Why Appen, Arizona Lithium, Australian Stategic Materials, and Nuix shares are dropping

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Red arrow going down on a chart, symbolising a falling share price.In afternoon trade, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to start the week with a gain. At the time of writing, the benchmark index is 1% to 6,669.6 points.

Four ASX shares that have failed to follow the market higher today are listed below. Here’s why they are dropping:

Appen Ltd (ASX: APX)

The Appen share price is down over 2% to $5.87. This morning the team at Citi warned that demand from Appen’s largest customers could be softening. The broker also believes that the company could be losing market share to Telus Corp’s Lionbridge business. Citi remains neutral with a $6.60 price target on Appen’s shares.

Arizona Lithium Ltd (ASX: AZL)

The Arizona Lithium share price is down 6.5% to 7.95 cents. This appears to have been driven by the completion of the the lithium explorer’s $12 million placement at a discount of 7 cents per share this morning. The proceeds will be applied to the land purchase for the lithium processing plant, expansion and operation of the lithium research centre, and securing IP protection over its lithium processing technology.

Australian Strategic Materials Ltd (ASX: ASM)

The Australian Strategic Materials share price is down 3% to $3.17. Investors have been selling this integrated materials company’s shares after it announced the exit of its managing director and chief executive officer, David Woodall, with immediate effect. Mr Woodall gave no explanation for his departure.

Nuix Ltd (ASX: NXL)

The Nuix share price is down 11% to 65 cents following the release of a trading update. The investigative analytics and intelligence software provider revealed that it expects its revenue to be in the range of $151 million to $154 million in FY 2022. The midpoint of this range implies a 13.4% decline year on year. Things were much worse for its statutory EBITDA, which is expected to come in at $10 million to $12 million. This will be a ~64% decline year on year.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Appen Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended Nuix Pty Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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