Why AIC Mines, Fletcher Building, Nufarm, and Wesfarmers shares are dropping

These shares are having a tough finish to the week. But why?

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In afternoon trade, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to end the week deep in the red. The benchmark index is currently down 1.1% to 7,726.6 points.

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

AIC Mines Ltd (ASX: A1M)

The AIC Mines share price is down over 9% to 53.5 cents. This has been driven by the completion of the copper miner's institutional placement this morning. AIC Mines revealed that it has received firm commitments for $57.2 million from institutional and sophisticated investors for a placement of 110 million new shares at an issue price of $0.52 per new share. Management advised that the proceeds will be applied primarily to the advancement of the Jericho link drive. AIC Mines' shares are up 90% since the start of March.

Fletcher Building Ltd (ASX: FBU)

The Fletcher Building share price is down 4% to $2.83. This building materials company's shares jumped on Thursday amid rumours that it could be a takeover target of US-based global investment firm Platinum Equity. However, with no offer being made public today, it seems that some investors have decided to take a bit of profit off the table. Fletcher Building's shares are down almost 40% since this time last year.

Nufarm Ltd (ASX: NUF)

The Nufarm share price is down a further 2% to $4.63. Investors have been selling this agricultural chemicals company's shares since the release of its half year results this week. Nufarm's profits fell well short of expectations during the half. One broker that wasn't overly impressed with its performance was Bell Potter. In response to the result, the broker retained its hold rating and slashed its price target to $5.10 from $6.35. The broker commented: "We see FY24e as an abnormally difficult year."

Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES)

The Wesfarmers share price is down almost 4% to $63.88. This appears to have been driven by the release of a bearish broker note out of Morgan Stanley. According to the note, the broker has downgraded the Bunnings owners' shares to an underweight rating with a $56.20 price target. The broker believes that Wesfarmers' shares are expensive compared to peers and sees limited scope for an earnings upgrade to justify the premium. In light of this, it believes that Wesfarmers' shares could be dragged lower in the near future. Morgan Stanley's price target implies potential downside of 12% from current levels.

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 positions in and has recommended Wesfarmers. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Wesfarmers. 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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