Why BHP, Nufarm, Peninsula Energy, and Regis Resource shares are sinking today

These ASX shares are having a tough session on Thursday. But why?

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The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is having a tough time on Thursday. In afternoon trade, the benchmark index is down 0.5% to 7,808.4 points.

Four ASX shares that are falling more than most today are listed below. Here's why they are dropping:

BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP)

The BHP Group share price is down 2.5% to $45.02. The market has responded negatively to news that the Big Australian has made a third offer for Anglo American plc (LSE: AAL). And while the offer has been rejected, the two parties will continue discussions for another week. Commenting on the rejection, the Anglo American board said: "The Board considered BHP's Latest Proposal carefully, concluded it does not meet expectations of value delivered to Anglo American's shareholders, and has unanimously rejected it." It then adds that it is "willing to continue to engage with BHP and its advisers on this topic and has therefore requested a one week extension to the PUSU deadline which has been consented to by the Panel."

Nufarm Ltd (ASX: NUF)

The Nufarm share price is down over 4% to $4.81. This follows the release of the agricultural chemicals company's half year results. Nufarm reported revenue of $1.8 billion but a statutory net profit after tax of just $49 million. The good news is that a stronger second half is expected. Nufarm CEO, Greg Hunt, said: "Despite challenging conditions, Nufarm delivered a solid result for the first half of fiscal 24. For FY24 we expect EBITDA of between $350 million and $390 million. The mid-point of our guidance implies growth of 25% YoY in EBITDA in the second half of FY24."

Peninsula Energy Ltd (ASX: PEN)

The Peninsula Energy share price is down almost 7% to 11.2 cents. This uranium miner is in the process of raising funds. Earlier this week, it revealed that strong demand and support was received from both new and existing global institutional and sophisticated investors as part of its fully underwritten $105.9 million equity raising. The retail component of this raising opened this morning. The proceeds are expected to fully fund operations at the flagship Lance Projects to sustainable free cash flow in 2025.

Regis Resources Ltd (ASX: RRL)

The Regis Resources share price is down 7.5% to $1.96. Investors have been selling Regis Resources and other ASX gold shares on Thursday following a sharp pullback in the gold price overnight. This has seen the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Gold index lose almost 4% of its value today.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. 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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