The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) managed another rise for this Tuesday's session, building on yesterday's positive start to the trading week. By the close of trading, the ASX 200 had closed a healthy 0.28% higher, leaving the index at 7,078.2 points.
This strong showing for the ASX comes after an even better night on Wall Street overnight as the American trading week kicked off.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) saw a robust start to the week's trading, rising by a pleasing 0.58%. The Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) did even better, rocketing by a happy 1.13%.
But let's return to the local markets and break down where today's gains come from with a look at the performances of the various ASX sectors.
Winners and losers
Despite the market's broader moves today, we still had a fairly even split between the winning and losing sectors.
Starting with the latter, it was utilities shares that took out today's crown of thorns. The S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ) had a shocker, tanking by 1.67%.
Not nearly as punished was the consumer discretionary sector. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) still sank by a hefty 0.83% though.
Their consumer staples counterparts came next, with the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ) sliding 0.4%.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) weren't having a great time of it today either. The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) was slapped down by 0.39%.
Next up was the industrials space. The S&P/ASX 200 Industrials Index (ASX: XNJ) was also on the wrong side of the table, dropping 0.17%.
Now onto happier things. Right out of the gate, it was gold stocks lighting up the ASX boards this Tuesday. The All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) reversed yesterday's heavy losses with a robust 1.98% vault higher.
Right behind gold were broader mining shares. The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) surged by a healthy 1.44% by the closing bell.
Energy shares came in next, with the S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ) delivering a rise of 0.27%.
That was mirrored by ASX financials stocks, with the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) delivering exactly the same performance.
Our final sector today is the communications space. The S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) closed this Tuesday with a rise of 0.21%.
Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown
Tech stock Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX: WBT) was our best index performer for today's session. The Weebit Nano share price rose by an enthusiastic 6.42% to $3.98 a share.
This may have been a consequence of the investor presentation the company put out this morning. However, Weebit shares have had a very volatile few days indeed, so who knows?
Here's how the rest of today's winning shares clocked in:
|ASX-listed company||Share price||Price change|
|Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX: WBT)||$3.98||6.42%|
|PEXA Group Ltd (ASX: PXA)||$12.14||5.84%|
|Genesis Minerals Ltd (ASX: GMD)||$1.66||5.4%|
|Sandfire Resources Ltd (ASX: SFR)||$6.29||5.01%|
|Collins Foods Ltd (ASX: CKF)||$10.26||4.69%|
|Chalice Mining Inc(ASX: CHN)||$1.59||4.26%|
|Liontown Resources Ltd (ASX: LTR)||$1.52||4.11%|
|Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN)||$1.04||4.00%|
|Allkem Ltd (ASX: AKE)||$9.29||3.57%|
|Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST)||$11.86||3.49%|
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.