S&P/ASX 200 on track for worst daily fall this year following a sharp decline on Wall Street

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures fell 0.6% to US$63.17 a barrel on Friday, giving up all of Thursday’s gains.

Australian Vanadium Ltd - S&P/ASX 200
Spot gold was down 1.8% at US$1,772.86 per ounce as a surge in U.S. treasury yields dented demand for the safe-haven metal.

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) fell 1.96% to 6700 points by 2.04 pm following a sharp decline on Wall Street overnight as investors panicked on rising longer-term US Treasury yields.

The benchmark index is on track for its worst daily decline of the year so far.

10-year US treasury note briefly crossed the 1.6% level on Thursday, its highest level in more than a year.

Locally, all sectors were lower by at least 1% with technology the worst performer, falling 5%.

Reporting season

Harvey Norman (ASX:HVN) doubled its net profit to $462 million on a 25% rise in total sales to $5.1 billion as sales for furniture and electricals remained strong during the pandemic.

Infant formula maker Bubs (ASX:BUB) shares have lifted 3.6% after goat milk formula sales to China rose 36% while Australian retail sales also saw strong gains.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) (+4.76%), Danakali Ltd (ASX:DNK) (+3.70%), Great Boulder Resources Ltd (ASX:GBR) (+6.67%), Maximus Resources Limited (ASX:MXR) (+3.45%), West Wits Mining Limited (ASX:WWI) (+4.23%) and Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (+6.41%).

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European Lithium begins resource extension drilling at Wolfsberg Lithium Project in heart of Europe

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Arrow Minerals in "transformative" agreement with Trevali Mining for exploration rights in Burkino Faso

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FYI Resources anticipates 'progressive' six months ahead

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Peninsula Energy continues to collect key data from MU1A low-pH field demonstration at flagship Lance Project in Wyoming, US

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Food Revolution Group digesting strong half-year results

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