In some much-needed relief, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has given investors a big day of relief. By the end of this Tuesday's session, the ASX 200 had shrugged off some late-day wobbles to close 0.12% higher at 6,780.7 points.
Today's positive but volatile showing for ASX shares comes after a euphoric session up on Wall Street last night.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) had a fantastic start to the American trading week, bouncing a happy 1.58% higher. It was a similar, if more subdued, situation for the Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC), which gained a still-rosy 1.16%.
But let's dive into today's market moves now with a look at the various performances of the different ASX sectors.
Winners and losers
We had an uneven split between winners and losers on the market today, with the winners thankfully coming out on top.
But starting off with the losers, and leading the pessimists was the gold space. The All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) had a terrible time today, tanking by 1.57%.
Broader mining shares were also a painful place to be, with the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) tumbling 1.08%.
Tech stocks were another sore point, with the S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ) losing 0.65% of its value.
Utilities shares fared a little better than that, but the S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ) still fell by 0.34%.
Turning to the winners now, and no sector won more today than real estate investment trusts (REITs). The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) had a cracking day, rising by 1.05%.
ASX consumer staples stocks also fared relatively well, evidenced by the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ)'s rise of 0.84%.
So too did financials shares. The S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) gained a robust 0.68%.
Consumer discretionary stocks were just behind that move, with the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) rising 0.53%.
Healthcare stocks were another winner this Tuesday. The S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) closed 0.42% higher.
Communications shares also had a comfortable time today, with the S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) enjoying a lift of 0.22%.
Finally, the energy sector was also a tentative winner, illustrated by the S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ)'s 0.08% nudge higher.
Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown
This Tuesday's top stock was poultry producer Inghams Group Ltd (ASX: ING).
Inghams shares jumped a pleasing 7.92%, up to $3.68 after the company released a well-received trading update today.
Here are Inghams' fellow top ten performers from this session:
|ASX-listed company||Share price||Price change|
|Inghams Group Ltd (ASX: ING)||$3.68||7.92%|
|Johns Lyng Group Ltd (ASX: JLG)||$6.10||4.81%|
|Life360 Inc (ASX: 360)||$7.75||4.73%|
|HomeCo Daily Needs REIT (ASX: HDN)||$1.07||3.88%|
|Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL)||$13.18||3.29%|
|QBE Insurance Group Ltd (ASX: QBE)||$15.60||3.04%|
|Dexus (ASX: DXS)||$6.48||2.86%|
|Neuren Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX: NEU)||$10.72||2.78%|
|Virgin Money UK plc (ASX: VUK)||$2.80||2.56%|
|Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN)||$4.91||2.29%|
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.