The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has finally given investors a day that we can be glad to own ASX shares. After heavy falls on the Australian share market for three trading days in a row, the ASX 200 finally turned a corner this Tuesday with a 0.19% gain. That lifts the index up to 6,856.9 points.
This happy day of green ink comes despite a mixed night up on Wall Street last night.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) started the American trading week by losing 0.58% of its value. But the Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) fared far better and ended up rising by a decent 0.27%.
Let's get back to the local markets though, and see where today's gains came from with a look at the various ASX sectors.
Winners and losers
Despite the rise of the broader markets, we still had a few sectors that went backwards today.
Those were led by ASX consumer staples stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ) ended up tanking by a hefty 1.02% this Tuesday.
Utilities shares were another sore spot on the markets, with the S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ losing 0.51% of its value.
Healthcare shares didn't cop it quite as badly, but the S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) still dropped by 0.29%.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) only managed a slightly better performance, evidenced by the S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ)'s 0.21% retreat.
Communications were the final loser of the day. The S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) slipped by 0.2%.
But that's it for the red sectors.
Leading the green ones was the mining sector. The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) had a veritable party today, shooting up 0.85%.
Energy stocks weren't quite as enthusiastic, but no one will be lamenting the S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ)'s 0.39% move higher.
Tech shares were another winning space, illustrated by the S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ)'s rise of 0.18%.
Gold shares and consumer discretionary stocks were hot on tech's tail. The All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) recorded a rise of 0.16%, while the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) was bumped up by 0.17%.
Finally, financials shares made it into the green as well. The S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) inched 0.12% higher by the close of trading.
Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown
Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (ASX: LYC) took out the top spot on our best performers list this Tuesday. Lynas shares rocketed a massive 12.36% up to $6.82 a share. This seemed to be a result of a late notice today that Lynas successfully variated its Malaysian mining license.
Here's how the rest of today's winners fared:
|ASX-listed company||Share price||Price change|
|Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (ASX: LYC)||$6.82||12.36%|
|Core Lithium Ltd (ASX: CXO)||$0.35||6.06%|
|Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS)||$3.79||5.87%|
|Regis Resources Ltd (ASX: RRL)||$1.735||5.47%|
|Perseus Mining Ltd (ASX: PRU)||$1.76||5.07%|
|Viva Energy Group Ltd (ASX: VEA)||$2.84||4.03%|
|Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR)||$0.63||3.28%|
|IGO Ltd (ASX: IGO)||$10.87||2.74%|
|Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG)||$21.35||2.59%|
|Coronado Global Resources Inc (ASX: CRN)||$1.65||2.48%|
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.