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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 falls as investors rotate from leading tech to lagging defensive sectors

Thu 08 Jun 23, 5:13pm (AEST)

 The S&P/ASX 200 closed 18 points lower, down -0.26%. 

Investors rotated from outperforming tech stocks into lagging sectors like energy and defensives on Thursday, Australia's trade surplus narrows as iron ore exports slide, Japan's GDP growth surprises to the upside, retail stocks continue to tumble as consumer savings dwindle and Citi's take on Australia's GDP data.

Let's dive in.

Today in Review

Thu 08 Jun 23, 4:37pm (AEDT)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,099.7 -0.26%
All Ords 7,288.3 -0.30%
Small Ords 2,789.6 -1.27%
All Tech 2,328.2 -2.53%
Emerging Companies 2,035.5 -0.96%
AUD/USD 0.6661 +0.13%
US Futures
S&P 500 $4,268.25 -0.14%
Dow Jones $33,686.0 -0.07%
Nasdaq $14,271.25 -0.42%
Name Value % Chg
Energy 10,881.7 +1.33%
Utilities 8,757.6 +0.94%
Materials 17,827.6 +0.56%
Consumer Staples 12,836.1 +0.26%
Industrials 6,724.4 +0.15%
Financials 5,948.7 -0.02%
Health Care 44,051.5 -1.05%
Communication Services 1,522.8 -1.25%
Consumer Discretionary 2,871.7 -1.39%
Real Estate 3,026.0 -2.49%
Information Technology 1,717.0 -3.83%

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ASX 200 Session Chart

ASX 200 chart
ASX 200 lower in a relatively uneventful session (Source: Market Index)


The ASX 200 finished lower amid a heavy rotation out of sectors that led (tech) into sectors that lagged (energy and defensives). The rotation perhaps flagged the heavy concentration in tech and most large cap names sold off rather aggressively, including Xero (-5.3%), Wisetech (-3.4%) and Altium (-4.9%). That said, this marks the first meaningful pullback for tech since mid-May. Does this mark a period of consolidation for tech after such a massive run? And if so, does it open up a window of opportunity for laggards to lead?


Australia’s trade surplus eased to $11.2bn in April from $14.8bn in the previous month.

  • Consensus expected a surplus of $14.0bn

  • The lowest surplus since August 2022

  • Overall exports fell 5.0% in April, reflecting a decline in softening commodity prices and a fall in shipments to China 

Japan’s Q1 GDP accelerated to 0.7% from 0.1% in the previous quarter.

  • Beat consensus expectations of 0.5%

  • Year-on-year, GDP is up 2.7% vs. 1.9% expected

  • Capital spending rose 1.4%, with manufacturers’ business spending growing at the fastest rate since 2015

Latest news

Interesting news and movers

Trading higher

  • +11.1% Antisense Therapeutics (ANP) – First patient dosed

  • +8.7% Service Stream (SSM) – $50.2m ATO refund

  • +5.9% Kazia Therapeutics (KZA) – Clinical study results

  • +5.4% Airtasker (ART) – 4 Ventures $6.5m for 20% stake in Airtasker UK

  • Energy sector move: Woodside (+1.1%), Beach Energy (+3.5%)

  • Coal sector move: New Hope (+8.6%), Whitehaven (+5.5%), Yancoal (+4.4%), Stanmore (+4.3%)

Trading lower

  • -9.5% Enero Group (EGG) – Guidance

  • -5.7%  Boral (BLD) – Trading update (Wed)

  • -4.8% Platinum Asset Management (PTM) – FUM update (Wed)

  • -4.2% Marley Spoon (MMM) – Outlook

  • -3.8% Silver Lake Resources (SLR) – Canadian fires operational update

  • -3.7% Westgold Resources (WGX) – Production update

  • -2.2% Alpha HPA (A4N) – MMI payment from CDI

  • Retail stocks move: Lovisa (-5.2%), Premier (-3.3%), Super Retail (-2.4%)

  • Tech sector move: Xero (-5.3%), Altium (-4.9%), Wisetech (-3.4%)

Broker notes

Citi’s take on Australia’s GDP data: 

  • “Headline GDP growth probably came in around the RBA’s expectation but the low unemployment rate and demand for services has lifted unit labour costs and further weakened already moribund productivity growth.”

  • “Today’s Q1 GDP data validates the RBA Boards guidance of further possible interest rate increases. We continue to expect 2x25bp increases in he next two months for a peak of 4.60%.”

Goldman’s take on Boral (BLD)

  • Neutral with $4.00 target price

  • “Management stated that the 2H23 EBIT run rate was ahead of 1H23 and is expected to remain ahead for the full year. Previously, Management had guided to 2H23 EBIT being in line with the 1H.”

  • “Management noted that while volume trends for the YTD are up on FY22, the rate of external volume growth is slowing in 4Q vs previous three quarters.”

  • “Additionally, May run rate is slower after shorter April month compared to Q3FY23 nationally driven by the residential sector.”

Goldman’s take on Metcash (MTS)

  • Neutral with $3.50 target price

  • “We downgraded MTS to Sell on 9 March 2023 on market share loss to Supermarket majors as well as category softness in Hardware.”

  • “Since then, the stock is -14%, ASX 200 is -3%. The upside on our TP of A$3.50/sh is now 0.3%.”

  • “Our preferences in the Staples sector remains WOW on margin expansion and clear path to market share gain, and EDV given defensive sales/earnings from alcohol retail and gaming at an attractive valuation.”

  • “We are Sell on COL due to potential margin erosion from the near-term ramp-up cost of supply chain projects including Ocado and Witron.”


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Top Fallers

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ALV Alvo Minerals Ltd $0.275 -28.57%
DLT Delta Drone Inter... $0.012 -25.00%
CHR Charger Metals NL $0.375 -23.47%
KNB Koonenberry Gold Ltd $0.03 -21.05%
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52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
SLM Solis Minerals Ltd $0.745 +26.27%
VSR Voltaic Strategic... $0.105 +23.53%
ZEU ZEUS Resources Ltd $0.045 +18.42%
1TT Thrive Tribe Tech... $0.033 +13.79%
AVH Avita Medical Inc $4.76 +10.96%
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52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
KNB Koonenberry Gold Ltd $0.03 -21.05%
SEG Sports Entertainm... $0.185 -19.57%
CLU Cluey Ltd $0.074 -16.85%
H2G GREENHY2 Ltd $0.017 -15.00%
YRL Yandal Resources Ltd $0.058 -14.71%
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Near Highs

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VLUE Vaneck MSCI Inter... $23.49 +0.51%
SEMI Global X Semicond... $11.20 -0.27%
FLT Flight Centre Tra... $20.855 -2.64%
MSTR Morningstar Inter... $9.09 +0.11%
IIND Betashares India ... $10.58 +1.15%
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Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

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ASX ASX Ltd $61.99 +1.01%
AX1 Accent Group Ltd $1.645 -1.50%
HVN Harvey Norman Hol... $3.23 -2.71%
BCB Bowen Coking Coal... $0.17 0.00%
SRG SRG Global Ltd $0.655 -0.76%
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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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