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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 falls, iron ore miners fade gains, US futures flat

Fri 16 Dec 22, 4:36pm (AEST)

The S&P/ASX 200 closed 50 points lower, down -0.7%.

The local sharemarket finishes the week down -0.9%, iron ore miners were dumped in the last hour of trade, technology stocks led to the downside, Australian Purchasing Managers Index continues to deteriorate and why there's still hope for a Santa rally.

Let's dive in.

Today in Review

Fri 16 Dec 22, 4:23pm (AEDT)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,148.7 -0.78%
All Ords 7,337.6 -0.71%
Small Ords 2,839.5 -0.58%
All Tech 2,079.2 -1.44%
Emerging Companies 2,105.1 -0.43%
AUD/USD 0.6705 +0.04%
US Futures
S&P 500 $3,894.0 -0.08%
Dow Jones $33,195.0 -0.05%
Nasdaq $11,345.5 -0.02%
Name Value % Chg
Energy 11,149.4 +0.35%
Industrials 6,496.0 +0.19%
Real Estate 3,106.5 -0.04%
Consumer Staples 12,754.9 -0.27%
Communication Services 1,443.9 -0.75%
Materials 17,676.8 -0.79%
Financials 6,424.9 -0.91%
Consumer Discretionary 2,826.6 -1.14%
Health Care 41,939.7 -1.59%
Information Technology 1,452.6 -2.04%
Utilities 8,061.4 -2.09%

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The ASX 200 didn't stand a chance after digesting ultra-hawkish comments from the European Central Bank and depressing economic data from the US and China. The market took a -1.2% dive in early trade, bounced to around -0.4% by noon and drifted lower through to close.

  • Several defensive sectors managed to close higher or around breakeven, notably Industrials, Staples and Real Estate

  • Materials faded from positive territory, with names like BHP closing -0.6% lower from session highs of 1.4%. Most of the reversal happened in the last hour of trade

  • Technology led to the downside amid a risk-off tone. Notable losers include Xero (-2.8%), Altium (-3.3%) and Block (-6.3%)

  • 124 of the top 200 declined (62%)


Australia's manufacturing PMI held just above contraction levels at 50.4 in December, from 51.3 in November.

  • "Weaker demand for Australian goods and services underpinned the decline in activity." - S&P Global Platts

  • "Also as a result of the fall in new orders, employment expanded at a slower rate while business optimism stayed muted." - S&P Global Platts

  • "Input cost inflation eased but selling prices continued to rise rapidly." - S&P Global Platts

Australia's services PMI fell to 46.9 in December from 47.6 in November.

  • "The Flash PMI readings for December are still well above levels that would normally be associated with recession. What we are seeing could be the first signs of a desired soft landing for the Australian economy in 2023." - Chief Economic Advisor at Judo Bank Warren Hogan

  • "Unfortunately, there are few signs of an easing of inflation with cost pressures across the supply chain still elevated in December." - Warren Hogan


“Weak economic data and a stronger USD weighed on sentiment across commodity markets. Easing supply constraints in energy were also headwinds,” said ANZ senior commodity analyst, Daniel Hynes. 

  • Iron ore futures fell -3.5% to US$107.50 a tonne

  • Brent crude fell -0.7% to US$80.9 a barrel

Latest news

Post market brief

This section will be a little more freestyle this fine Friday afternoon.

The ASX 200 defended session lows and bounced off the ~7,130 level. Its a volatile and choppy market that's also subject to subdued Christmas volumes.

Of interest, you can see the ASX's daily and monthly trading volumes here. If you go to the bottom for monthly, you can see quite the fall from September onwards.

XJO chart
XJO chart (Source: TradingView)

There's a lot of talk about a Santa rally, but the first half of December tends to be a bit of a lull period. While things tend to crank up in the second half (at least for the S&P 500, according to SentimenTrader).

S&P 500 seasonality
Source: SentimenTrader

Major announcements

Larger caps (>$1bn)

  • Aurizon (AZJ) +4.0%: Signed a binding sale agreement for its East Coast Rail business for $425m 

  • Vulcan Energy (VUL) +3.8%: Received approval from German state authorities for the operating plan for Vulcan’s Lithium Extraction Demo Plant   

  • Polynovo (PNV) +2.5%: Successfully completed a share purchase plan, raising $35.3m at $1.90 per share 

  • Dexus (DXS) +1.9%: Notes 177 of its 183 assets have been externally revalued, resulting in a total estimated decrease of 322m or 1.9%

  • Core Lithium (CXO) +0.5%: Announced ‘encouraging assay results’ from the drilling of two prospects close to the existing Finniss operations 

Mid-to-small caps

  • Norwest Energy (NWE) +31.1%: Received an off-market takeover bid from Mineral Resources, offering 1 MinRes share for every 1,367 Norwest shares 

  • Red 5 (RED) +2.8%: Declared commercial production at its King of the Hills Gold Project and expects 90-105koz for 2H23 

Broker updates 






Target price


Bank of Queensland



Neutral from Buy

$7.30 from $8.75


Pilbara Minerals



Add from Hold



Service Stream




$0.66 from $0.86


Viva Leisure



Buy from Neutral

$1.46 from $1.39


Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
MEI Meteoric Resource... $0.034 +112.50%
NWE Norwest Energy NL $0.059 +31.11%
99L 99 Loyalty Ltd $0.016 +23.08%
SKN Skin Elements Ltd $0.011 +22.22%
ORN Orion Minerals Ltd $0.017 +21.43%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
RMY Rma Global Ltd $0.10 -31.03%
TOU Tlou Energy Ltd $0.035 -18.61%
BDG Black Dragon Gold... $0.041 -18.00%
CVR Cavalier Resource... $0.135 -15.63%
AD1 AD1 Holdings Ltd $0.011 -15.39%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
MEI Meteoric Resource... $0.034 +112.50%
NWE Norwest Energy NL $0.059 +31.11%
SOP Synertec Corporat... $0.25 +13.64%
GRX Greenx Metals Ltd $0.58 +6.42%
MTC Metalstech Ltd $0.47 +5.62%
View all 52 week highs

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
SMLL Betashares Aust S... $3.46 -0.58%
OZBD Betashares Austra... $44.48 -0.07%
PCI Perpetual Credit ... $1.005 0.00%
WVOL Ishares Edge MSCI... $35.41 -0.23%
NUF Nufarm Ltd $6.15 -1.60%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
GAS State GAS Ltd $0.205 -4.65%
LPM Lithium Plus Mine... $0.40 -2.44%
LOT Lotus Resources Ltd $0.18 -2.70%
QPM Queensland Pacifi... $0.115 +9.52%
MGTDB Magnetite Mines Ltd $0.64 0.00%
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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