Here are the top 10 ASX 200 shares today

It was mayhem on the markets today, with one of the worst days in a long time for ASX shares.

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It was a horrific day for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) and most ASX shares this Tuesday, no way around it.

After a few days of falls, sellers really let loose this session, with the ASX 200 collapsing by an awful 1.81%, leaving the index at 7,612.5 points. That makes today one of the worst days for ASX shares in more than a year.

Today's market carnage comes after a pretty nasty night over on the US markets last night too.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) started its week off on the wrong foot, falling by 0.65%.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) was even more spurned, tanking by a depressing 1.79%.

But let's return to the ASX and grit our teeth for a look at how this sobering day trickled down to the various ASX sectors.

Winners and losers

It wasn't too surprising to see not one sector eke out a rise this Tuesday.

But the worst place to be was in consumer discretionary shares. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) had a clanger, cratering by 2.39%.

Utilities shares had a horrid time too, as you can see from the S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ)'s 2.15% belting.

Mining stocks weren't much better. The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) was wrung out by 2.03%.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) weren't a source of comfort. The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) was just behind with a retreat of 1.99%.

Financial shares faced the wrath of investors as well, evidenced by the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ)'s 1.92% collapse.

Energy stocks were rejected by investors too. The S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ) was given a 1.78% downgrade today.

Gold shares weren't a safe place for investors to hide either, illustrated by the All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD)'s 1.54% fall.

Industrial stocks followed close behind that. The S&P/ASX 200 Industrials Index (ASX: XNJ) saw 1.38% wiped from its value.

Healthcare shares certainly didn't live up to their name today, with the S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) tanking 1.36%.

Tech stocks had a better time than most, but the S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ) still got a 1.31% haircut from investors.

Consumer staples shares were also some of the day's better performers, although you wouldn't know it from the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ)'s loss of 1.21%.

Finally, the best-performing sector today was the communications sector. But that probably won't be too comforting for lovers of the S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ), which slid down 1.03%.

Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown

It was scant pickings amongst the green shares of the index today. The best-performer was REIT BWP Trust (ASX: BWP).

BWP units enjoyed a 2.08% bump up to $3.44, despite no obvious catalysts behind this move.

Here's a look at the rest of the top shares from today's trading:

ASX-listed company Share price Price change
BWP Trust (ASX: BWP) $3.44 2.08%
Lifestyle Communities Ltd (ASX: LIC) $14.12 1.44%
IPH Ltd (ASX: IPH) $6.15 1.15%
PEXA Group Ltd (ASX: PXA) $11.50 1.14%
Sandfire Resources Ltd (ASX: SFR) $9.17 1.10%
Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT (ASX: CQE) $2.55 0.79%
Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX: RMS) $1.975 0.77%
Virgin Money UK plc (ASX: VUK) $4.12 0.73%
Amcor plc (ASX: AMC) $13.87 0.51%
IDP Education Ltd (ASX: IEL) $16.10 0.44%

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.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Idp Education and PEXA Group. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Amcor Plc. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended IPH and Idp Education. 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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