The Wrap: ASX ends financial year 10.2 per cent lower after dramatic plunge

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The Wrap: ASX ends financial year 10.2 per cent lower after dramatic plunge

By Angus Dalton

Welcome to your five-minute recap of the trading day and how the experts saw it.

The numbers: The Australian sharemarket ended the financial year with a plunge, as a last-minute major drop took the day’s losses to 2 per cent, or 132.1 points to 6568.1.

The benchmark index suffered a 10.2 per cent loss over the 2021-22 financial year.

All sectors closed in the red. Utilities lost 2.9 per cent, energy was down 2.5 per cent and materials fell 2.8 per cent.

Financials were dragged down by falls from the big four banks that ranged between 2.2 and 2.8 per cent.

The ASX plunged 2 per cent following a mixed session on Wall Street.

The ASX plunged 2 per cent following a mixed session on Wall Street.Credit:NYSE

The lifters: Pointsbet 10.7%, The Lottery Corporation 2.3%, City Chic 1.1%

The laggards: Coronado Global -7%, Liontown Resources -5.8%, Emil Payments -5.8%

The lowdown: The ASX 200 was down 1.3 per cent only 15 minutes before close but an eleventh-hour plummet took the index to a 2 per cent loss, the worst result in a fortnight.

The index lost 10.2 per cent this financial year and June trading alone wiped 8.9 per cent off the ASX, the worst month since March 2020.


The fall of heavy-hitting financials and materials sectors, which steadied the market earlier in the year, was behind June’s plummeting market value, said Active Quantitative Equities head of portfolio management Bruce Apted. “With rates moving higher there is now a greater risk of an economic slowdown, a softer housing market and lower loan growth, all of which has negative implications for the profitability of many financial companies, especially the banks.

“The materials sector is also looking less resilient as risks of softening global growth increase.”

On Thursday, Commonwealth Bank hiked mortgage rates by a hefty 1.4 per cent. The RBA is expected to make another rate rise at Tuesday’s meeting amid ballooning inflation and resilient consumer spending.

Wall Street recorded broad losses overnight after Federal Bank chairman Jerome Powell signalled the window for wrestling inflation was closing and acknowledged there was a mounting risk of rates hikes pushing the US into a recession. His warning echoed earlier comments from Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe.

Tweet of the day:

Quote of the day: ”There’s a clock running here. The risk is that because of the multiplicity of shocks you start to transition into a higher-inflation regime. Our job is literally to prevent that from happening, and we will prevent that from happening ... Is there a risk we would go too far? Certainly there’s a risk. The bigger mistake to make, let’s put it that way, would be to fail to restore price stability. ” US Federal Bank chairman Jerome Powell on the risk of rate rises causing a recession.

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