ASX 200 slips 22 points to 7468 (-0.3%) on higher-than-expected CPI. Turnaround from solid open as CPI came in above expectation at 7.8% highest since 1990. Resources slid a little with BHP off 1.0% and RIO down 0.7% with quarterlies dominating and gold miners sliding lower. SBM collapsed on quarterly down 21.4%, lithium slightly better in places, IGO up 0.3% and MIN falling 2.2% on delays at Mt Marion. Energy stocks slipped, WDS off 1.2% despite record production numbers, STO down 1.6% and WHC off 1,4%. Banks better on higher yields, CBA up 0.7% and NAB better by 0.5%. The Big Bank Basket up to $188.58. MQG better and insurance stocks gaining on yields. QBE up 1.0%. REITs slipped with GMG down 0.7% and SCG off 1.0%. Tech down, WTC unchanged on an acquisition. XRO under pressure down 2.8% and the All-Tech Index down 1.3%. Healthcare down too, CSL off 0.6% and RHC off 1.0%. In corporate news, NWS and Fox will not be merging, ALX down 0.2% on pre-CV19 trends, US lithium company Albemarle lifts lithium demand by nearly 15%. In economic news, CPI up 7.8% in highest jump since 1990. Analysts go back to the drawing board with 40bps suggested by some in Feb. Asian markets still celebrating Lunar New Year although Japan up 0.5%. 10-year yields up to 3.50%. Dow futures down 89 points. NASDAQ futures down 92 points.
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