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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 bounces, gold and coal miners rally, US futures higher

Wed 21 Dec 22, 4:43pm (AEST)

The S&P/ASX 200 closed 91 points higher, up 1.29%.

The local sharemarket recouped most of Tuesday's losses, coal and gold stocks were among the best performers, Westpac posts some ugly forward-looking data and a quick chart dump for Resource companies.

Let's dive in.


Today in Review

Wed 21 Dec 22, 4:32pm (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,115.1 +1.29%
All Ords 7,293.0 +1.30%
Small Ords 2,806.7 +1.76%
All Tech 1,999.4 +1.10%
Emerging Companies 2,078.4 +0.72%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6667 -0.13%
US Futures
S&P 500 3,865.75 +0.43%
Dow Jones 33,223.0 +0.51%
Nasdaq 11,222.25 +0.42%
Name Value % Chg
Sector
Utilities 8,294.8 +3.83%
Real Estate 3,038.5 +2.78%
Energy 11,342.6 +2.63%
Materials 17,822.7 +2.26%
Information Technology 1,410.1 +1.70%
Consumer Discretionary 2,738.7 +1.04%
Consumer Staples 12,691.9 +0.59%
Health Care 41,205.2 +0.52%
Industrials 6,373.3 +0.50%
Financials 6,418.5 +0.47%
Communication Services 1,414.2 +0.04%

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Markets

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas! The ASX 200 closed a little off session highs of 1.63% but managed to recoup most of Wednesday’s decline. Is this the beginning of the Santa rally or just a technical rally off the 200-day moving average and technical bounce from oversold levels (ASX 200 was down -3.1% in the previous four sessions).

  • Yield sensitive sectors like Utilities and Real Estate led to the upside

  • Energy and Materials followed closely behind thanks to a weaker US dollar and firmer commodity prices

  • Tech was another strong performer, with names like WiseTech, Computershare, Xero and Block all up at least 2.0%

  • Defensive sectors like Staples, Telcos and Healthcare underperformed benchmarks

  • 166 of the top 200 advanced (83%)

Economy

The six-month annualised growth rate in Westpac’s Leading Index fell to -0.92% in November from -0.84% in October.

  • The index indicates the likely pace of economic activity relative to trend three to nine months into the future

  • November was the fourth consecutive month of negative growth

  • Westpac forecasts 1.0% GDP growth over the next year, with zero growth in the second half of 2023

  • Westpac expects the RBA to opt for another 25 bp hike in February, March and May

Westpac’s ACCI actual composite index moderated to 49.0 in the December quarter from 64.6 in the previous quarter.

  • The AACI provides insights into manufacturing and economy-wide trends

  • The reading indicates that “conditions are approaching a stalling speed … flat new orders, a decline in employment and overtime, and a sharp deceleration in output.”

  • “A net 7% of firms expect new orders to rise in the next three months, down from 30% three months ago.”

  • “A net 14% of manufacturers expect output to rise over the next quarter, down from a net 46% and 23% in Q2 and Q3 respectively.” 

Commodities 

  • Iron ore futures +1.1% to US$110.45/t

  • Aluminum +0.8 to US$2,383/t

  • Copper -0.2% to US$3.79/lb

  • Gold -0.2% to US$1,813/oz


Latest news


Post market brief

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The ASX 200 rallied but it's difficult to distinguish whether or not this is genuine move or something that's very technical (200-day and oversold) and further exacerbated by illiquid Christmas volumes.

XJO chart
XJO chart (Source: TradingView)

Resources was the place to be thanks to the BoJ surprise knocking over the US dollar. A little bit of a review, chart dump and closer look at gold names.

Woodside is trying to recover from the sharp fall in oil prices. In the past few months, oil stocks have remained relatively resilient compared to oil prices.

Woodside chart
Woodside (Source: TradingView)

Coal miners were generally higher, many of which are up 5-15% in the past few days. A heavyweight name like Whitehaven Coal is now within 3% from all-time highs.

Whitehaven coal price chart
Whitehaven Coal (Source: TradingView)

Lithium stocks were weak, and they struggled to bounce even though Materials was one of the best performing sectors. On days like this, you can see how badly damaged the sector has become, compounded by news like: Goldman Sachs reports, Pilbara Minerals' auction results flagging peak prices, Tesla production cut rumors, China's EV subsidy coming to an end etc.

Allkem chart
Allkem (Source: TradingView)

Gold spot prices made a big move overnight. Most mid-to-large cap names gapped up and pushed higher as the way went on.

Evolution Mining chart
Evolution Mining (Source: TradingView)
Newcrest Mining chart
Newcrest Mining (Source: TradingView)
Perseus chart
Perseus Mining (Source: TradingView)

Major announcements

Share prices might be a little off today.

Mid-to-small caps

  • European Lithium (EUR) +16.5%: Signed a binding offtake agreement with BMW for 100% of the lithium hydroxide produced from the company’s Wolfsberg Project in Austria 

  • Arizona Lithium (AZL) +11.3%: Signed a definitive agreement to purchase Prairie Lithium, one of Canada’s ‘most advanced lithium brine companies’ 

  • Medadvisor (MDR) +11.1%: The medtech company expects 1H23 revenue to be $58-61m, up 50-60% on 1H22  

  • 5E Advanced Materials (5EA) +9.0%: Confirmed a target to hit boron and lithium production status by the end of 2Q23 and currently exploring options for its large-scale boron and lithium complex 

  • Comet Ridge (COI) +6.5%: Extended its negotiating period for the Gas Sales Agreement between CleanCo Queensland to 31 March 2023  

Trading halts

  • Iris Metals (IR1): Shares resume trade on Friday, 23 December pending the announcement of a material capital raising 

  • Earlypay (EPY): Shares resume trade on Friday, 23 December in relation to an update regarding FY23 outlook and guidance 


Broker updates

Ticker

Company

Broker

Action

Rating

Target price

AFG

Australian Finance Group

Citi

Retain

Buy

$2.40

CCX

City Chic Collective

UBS

Retain

Neutral

$0.45 from $1.10

DHG

Domain Holdings

UBS

Retain

Buy

$3.20

REA

REA Group

UBS

Retain

Neutral

$120.20 from $126.30


Scans

Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
KDY Kaddy Ltd $0.051 +54.55%
MBX My Foodie BOX Ltd $0.034 +36.00%
KNM Kneomedia Ltd $0.016 +29.17%
PLG Pearl Gull Iron Ltd $0.032 +28.00%
BOC Bougainville Copp... $0.345 +27.78%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
APL Associate Global ... $0.20 -54.55%
SYM SYMBIO Holdings Ltd $1.62 -36.72%
BWX BWX Ltd $0.22 -25.42%
PXX Polarx Ltd $0.017 -15.00%
AAP Australian Agricu... $0.018 -14.29%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
MCE Matrix Composites... $0.275 +19.57%
MTC Metalstech Ltd $0.53 +9.28%
DES Desoto Resources Ltd $0.19 +5.56%
PRN Perenti Ltd $1.29 +3.20%
QGL Quantum Graphite Ltd $0.66 +2.33%
View all 52 week highs

52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
APL Associate Global ... $0.20 -54.55%
SYM SYMBIO Holdings Ltd $1.62 -36.72%
BWX BWX Ltd $0.22 -25.42%
AAP Australian Agricu... $0.018 -14.29%
ICR Intelicare Holdin... $0.021 -12.50%
View all 52 week lows

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
OZBD Betashares Austra... $44.00 +0.39%
PCI Perpetual Credit ... $0.99 +0.51%
WVOL Ishares Edge MSCI... $35.33 +0.86%
NUF Nufarm Ltd $6.20 +2.14%
WBCPI Westpac Banking C... $103.49 +0.04%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
LPM Lithium Plus Mine... $0.37 0.00%
IR1 Iris Metals Ltd $1.16 0.00%
DUN Dundas Minerals Ltd $0.16 -3.03%
CAN Cann Group Ltd $0.205 +2.50%
GLN Galan Lithium Ltd $1.03 +1.48%
View all RSI oversold

Written By

Kerry Sun

Content Strategist

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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