Sept 28 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell on Tuesday as
technology stocks tracked the overnight plunge in Wall Street's
tech-heavy Nasdaq index, while a firmer U.S. dollar pushed
domestic gold stocks to their lowest level in 1-1/2 years.
The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 0.62% at 7,338.50
points, as of 0100 GMT. The benchmark closed 0.57% higher on
Tech stocks dived 2.2% and extended losses to a
third day after tracking Wall Street's Nadaq Composite Index
lower with investors pivoting to value as tech shares,
hurt by rising Treasury yields, weighed on equities.
Megaport fell 3.3% to lead losses in the tech index,
followed by Appen that dropped 3.4%.
Sector heavyweight Afterpay fell as much as 0.8% to
hit a near one-week low and was on track for a second
consecutive session of losses.
Gold stocks dived as much as 3.1% to their lowest level
since March 2020 after a stronger dollar and elevated U.S.
Treasury yields made bullion less appealing for holders of other
Gold miners Ora Banda Mining and Evolution Mining
slid 4.3% and 3.9%, respectively, to lead losses in the
The metals and mining index was down 1.4% after
prices of industrial metals fell as power curbs in top consumer
China continued to hit demand.
Mining heavyweights Rio Tinto, BHP Group
and Fortescue Metals Group fell between 1.1% and 2.1%.
Energy stocks bucked the trend to gain up to 3.2%,
hitting their highest level in more than two months on firmer
Beach Energy rose 7.3% to lead gains in the index
while sector heavyweights Whitehaven Coal and Woodside
Petroleum were up 4.2% and 3.9%, respectively.
Financials climbed 0.4% with the "Big Four" banks
gaining between 0.2% and 2%.
Elsewhere, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.6% at 30,054.01
points versus the previous session's close of 30,240.06 points.
Across the Tasman sea, New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50
index was down 0.1% at 13,221.30 points.
(Reporting by Tejaswi Marthi in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry