All Ordinaries (XAO) flat as lithium shares flop

The Australian share market or All Ordinaries (INDEXASX: XAO) ended Thursday mostly yet despite the selloff in lithium stocks. The ETF Securities ACDC ETF (ASX: ACDC) will be in focus.

All Ordinaries (XAO) ends flat

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The property sector was a standout, gaining 2.6 per cent, with healthcare not far behind posting another positive day, up 2 per cent, behind a 2.2 per cent improvement in CSL Limited (ASX: CSL). The trigger appears to be an increasingly conservative tone from the RBA which suggests the currently expected rate hikes may never fully eventuate. Interest rates are a key input into property valuations, hence the support for the property sector with Centuria (ASX: CIP) gaining 4.2 per cent and Goodman Group (ASX: GMG) up 4.9 per cent. Growthpoint (ASX: GOZ) finished 3 per cent higher after management guided to a slight improve in revenue and profits on the back of more positive revaluations of their portfolio.

Pilbara delivers, lithium falls

The chart below shows an ETF that tracks the shares of companies involved in the storage and production of energy, the ETF Securities ACDC ETF (ASX: ACDC). Get our free report on ACDC by clicking here.

In the ASX 200, the lithium sector appears to be getting caught up in concerns that higher interest rates and the threat of a recession will lead to lower car, and hence battery, demand. Among the biggest detractors in recent weeks has been Lake Resources or LKE which has fallen by more than 50 per cent in the few short weeks since it was added to the S&P/ASX200 index.

It appears LKE’s managing director, who unexpectedly resigned, has dumped all 10 million shares he owned. On the positive side, Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) announced another cargo of 5,000 tonnes of spodumene concentrate had been sold at a price of US$7,017 per tonne, representing a 30 per cent premium to current pricing in China.

Shares in AGL (ASX: AGL) were down 1.3 per cent after management confirmed the timeline for their strategic review with final delivery due in September this year as they seek to move on from the failed demerger. Meanwhile, ASX minnow PayGroup Ltd (ASX: PYG) shares gained more than 155 per cent after receiving a takeover offer from global player Deel.

Walmart & Netflix in focus

The US sharemarket benefits from a more dovish tone from the US Federal Reserve, which highlighted the challenges of cutting inflation without sending the economy into a recession.

It is looking like one of those bad news is good news periods with unemployment benefits declining by just 2,000 and the private sector seeing a sharp slowdown in growth as higher prices hit demand. The service sector also fell to a five month low, with a PMI reading of 51.6.

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) was slightly higher after management finally confirmed it would release an ad-supported version at a lower price point, whilst Walmart (NYSE: WMT) gained more than 2 per cent in a broader rally for the staples sector. Walmart confirmed it was rolling out healthcare coverage for women. Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) stock fell slightly, hit by the weakening oil price, despite Warren Buffett confirming he had increased his stake in the company.

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