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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 in sight of record on cooler inflation, investors play defence as staples and healthcare stocks lead

Wed 27 Mar 24, 6:04pm (AEST)

The S&P/ASX 200 closed 39.4 points higher, up 0.51%.

The CPI rose 3.4% p.a. to the end of February, slightly less than the 3.5% p.a. economists were expecting, and allaying fears of an uptick in inflation (Feb matched Jan and Dec’s readings).

This helped the S&P/ASX200 to a tidy 39 point gain to leave it just 34 points away from a new record. Importantly, the benchmark index closed the session on its high – usually a good sign there's more left in the tank, and gains were nicely broad-based.

Let’s dive in!


Today in Review

Wed 27 Mar 24, 4:23pm (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,819.6 +0.51%
All Ords 8,073.6 +0.46%
Small Ords 3,078.9 +0.29%
All Tech 3,080.0 -0.11%
Emerging Companies 2,121.0 +0.28%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.653 -0.06%
US Futures
S&P 500 5,283.0 +0.34%
Dow Jones 39,816.0 +0.34%
Nasdaq 18,519.75 +0.38%
Name Value % Chg
Sector
Consumer Staples 12,268.4 +1.35%
Health Care 43,224.1 +1.28%
Industrials 7,103.8 +1.22%
Financials 7,430.7 +0.58%
Consumer Discretionary 3,579.6 +0.35%
Materials 17,624.1 +0.18%
Communication Services 1,556.6 +0.17%
Real Estate 3,773.7 +0.15%
Energy 10,659.0 +0.12%
Utilities 8,178.9 -0.17%
Information Technology 2,268.0 -0.53%

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Markets

S&P ASX 200 (XJO) Intraday Chart 27 Mar 2024
ASX 200 Session Chart

The S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) finished 39.4 points higher at 7,819.6, 0.62% from its session low smack-bang on its session high. In the broader-based S&P/ASX 300 (XKO), advancers beat decliners by 161 to 113.

The Consumer Staples (XSJ) (+1.4%) sector was the best performing sector today on the back of solid gains in sector leaders Woolworths Group (WOW) (+1.9%) and Coles Group (COL) (+1.6%), while animal feed and nutrition solutions company Ridley Corporation Ltd (RIC) (+4.2%) and almond grower Select Harvests Ltd (SHV) (+3.8%) topped the sector gainers list.

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Company

Last Price

Change $

Change %

1mo %

1yr %

Ridley Corporation (RIC)

$2.48

+$0.1

+4.2%

+5.5%

+13.8%

Select Harvests (SHV)

$4.35

+$0.16

+3.8%

+4.8%

+8.8%

Woolworths Group (WOW)

$33.01

+$0.62

+1.9%

-0.6%

-11.9%

Coles Group (COL)

$16.88

+$0.26

+1.6%

+0.8%

-5.5%

Inghams Group (ING)

$3.59

+$0.05

+1.4%

-0.8%

+21.7%

Graincorp Class A (GNC)

$8.15

+$0.11

+1.4%

+7.7%

+22.3%

Metcash (MTS)

$3.91

+$0.05

+1.3%

+5.4%

+3.2%

You can always rely on consumer staples?

Also doing well today was the other key defensive sector, Health Care (XHJ), which gained +1.3%. The bulk of the sectors gains came from sector heavyweight CSL (CSL) (+1.4%), but there were several commendable performances including Resmed (RMD) (+2.0%), Ramsay Healthcare (RHC), and Pro Medicus (PME) (+1.9%).

Doing it tough for the second day today was the Information Technology (XIJ) (-0.5%) sector. They've largely followed US tech stocks for a second session.


ChartWatch

CSL (ASX: CSL)

CSL (ASX-CSL)
CSL has a habit of disappointing investors, then climbing that wall of disappointment

In ChartWatch in Friday's Evening Wrap, I covered Ramsay Healthcare (RHC). Since, I've noted the Healthcare sector featuring highly on the daily sector performance tables. With this in mind, I thought I'd cover another two very popular Aussie healthcare stocks, sector leader CSL (CSL), and Resmed (RMD).

CSL has a habit of disappointing investors, then climbing back up that wall of disappointment. It appears to be on the way to doing that again after holding February's post-sell off trough, and respecting the long term uptrend ribbon.

That ribbon typically acts as a zone of dynamic support in long term uptrends, and it appears to be doing this job well over the past couple of months. As long as this remains the case, CSL's long term uptrend is intact.

It makes sense then, that a close below historical demand at 275 would likely confirm supply-side control and set the CSL price up for a deeper retracement of the October to February rally.

Candles, which are predominantly demand-side, are supportive as they indicate accumulation, but I'd like to see a return to rising peaks and rising troughs as soon as possible. A close above historical supply at 287.77 would also be a major step in the right direction in terms of confirming a return to demand-side control.

Resmed Inc (ASX: RMD)

Resmed (ASX-RMD)
Resmed has had its own share of shareholder disappointments...

Resmed has had its own share of shareholder disappointments, the massive plunge in August last year being the most recent. After a continued plunge, and multi-month basing pattern, it has been a steady increase since the October low.

Importantly, the RMD price has reclaimed the long term trend ribbon, which itself has transitioned to neutral, and through February’s pullback, still managed to offer dynamic support.

The price action has swung back to rising peaks and rising troughs, and the candles are generally trending towards a greater proportion of demand-side examples. It could be better though – and I suggest the almighty $30 major historical supply point is impeding more bullish candles and price action.

It makes sense that if the RMD price can close above this point, and therefore dispense with the supply there, it should spell an easier run on an ex-post basis. Historical supply at 31.70 would likely then feature in upside calculations in this scenario.

Looking down, 28.67 is the key point of demand. As long as the RMD price remains above this, and also preferably the dynamic support of the short term uptrend ribbon, the short term uptrend remains intact.


Economy

Today

  • AUS Consumer Price Index February (CPI)

    • +3.4% p.a. vs +3.5% p.a. forecast and +3.4% p.a. in January

    • Underlying inflation, i.e., excluding volatile items of fruit and vegetables, automotive fuel, and holiday travel was 3.9% p.a. vs 4.1% p.a. in January

    • Rising: Housing (+4.6%), Food and non-alcoholic beverages (+3.6%), Alcohol and tobacco (+6.1%) and Insurance and financial services (+8.4%)

    • Falling: Meat and seafood (-2.0%), Fruit and vegetables (-0.5%), Holiday travel and accommodation (-1.3%)

    • The headline result is slightly better than expected, but greater level of underlying inflation is partly due cheaper fruit and vegetables, and rolling off of holiday inflation post-Taylor Swift Effect

Later this week

Wednesday

  • 01:00 USA Conference Board Consumer Confidence March (106.9 forecast vs +106.7 February)

Thursday

  • 11:30 AUS Retail Sales February (+0.4% forecast vs +1.1% January)

Friday

  • All day AUS Good Friday Holiday

  • 23:30 USA Core PCE Price Index February (+0.3% forecast vs +0.4% January)

Saturday

  • 02:30 USA Federal Reserve Chairman Powell speech at Monetary Policy Conference, in San Francisco


Latest News


Interesting Movers

Trading higher

  • +11.1% Wildcat Resources (WC8) - No news, rebound after two solid days of selling, closed back above short term uptrend ribbon, rise is consistent with long term uptrend

  • +10.0% Cooper Energy (COE) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +6.3% EML Payments (EML) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +5.9% Spartan Resources (SPR) - Change in substantial holding (increase), rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrend

  • +5.4% Emerald Resources (EMR) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +5.4% Mayne Pharma Group (MYX) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

  • +5.1% Arafura Rare Earths (ARU) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short term uptrend, trying to hold above long term trend ribbon

  • +4.8% Jupiter Mines (JMS) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short term uptrend, long term trend ribbon is transitioning to up

  • +4.2% Opthea (OPT) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short term uptrend, long term trend ribbon is transitioning to up

  • +4.2% Ridley Corporation (RIC) - No news, closed back above short term trend ribbon, appears holding/bouncing off long term trend ribbon

  • +4.2% Vulcan Steel (VSL) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short term uptrend, long term trend ribbon is transitioning to up

  • +3.9% Bannerman Energy (BMN) - No news, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends

Trading lower

  • -21.1% Platinum Asset Management (PTM) - PTM turnaround program update (in the announcement) an undisclosed client withdrew 1.4 billion invested with the asset manager representing about 9% of funds under management, fall is consistent with prevailing long term downtrend, rejected by long term downtrend ribbon

  • -7.3% Catapult Group International (CAT) - Response to ASX Price Query

  • -6.1% Brainchip Holdings (BRN) - Capital Call Notice, fall is consistent with prevailing short and long term downtrends

  • -5.3% Myer Holdings (MYR) - Ex-dividend $0.03 fully franked

  • -3.9% Immutep (IMM) - No news 🤔

  • -3.8% Lotus Resources (LOT) - No news 🤔

  • -3.7% Resimac Group (RMC) - Investor Presentation

  • -3.5% Weebit Nano (WBT) - No news, fall is consistent with prevailing short and long term downtrends

  • -3.3% GWA Group (GWA) - No news, closed below short term uptrend ribbon

  • -3.1% Boss Energy (BOE) - No news, fall is consistent with prevailing short term downtrend


Broker Notes

  • 29METALS (29M)

    • Downgraded to underperform from neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $0.25 from $0.45

    • Retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $0.50

  • Alpha HPA (A4N) - Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $1.60 from $1.68

  • Aeris Resources (AIS) - Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.23

  • Aristocrat Leisure (ALL) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $45.00

  • ALS (ALQ) - Retained at buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $13.60

  • AMP (AMP) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $1.20

  • APA Group (APA) - Upgraded to outperform from neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $9.40 from $8.80

  • Accent Group (AX1) - Retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $2.40

  • Challenger (CGF) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $7.40

  • Champion Iron (CIA) - Retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $9.60

  • Collins Foods (CKF) - Retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $14.40

  • Coles Group (COL) - Retained at lighten at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $15.00

  • Domino's Pizza Enterprises (DMP) - Retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $61.00

  • Endeavour Group (EDV) - Retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $6.10

  • Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) - Retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $24.15

  • Harvey Norman Holdings (HVN) - Retained at lighten at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $4.00

  • Insignia Financial (IFL) - Retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $3.60

  • JB HI-FI (JBH) - Retained at sell at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $37.50

  • Karoon Energy (KAR) - Retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $2.49

  • Kogan.Com (KGN) - Retained at accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $10.70

  • Lovisa Holdings (LOV) - Retained at lighten at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $23.50

  • Magellan Financial Group (MFG) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $9.60

  • Monadelphous Group (MND) - Initiated at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $15.40

  • Metcash (MTS) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $4.00

  • Myer Holdings (MYR) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $0.75

  • Premier Investments (PMV)

    • Retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $30.20

    • Retained at positive at E&P; Price Target: $33.87 from $31.97

    • Retained at sell at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $25.10 from $22.30

    • Retained at sell at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $25.10 from $23.50

    • Retained at neutral at Jarden; Price Target: $32.00

    • Retained at overweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $38.00 from $32.00

    • Retained at sell at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $20.50 from $19.50

    • Upgraded to neutral from sell at UBS; Price Target: $31.00 from $27.00

    • Retained at buy at Unified Capital Partners; Price Target: $35.86 from $32.10

  • Perpetual (PPT) - Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $27.50

  • Platinum Asset Management (PTM)

    • Downgraded to sell from underperform at CLSA; Price Target: $1.00 from $1.02

    • Retained at hold at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $1.25

  • Serko (SKO) - Retained at buy at Citi; Price Target: $4.90

  • Super Retail Group (SUL) - Retained at sell at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $10.50

  • Wesfarmers (WES) - Retained at sell at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $43.00

  • Woolworths Group (WOW) - Retained at lighten at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $27.50


Scans

Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
OSX Osteopore Ltd $0.28 +330.77%
PTR Petratherm Ltd $0.031 +40.91%
TLM Talisman Mining Ltd $0.24 +37.14%
WNR Wingara AG Ltd $0.015 +25.00%
BIO Biome Australia Ltd $0.40 +21.21%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
RPG Raptis Group Ltd $0.016 -30.44%
HAS Hastings Technolo... $0.43 -28.93%
VEN Vintage Energy Ltd $0.012 -25.00%
BDG Black Dragon Gold... $0.019 -20.83%
AQI Alicanto Minerals... $0.023 -20.69%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
OSX Osteopore Ltd $0.28 +330.77%
CGR CGN Resources Ltd $0.32 +16.36%
ACU Acumentis Group Ltd $0.088 +14.29%
VEE Veem Ltd $1.69 +10.46%
BOT Botanix Pharmaceu... $0.22 +10.00%
View all 52 week highs

52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
RPG Raptis Group Ltd $0.016 -30.44%
HAS Hastings Technolo... $0.43 -28.93%
VEN Vintage Energy Ltd $0.012 -25.00%
BDG Black Dragon Gold... $0.019 -20.83%
8CO 8COMMON Ltd $0.036 -18.18%
View all 52 week lows

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
CDA Codan Ltd $10.80 -1.64%
FGX Future Generation... $1.185 -0.42%
CPU Computershare Ltd $25.96 +1.25%
IXJ Ishares Global He... $140.81 +1.07%
EIGA Perennial Income ... $3.83 +0.53%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
TPG TPG Telecom Ltd $4.405 -1.01%
CPM Cooper Metals Ltd $0.105 0.00%
BEZ Besra Gold Inc $0.105 0.00%
SPK Spark New Zealand... $4.37 -0.46%
EBO Ebos Group Ltd $31.38 -0.73%
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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