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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 bounces, Wesfarmers profits top expectations, Unemployment rate hits 4.1%

Thu 15 Feb 24, 4:57pm (AEST)

The S&P/ASX 200 finished 58 points higher, up 0.77%.

The local sharemarket recouped all of yesterday's losses thanks to a strong set of results from Wesfarmers, Goodman Group and Origin Energy, Australia's unemployment unexpectedly hits a two-year high of 4.1%, Altium's board has backed a bid from Japanese semiconductor giant Renesas, Japan's economy unexpected falls into a recession and brokers follow up on Commonwealth Bank, Domain and IDP Education results.

Let’s dive in!


Today in Review

Thu 15 Feb 24, 4:43pm (AEDT)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,605.7 +0.77%
All Ords 7,851.7 +0.79%
Small Ords 2,946.8 +0.45%
All Tech 2,852.7 +3.08%
Emerging Companies 1,962.4 +0.60%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.649 -0.02%
US Futures
S&P 500 $5,019.0 +0.02%
Dow Jones $38,507.0 +0.03%
Nasdaq $17,881.5 +0.00%
Name Value % Chg
Sector
Information Technology 2,010.4 +6.81%
Real Estate 3,529.9 +3.37%
Consumer Discretionary 3,432.1 +2.77%
Consumer Staples 12,382.7 +1.30%
Industrials 6,934.3 +1.20%
Financials 7,078.6 +0.97%
Utilities 7,983.9 +0.69%
Health Care 42,541.2 +0.39%
Communication Services 1,587.0 -0.45%
Materials 17,680.8 -0.66%
Energy 10,514.8 -2.10%

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ASX 200 Session Chart

2024-02-15 16 43 03-S&P ASX 200 (LIVE DATA) Share Prices & Charts - Market Index
The ASX rallied and finished near best levels (Source: Market Index)

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  • The ASX 200 finished higher, near best levels and recouped all of yesterday's hotter-than-expected inflation data related losses

  • Technology was the best performing sector after Altium entered into a scheme implementation deed to be acquired by Renesas Electronics at a 33.6% premium

  • Altium's takeover offer, a pullback in bond yields and market bounce helped prop up most other tech names. Names like Wisetech, Xero, NextDC and Audinate finished the session 3-5% higher

  • Top performing sectors like Real Estate, Discretionary and Staples were all influenced by better-than-expected results from heavyweights like Goodman Group and Wesfarmers

  • Goodman Group (+7.0%) announced its 10th consecutive year of upgrading its full-year guidance and its earnings demonstrate its pivot into data centres

  • Wesfarmers (+5.0%) earnings came out 9% ahead of Citi expectations, with Kmart smashing expectations. The 91 cents per share interim dividend was also 8% ahead of Citi forecasts

  • Treasury Wine (+3.2%) earnings were largely in-line but statutory profit was 3% below consensus. The company plans to reallocate a portion of its Penfolds stock to China

  • Telstra (-2.3%) earnings were largely in-line with expectations but trimmed its full-year guidance to reflect weaker earnings from its enterprise division. All other divisions including mobile, consumer and infrastructure services posted solid numbers

  • Putting it all together – Several heavyweight companies reported better-than-expected results. The ASX 200 rallied thanks to a strong lead from Wall Street. Markets are generally recovering from the hot-CPI inspired selloff. That isn't to say we're out of the woods. But the price action has so far been constructive (and no panic selling). This is the kind of stuff you'd want to see after such a powerful Nov-Jan rally. Let's see if we can keep on kicking tomorrow

Economy

  • Australia's unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked up to 4.1% in January from 3.9% in the previous month and above 4.0% consensus. “This was the first time in two years, since January 2022, that the unemployment rate had been above 4 per cent," said ABS Head of Labour Statistics

  • Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into a recession, with Q4 GDP down -0.1% after a -0.8% contraction in Q3. Economists expected Q4 GDP to rise by 0.3%. Japan lost its title as the world's third-biggest economy to Germany. Analysts are warning of another contraction in the current quarter amid weak demand from China


Latest News


Interesting Movers

Trading higher

  • +28.8% Altium (ALU) – Takeover offer at $68.50 per share

  • +13.3% Sayona Mining (SYA) – Continuation rally

  • +9.1% Mesoblast (MSB) – FDA grants orphan drug designation to rexlemestrocel

  • +7.5% Winsome Resources (WR1) – Continuation rally

  • +7.0% Goodman Group (GMG) – Earnings

  • +6.4% Temple & Webster (TPW) – Post earnings continuation rally

  • +5.9% Downer (DOW) – Post earnings continuation rally

  • +5.0% Wesfarmers (WES) – Earnings

  • +4.7% Domain Group (DHG) – Upgraded by multiple brokers

  • +4.4% Magellan (MFG) – Earnings

  • +3.6% Orica (ORI) – FY24 business update

Trading lower

  • -13.1% Data#3 (DTL) – Earnings

  • -13.0% Pro Medicus (PME) – Earnings

  • -8.8% IDP Education (IDP) – Downgraded by multiple brokers

  • -5.7% Whitehaven Coal (WHC) – Earnings

  • -5.3% Fletcher Building (FBU) – Downgraded by multiple brokers

  • -5.3% Maas Group (MGH) – Earnings

  • -3.4% Accent Group (AX1) – Pullback

  • -2.3% Telsta (TLS) – Earnings

  • -1.7% BHP (BHP) – Nickel West impairment and higher provisions for Samarco dam failure


Broker Notes

  • AMP (AMP)

    • Upgraded to buy from neutral at Citi; Price Target: $1.25 from $0.90

    • Retained at equalweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $1.06 from $0.97

    • Retained at neutral at Jarden; Price Target: $1.15

    • Retained at neutral at JP Morgan; Price Target: $1.04

    • Retained at neutral at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $1.22

    • Retained at hold at Jefferies; Price Target: $1.15 from $0.97

  • Eagers Automotive (APE) initiated buy at Canaccord Genuity; Price Target: $16.00

  • BHP Group (BHP)

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $49.00

    • Retained at equalweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $45.75

  • Boral (BLD) retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $6.40

  • Beamtree Holdings (BMT) retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $0.70

  • Car Group (CAR) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $40.00 from $30.00

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

    • Downgraded to sell from neutral at UBS; Price Target: $105.00

    • Retained at sell at Citi; Price Target: $82.00 from $84.00

    • Retained at underperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $88.00

    • Retained at underweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $94.00 from $93.00

    • Retained at underweight at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $90.00 from $85.00

    • Retained at underweight at JP Morgan; Price Target: $89.00 from $88.00

    • Retained at underperform at CSLA; Price Target: $109.70 from $110.00

    • Retained at sell at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $81.98 from $82.37

    • Downgraded to reduce from hold at Morgans; Price Target: $91.28 from $90.18

  • Computershare (CPU)

    • Retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $31.00 from $32.00

    • Retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $30.00 from $29.00

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $28.00

  • Domain Holdings Australia (DHG)

    • Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $3.90 from $3.95

    • Retained at neutral at UBS; Price Target: $3.75 from $3.80

    • Retained at neutral at JP Morgan; Price Target: $3.15 from $3.40

    • Retained at buy at Jefferies; Price Target: $3.90 from $4.00

    • Upgraded to overweight from neutral at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $3.75

    • Upgraded to underperform from sell at CSLA; Price Target: $3.40

  • Downer EDI (DOW)

    • Retained at neutral at UBS; Price Target: $4.90 from $4.55

    • Retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $4.90 from $4.10

    • Retained at neutral at JP Morgan; Price Target: $4.70 from $4.10

    • Retained at neutral at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $4.90 from $4.60

  • Dexus (DXS)

    • Retained at neutral at Citi; Price Target: $8.20

    • Retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $7.38 from $7.36

    • Retained at underperform at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $7.65

  • Evolution Mining (EVN)

    • Retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $3.50 from $3.55

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $3.80

    • Retained at equalweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $3.35 from $3.55

    • Upgraded to buy from outperform at CLSA; Price Target: $3.75 from $3.50

    • Upgraded to overweight from neutral at JPMorgan; Price Target: $3.50 from $3.30

  • Fletcher Building (FBU)

    • Retained at equalweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $5.23 from $3.67

    • Downgraded to neutral from buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $3.70 from $4.65

  • Fortescue (FMG) retained at underweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $62.50

  • Goodman Group (GMG) retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $25.50

  • Graincorp Class A (GNC)

    • Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $9.30 from $9.50

    • Retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $8.80 from $9.00

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $9.26 from $9.70

    • Upgraded to add from hold at Morgans; Price Target: $8.55 from $8.08

  • G.U.D. Holdings (GUD)

    • Retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $12.80 from $13.00

    • Upgraded to buy from neutral at Citi; Price Target: $12.80 from $12.90

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $12.85 from $13.25

  • IDP Education (IEL)

    • Downgraded to hold from buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $23.60 from $25.00

    • Retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $28.00 from $27.60

    • Retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $27.50

    • Downgraded to neutral from overweight at JPMorgan; Price Target: $23.00 from $25.00

    • Retained at hold at Morgans; Price Target: $23.10 from $23.45

    • Retained at underperform at Jefferies; Price Target: $18.00 from $19.00

    • Retained at overweight at Jarden; Price Target: $29.45 from $27.25

  • Mineral Resources (MIN) retained at equalweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $18.80

  • Medibank Private (MPL) retained at equalweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $3.66

  • Ridley Corporation (RIC) retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $2.80

  • Rio Tinto (RIO) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $144.50

  • Seven Group Holdings (SVW)

    • Upgraded to buy from hold at Bell Potter; Price Target: $44.30 from $38.00

    • Retained at buy at UBS; Price Target: $45.00 from $34.50

    • Downgraded to neutral from outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $42.10 from $33.60

    • Retained at hold at Jefferies; Price Target: $31.20

    • Retained at neutral at JP Morgan; Price Target: $40.15 from $34.50

    • Retained at buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $42.10 from $32.50

  • The Lottery Corporation (TLC) retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $5.60

  • Telstra Group (TLS) retained at buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $4.65

  • Temple & Webster Group (TPW)

    • Retained at hold at Bell Potter; Price Target: $11.30 from $8.00

    • Retained at neutral at UBS; Price Target: $10.70 from $7.00

  • Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) retained at neutral at Citi; Price Target: $11.00

  • Wesfarmers (WES) retained at sell at Citi; Price Target: $45.00


Scans

Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
ASV Asset Vision Co Ltd $0.014 +55.56%
OLY Olympio Metals Ltd $0.078 +47.17%
JBY James Bay Mineral... $0.185 +32.14%
BVR Bellavista Resour... $0.13 +30.00%
ALU Altium Ltd $66.08 +28.91%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
29M 29METALS Ltd $0.19 -22.45%
MKG Mako Gold Ltd $0.014 -22.22%
ECG Ecargo Holdings Ltd $0.029 -21.62%
WSR Westar Resources Ltd $0.016 -20.00%
INV Investsmart Group... $0.125 -19.36%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
ALU Altium Ltd $66.08 +28.91%
W2V Way 2 Vat Ltd $0.017 +21.43%
PAA Pharmaust Ltd $0.235 +17.50%
CAY Canyon Resources Ltd $0.085 +14.87%
IPX Iperionx Ltd $2.21 +14.51%
View all 52 week highs

52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
29M 29METALS Ltd $0.19 -22.45%
WSR Westar Resources Ltd $0.016 -20.00%
IND Industrial Minera... $0.255 -17.74%
HCL Highcom Ltd $0.14 -17.65%
OXT Orexplore Technol... $0.02 -16.67%
View all 52 week lows

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
MQG Macquarie Group Ltd $191.94 +3.24%
CPU Computershare Ltd $26.03 -0.99%
ASB Austal Ltd $2.09 +0.48%
MQGPD Macquarie Group Ltd $105.60 -1.16%
IPG Ipd Group Ltd $5.12 -0.78%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
DMP Domino's PIZZA En... $40.01 +0.65%
NAN Nanosonics Ltd $3.01 +3.08%
TOT 360 Capital REIT $0.41 0.00%
TGF Tribeca Global Na... $1.445 -1.03%
STX Strike Energy Ltd $0.31 -3.13%
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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