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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 dips as copper stocks surge, Macquarie's big downgrade day smashes banks

Thu 14 Mar 24, 5:52pm (AEST)

The S&P/ASX 200 closed 15.8 points lower, down -0.20%.

Push and pull. It's typical of the Aussie market. When banks are going up, resources are probably going down, and vice versa.

Today was a vice versa scenario, with handy S&P/ASX 200 index points added by a long overdue rebound in major mining stocks, while a triple downgrade among the Big 4 banks by major broker Macquarie subtracted.

Elsewhere, copper stocks boomed on a big pop in the red metal's price overnight, and Arafura Rare Earths (ARU) exploded 76% (not a misprint) after it announced it had secured vital funding from the Federal Government for its Nolans Project.

Let’s dive in!


Today in Review

Thu 14 Mar 24, 4:30pm (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,713.6 -0.20%
All Ords 7,974.0 -0.19%
Small Ords 3,048.6 -0.19%
All Tech 3,093.8 -0.84%
Emerging Companies 2,101.9 +0.39%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6613 -0.12%
US Futures
S&P 500 5,174.25 +0.12%
Dow Jones 39,098.0 +0.08%
Nasdaq 18,127.5 +0.27%
Name Value % Chg
Sector
Materials 17,531.5 +1.85%
Consumer Staples 12,170.3 +0.55%
Health Care 42,407.7 +0.43%
Energy 10,132.8 +0.15%
Industrials 7,000.4 +0.03%
Real Estate 3,633.6 -
Utilities 8,139.8 -0.05%
Information Technology 2,302.5 -0.67%
Communication Services 1,565.4 -0.71%
Consumer Discretionary 3,598.2 -0.73%
Financials 7,301.4 -1.88%

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Markets

S&P ASX 200 (XJO) Intraday Chart 14 Mar 2024
ASX 200 Session Chart

The S&P/ASX200 (XJO) finished 15.8 points lower at 7,713.6, % from its session high/low and just % from its high/low. In the broader-based S&P/ASX 300 (XKO), advancers lagged decliners by 127 to 148.

Finally! I get to write in an Evening Wrap that the Resources (XJR) (+1.73%) sector was the best performing sector. At the top line, modest rebounds in BHP Group (BHP) (+2.65%), Rio Tinto (RIO) (+1.92%), and South32 (S32) (+5.23%) helped. But drilling down, it was a combination of gold, copper, and select lithium stocks topping the leaders list.

Company

Last Price

Change $

Change %

1mo %

1yr %

Arafura Rare Earths (ARU)

$0.260

+$0.113

+76.3%

+92.6%

-55.6%

29METALS (29M)

$0.485

+$0.075

+18.3%

+98.0%

-64.6%

Vulcan Energy Resources (VUL)

$3.49

+$0.45

+14.8%

+71.9%

-44.5%

Burgundy Diamond Mines (BDM)

$0.200

+$0.025

+14.3%

-7.0%

+14.3%

Sandfire Resources (SFR)

$8.47

+$0.57

+7.2%

+21.5%

+52.1%

Latin Resources (LRS)

$0.230

+$0.015

+7.0%

+15.0%

+100.0%

Develop Global (DVP)

$2.46

+$0.14

+6.0%

+2.1%

-20.7%

Evolution Mining (EVN)

$3.38

+$0.19

+6.0%

+13.0%

+22.0%

Adriatic Metals (ADT)

$3.82

+$0.21

+5.8%

+15.8%

+1.6%

Silver Lake Resources (SLR)

$1.205

+$0.065

+5.7%

+15.3%

+13.7%

Copper, gold, and lithium stocks featured in the resources leaders table today

Also doing well today were the defensive sectors of Consumer Staples (XSJ) (+0.55%) and Health Care (XHJ) (+0.43%). Defence is definitely consistent with investor sentiment at the moment, so this is no surprise.

Probably helping Staples and Health Care was the fact the other typically defensive sector of Financials (XFJ) (-2.58%) was belted today. We know the big banks have had a tremendous run lately, but success on the stock market often comes at a cost.

Major broker Macquarie has downgraded ANZ Group Holdings Ltd (ANZ) (-3.76%), Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) (-3.75%), and National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) (-2.76%) to underperform (see Broker Notes for more info).


ChartWatch

High Grade Copper COMEX

High Grade Copper COMEX
Nice Marubozu

It's a tale of haves and have nots in today's ChartWatch. Let's kick of with a big "have". Copper. It enjoyed a very nice pop on COMEX on Wednesday. This has created a long white candle with a close near the high (i.e., a "Marubozu") which is typical of demand-side control.

Even better, the Marubozu closed above three historical supply points in 3.93, 3.97, and 4.00. Copper is not completely out of the woods though, with 4.13 likely to act as the next key point of excess supply.

We'll need to watch the candles and price action carefully near 4.13. Supply-side candles (i.e., those with black bodies and or upward pointing shadows) would signal the supply-side is indeed exerting their influence on the price.

Alternatively, demand-side candles (i.e., those with white bodies and or downward pointing shadows) would signal the demand-side remains fearless in the face of potential excess supply, and likely, said supply probably isn't there.

The massive spike in volume confirms the return of demand as well as significant supply side removal. This bodes well for continued upside price action.

I'll do a dedicated comprehensive ASX copper ChartWatch for you tomorrow.

Uranium Futures COMEX

Uranium Futures COMEX
It was fun while it lasted, but it didn't last very long

On Monday, I did a dedicated ChartWatch on uranium and the ASX uranium sector. I noted that due to the "fluid nature of the fluid nature of the July-Jan rally, there are few points of historical excess supply which could act as future points of excess demand". This meant that the "long term uptrend ribbon is the key area of (dynamic) demand going forward".

Bad news uranium bulls. I was right. We're here, smack bang in the long term uptrend ribbon. I still believe it will do its job and provide some support here, but the reaction from this zone is now critical. We must see a sharp, V-shaped bounce and a return to rising peaks and rising troughs.

If we see a feeble bounce, or no bounce at all, it will likely confirm the end of this phase of the uranium bull market. Note, the next historical support point below the long term uptrend ribbon is not too far way at US$76/oz. It could also act as a reversal point.


Economy

Today

  • No major economic data releases in our time zone today!

Later this week

Thursday

  • 23:30 US Core Producer Price Index (PPI) February (+0.2% monthly forecast vs +0.5% monthly in January)

  • 23:30 US Retail Sales February (+0.8% forecast vs -0.8% January)

Friday

  • 23:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index (-7.6% forecast vs -2.4% previous)

Saturday

  • 01:00 US Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment (77.3 forecast vs 76.9 previous)


Latest News


Interesting Movers

Trading higher

  • +76.3% Arafura Rare Earths (ARU) - Commonwealth Government supports Nolans with US$533m package

  • +24.8% Superloop (SLC) - Origin contract & upgraded guidance

  • +18.3% 29METALS (29M) - No news, large rally in copper price Wednesday, likely a degree of short covering also

  • +14.8% Vulcan Energy Resources (VUL) - No news, likely a degree of runaway short covering

  • +10.7% Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals (CUV) - CLINUVEL initiates on market share buy-back program

  • +10.2% Alpha HPA (A4N) - No news, likely some of ARU rally on government funding rubbing off here

  • +10.0% Macmahon Holdings (MAH) - No news since yesterday's Investor Presentation - Euroz Hartleys Rottnest Conference, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +7.5% Myer Holdings (MYR) - First Half Results and Board and Management Changes

  • +7.2% Sandfire Resources (SFR) - No news, large rally in copper price Wednesday, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +7.0% Latin Resources (LRS) - No news, broad-based strength in ASX lithium sector

  • +6.6% OFX Group (OFX) - No news, closed above long term downtrend ribbon

  • +6.1% Resimac Group (RMC) - No news, closed above long term downtrend ribbon

  • +6.0% Develop Global (DVP) - No news, broad-based strength in ASX lithium sector

  • +6.0% Evolution Mining (EVN) - No news, broad-based strength in ASX gold sector on modest rise in gold price Wednesday

  • +5.8% PSC Insurance Group (PSI) - ASX Query Re Media Speculation

  • +5.8% Adriatic Metals (ADT) - No news, broad-based strength in ASX gold sector on modest rise in gold & silver prices Wednesday

  • +5.7% Metals X (MLX) - No news, steady rise in tin prices recently, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +5.7% Silver Lake Resources (SLR) - No news, broad-based strength in ASX gold sector on modest rise in gold price Wednesday

  • +5.4% Bellevue Gold (BGL) - No news, broad-based strength in ASX gold sector on modest rise in gold price Wednesday

Trading lower

  • -18.0% Aussie Broadband (ABB) - Termination of White Label Agreement

  • -10.5% Silex Systems (SLX) - Broad ASX uranium sector weakness on large drop in uranium price Wednesday

  • -7.9% Bannerman Energy (BMN) - Broad ASX uranium sector weakness on large drop in uranium price Wednesday

  • -6.8% Polynovo (PNV) - No news, pullback after strong rally since mid-January

  • -6.8% Eagers Automotive (APE) - Ex-dividend $0.50 fully franked

  • -5.4% Inghams Group (ING) - Ex-dividend $0.12 fully franked

  • -5.3% Select Harvests (SHV) - No news 🤔

  • -5.3% Deep Yellow (DYL) - Broad ASX uranium sector weakness on large drop in uranium price Wednesday

  • -5.0% Core Lithium (CXO) - Continued negative response to Half Year Financial Results, several broker rating and price target downgrades (see Broker Notes)

  • -4.5% Neuren Pharmaceuticals (NEU) - No news, fall is consistent with prevailing short tern downtrend

  • -4.4% Paladin Energy (PDN) - Broad ASX uranium sector weakness on large drop in uranium price Wednesday

  • -4.2% Zip Co (ZIP) - No news, consistent with recent volatility, pullback after strong rally since October

  • -4.2% REA Group (REA) - No news 🤔 Close below short term uptrend ribbon and price action back to lower peaks and lower troughs

  • -3.8% ANZ Group (ANZ) - Macquarie downgrades three of Big 4 banks to underperform

  • -3.7% Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) - Macquarie downgrades three of Big 4 banks to underperform (see Broker Notes)


Broker Notes

  • ANZ Group (ANZ) downgraded to underperform from neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $27.00 from $25.00

  • Alliance Aviation Services (AQZ) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $4.35

  • Australian Vintage (AVG) retained at hold at Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.41

  • Burgundy Diamond Mines (BDM) retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.40 from $0.45

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) retained at underperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $95.00 from $88.00

  • Capricorn Metals (CMM) retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $5.95 from $6.00

  • Cosol (COS) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $1.21

  • Centaurus Metals (CTM) retained at speculative buy at Canaccord Genuity; Price Target: $0.80 from $1.40

  • Cleanaway Waste Management (CWY) retained at overweight at Jarden; Price Target: $2.85

  • Core Lithium (CXO)

    • Retained at sell at Citi; Price Target: $0.11

    • Retained at sell at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $0.13 from $0.14

    • Retained at sell at Jarden; Price Target: $0.15

  • Electro Optic Systems Holdings (EOS) retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $2.30

  • Electro Optic Systems Holdings (EOT) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $36.00

  • Evolution Mining (EVN) retained at equal-weight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $3.35

  • GQG Partners (GQG) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $2.60

  • Iluka Resources (ILU) retained at equal-weight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $7.20 from $7.15

  • James Hardie Industries (JHX) retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $63.00

  • Lindsay Australia (LAU) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $1.52

  • Light & Wonder (LNW) retained at overweight at Jarden; Price Target: $161.00

  • Liontown Resources (LTR)

    • Upgraded to neutral from underweight at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $1.35 from $0.90

    • Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $1.90 from $1.60

    • Downgraded to hold from speculative buy at Canaccord Genuity; Price Target: $1.30 from $1.10

    • Retained at sell at Citi; Price Target: $1.00

    • Downgraded to underweight from neutral at Jarden; Price Target: $0.91

    • Retained at neutral at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $1.45

  • Lynas Rare Earths (LYC) initiated underweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $5.00

  • Megaport (MP1) retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $18.00 from $15.90

  • Metcash (MTS) retained at overweight at Jarden; Price Target: $4.20 from $4.30

  • National Australia Bank (NAB) downgraded to underperform from neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $32.50 from $30.00

  • Northern Star Resources (NST) retained at equal-weight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $12.40

  • Nextdc (NXT) retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $19.75

  • Orora (ORA) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $3.20

  • Premier Investments (PMV) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $32.00

  • PSC Insurance Group (PSI) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $5.85

  • Regis Healthcare (REG) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $4.25

  • Reece (REH) retained at neutral at Citi; Price Target: $28.90

  • Ramsay Health Care (RHC) retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $53.35

  • Ramelius Resources (RMS) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $2.10

  • Regis Resources (RRL) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $2.40

  • Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $5.45

  • Siteminder (SDR) retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $6.45 from $5.70

  • Sims (SGM) upgraded to buy from neutral at Citi; Price Target: $13.50

  • Select Harvests (SHV) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $5.41

  • Supply Network (SNL) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $19.20

  • SomnoMed (SOM) downgraded to market-weight from overweight at Wilsons; Price Target: $0.45 from $1.25

  • SRG Global (SRG) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $0.96

  • Southern Cross Media Group (SXL) retained at neutral at UBS; Price Target: $0.96 from $0.74

  • Tabcorp Holdings (TAH) retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $1.00 from $0.85

  • Treasury Wine Estates (TWE)

    • Retained at buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $12.60

    • Retained at overweight at Jarden; Price Target: $12.90

  • Volpara Health Technologies (VHT) retained at hold at Morgans; Price Target: $1.15

  • Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) downgraded to underperform from outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $26.00 from $25.00

  • Webjet (WEB) retained at buy at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $9.84

  • Waypoint REIT (WPR) retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $2.51


Scans

Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
ARU Arafura Rare EART... $0.27 +83.05%
PPY Papyrus Australia... $0.02 +33.33%
CVR Cavalier Resource... $0.175 +29.63%
CVV Caravel Minerals Ltd $0.19 +26.67%
BUS Bubalus Resources... $0.15 +25.00%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
SLZ Sultan Resources Ltd $0.014 -36.36%
NYR Nyrada Inc $0.10 -23.08%
MIO Macarthur Mineral... $0.097 -22.40%
RAS Ragusa Minerals Ltd $0.029 -21.62%
NME NEX Metals Explor... $0.017 -19.05%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
CVR Cavalier Resource... $0.175 +29.63%
SLC Superloop Ltd $1.30 +23.81%
VEE Veem Ltd $1.575 +9.38%
MAH Macmahon Holdings... $0.215 +7.50%
SFR Sandfire Resource... $8.43 +6.71%
View all 52 week highs

52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
SLZ Sultan Resources Ltd $0.014 -36.36%
MIO Macarthur Mineral... $0.097 -22.40%
IMI Infinity Mining Ltd $0.061 -18.67%
CTQ Careteq Ltd $0.02 -16.67%
OSX Osteopore Ltd $0.30 -16.67%
View all 52 week lows

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
CDA Codan Ltd $10.50 -0.66%
ASB Austal Ltd $2.10 -3.67%
FGX Future Generation... $1.185 0.00%
MVE Vaneck S&P/ASX Mi... $38.26 +0.24%
DBI Dalrymple Bay Inf... $2.76 -0.36%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
TPG TPG Telecom Ltd $4.57 0.00%
CPM Cooper Metals Ltd $0.14 +3.70%
ZIM Zimplats Holdings... $16.94 +2.67%
NTD National Tyre & W... $0.50 0.00%
SGM Sims Ltd $11.875 +0.38%
View all RSI oversold

Written By

Carl Capolingua

Content Editor

Carl has over 30-years investing experience, helping investors navigate several bull and bear markets over this time. He is a well respected markets commentator who specialises in how the global macro impacts Australian and US equities. Carl has a passion for technical analysis and has taught his unique brand of price-action trend following to thousands of Aussie investors.

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