) tanking 1.06%.
As were communications stocks, represented by the S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ)'s loss of 0.69%.
Financials shares only managed to fall by a little less than that, with the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) losing 0.51%.
The tech sector was also on the nose today. The S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ) dropped 0.42%.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) weren't helping anyone out, with the S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) sinking 0.22%.
That's it for the losers. The winner's list is a lot shorter, headed by ASX healthcare shares. The S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) gave investors some respite today, rising a sunny 1.53%.
Consumer staples stocks also proved to be a safe haven, illustrated by the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ)'s healthy 0.74% jump upwards.
Utilities shares also proved to be immune to the market's woes. The S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ inched 0.06% higher by day's end.
Finally, consumer discretionary shares couldn't decide what to do and ended up going nowhere, with the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) flat.
Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown
It was ASX tech share Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX: WBT) that yet again topped the ASX's high achievers list this Monday.
Weebit Nano shares surged another 15.16% today up to $4.33. It looks like investors remain euphoric over the announcement last week of a new commercial agreement with the South Korean foundry DB HiTek.
Here's a look at the rest of today's winning stocks:
|ASX-listed company||Share price||Price change|
|Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX: WBT)||$4.33||15.16%|
|ARB Corporation Ltd (ASX: ARB)||$31.86||5.29%|
|ResMed Inc (ASX: RMD)||$23.44||3.53%|
|Growthpoint Properties Australia Ltd (ASX: GOZ)||$2.19||3.3%|
|Polynovo Ltd (ASX: PNV)||$1.155||3.13%|
|Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Ltd (ASX: FPH)||$19.44||2.64%|
|Data#3 Ltd (ASX: DTL)||$7.11||2.45%|
|Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR)||$0.61||2.52%|
|Insignia Financial Ltd (ASX: IFL)||$2.09||2.45%|
|Fletcher Building Ltd (ASX: FBU)||$4.15||2.22%|
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.