Here are the top 10 ASX 200 shares today

The ASX 200 returned to green territory this Wednesday.

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After yesterday's hiccup, the strong run the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has been on this November continued today. By the close of trading, the ASX 200 added 0.26% to end the session at 6,995.4 points.

This positive performance comes after a decent day of trading on Wall Street overnight.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) edged 0.17% higher for its Tuesday session. The Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) fared a lot better though, gaining 0.9%.

Returning to the ASX, let's now have a look at how the different ASX sectors traversed the trading day.

Winners and losers

Starting off with the fallers today, no sector fell more than gold shares. The All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) had a horrid day, tanking by 2.48%.

It was also a bad day to be invested in mining stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) fell 1.05% by market close.

Energy shares dropped as well, although this sector's falls were more mild. The S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ) ended up closing 1.05% lower.

But that's it for the sectors you didn't want to be in today. Turning to the ones you did, it was tech stocks leading the charge. The S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ) had a corker, rocketing 1.86% higher.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) were also in hot demand. The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) rose by 1.19%.

Industrials shares were another bright spot, with the S&P/ASX 200 Industrials Index (ASX: XNJ) climbing 1.14%.

Communications stocks were just behind that. The S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) vaulted 0.92% upwards.

Financials stocks also proved to be a winner, with the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) lifting by 0.7%.

Consumer discretionary shares also made investors happy. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) increased by 0.48%.

Their consumer staples counterparts were hot on the tail, with the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ) rising 0.38%.

Finally, we get to healthcare shares. The S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) was the last winner, recording a gain of 0.42%.

Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown

Coming out on top today was construction materials company James Hardie Industries plc (ASX: JHX).

James Hardie shares rocketed a happy 13.76% to $46.97 each after the company delivered a pleasing second-quarter update today.

Here's a look at the rest of this Wednesday's winners:

ASX-listed company Share price Price change
James Hardie Industries plc (ASX: JHX) $46.97 13.76%
Sayona Mining Ltd (ASX: SYA) $0.087 8.75%
Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX: WBT) $4.41 6.78%
Core Lithium Ltd (ASX: CXO) $0.385 5.48%
Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC) $53.27 3.94%
Polynovo Ltd (ASX: PNV) $1.365 3.02%
Megaport Ltd (ASX: MP1) $10.47 3.66%
PEXA Group Ltd(ASX: PXA) $11.84 2.96%
Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX: CWY) $2.51 2.87%
IRESS Ltd  (ASX: IRE) $5.72 2.69%

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 after the weekday market closes to see which stocks make the countdown.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen has positions in Ramsay Health Care. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Megaport, PEXA Group, and PolyNovo. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Megaport. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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