Weekly ASX Market Wrap — WSA and SAR Top Movers Last Week

The previous week saw the ASX All Ordinaries [XAO] close at 6,011 points. The opening three days of the week saw trading move sideways before a drop on Thursday.

Friday was a wild day of trading, with [XAO] eventually finishing up for the day.

The resistance level of 6,018 is proving to be a tough nut to crack.

ASX Weekly Wrap - XAO Price Chart

Source: Optuma

The week ahead for the All Ords

The most recent move up for the All Ords stagnated at 6,134 points — unable to move up past the most recent high of 6,314, this could be indicating weakness and a lack of commitment from buyers to the move up.

There are also plenty of fears about that a resurgence of COVID-19 will grip the nation, with Victoria proving to be a hot spot for the virus at present.

This coming week could be the start of a slide for the All Ords.

Should the price fall below the resistance level of 5,853, then the levels of 5,620 and 5,381 may provide support against a further fall.

ASX Weekly Market Wrap - XAO Price Chart 2

Source: Optuma

Which sectors did best and the top movers from last week

Last week most sectors mostly moved sideways with only the health sector showing any gains, moving up 1.43%.

The largest declines were in energy and industrials, both pulling back 4.28%, along with the materials sector falling away 2.05%.

Moving into the stocks, Western Areas Ltd [ASX:WSA] jumped up 22.52% and Saracen Minerals Ltd [ASX:SAR] also posted a gain in the double digits — 10.06%, in fact. Sonic Healthcare Ltd [ASX:SHL] and ResMed Inc [ASX:RMD] also made notable gains of 5.69% and 7.44%, respectively.

On the downside, the big losers last week were Challenger Ltd [ASX:CGF] and Crown Resorts Ltd [ASX:CWN] — falling away 13.53% and 8.29%, respectively, along with Sydney Airport [ASX:SYD] also declining 7%.

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Carl Wittkopp,
For Money Morning

Carl Wittkopp writes for Money Morning and has a diploma in Financial Planning. He specialises in technical analysis.

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