AX1, NST, SYR, WBT: Why these ASX shares ended in red on Monday - Kalkine Media

November 20, 2023 09:07 PM AEDT | By Team Kalkine Media
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The S&P/ASX 200 Index has been displaying promising signs as the week commenced. The benchmark index showed a 0.13% increase, to close at 7,058.40 points.

Amidst this upward trend, several ASX shares deviated from the market's positive trajectory, encountering declines. Let's delve into the reasons behind their fall:

Accent Group Ltd (ASX: AX1)

The Accent share price experienced a notable 8.53% decline, settling at AU$1.77 apiece. This morning, analysts at Citi revised their stance on the footwear retailer's shares, downgrading them to a neutral rating. Simultaneously, they reduced the price target to AU$1.93. The downward revision followed a trading update during its annual general meeting, revealing unexpectedly higher costs, exerting pressure on the share value.

Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST)

Observing a 2.55% dip to AU$11.46 apiece, the Northern Star share price witnessed selling pressure alongside other gold miners. This downturn was instigated by the decline in the gold price on Friday, subsequently impacting the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Gold index, which experienced a 1.3% fall during the afternoon.

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX: SYR)

Despite the absence of any significant news from the graphite producer, the Syrah share price plummeted by 8.84% to 67 cents. Notably, the company ranks among the most shorted shares on the ASX. Today's decline could be attributed to an escalation in short sellers' positions, influencing market sentiment.

Weebit Nano Ltd (ASX: WBT)

Experiencing a 4.59% decrease to AU$3.74, investors exhibited a trend of selling shares in this memory technology company. This occurred despite positive news of the successful qualification of Weebit Nano's ReRAM IP module in its 130nm CMOS (S130) process, specifically designed for Grade-1 automotive applications. Additionally, the company's investor briefing was canceled due to visa issues faced by its CEO.

Factors Contributing to the Decline

The downturns in these ASX-listed companies can be attributed to various factors:

- Analyst revisions, highlighting unexpected costs in Accent Group Ltd

- Impact of declining gold prices affecting Northern Star Resources Ltd and other gold miners

- Increased short selling in Syrah Resources Ltd, influencing its share price

- Investors' response to positive news amid uncertainties in Weebit Nano Ltd


In conclusion, the S&P/ASX 200 Index's positive trajectory was contrasted by the decline in specific ASX shares due to company-specific issues and broader market trends. Understanding these nuances is crucial for investors navigating the dynamic landscape of the stock market.



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