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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 inches higher as resources, led by lithium and gold stocks, stage overdue rebound

Wed 24 Jan 24, 6:16pm (AEDT)

ASX 200 futures are trading 18 points higher, up 0.24% as of 8:20 am AEDT.

Stronger metals prices overnight, likely due to rumours Beijing is contemplating a substantial rescue package for the Chinese stock market, helped resources companies to a welcome but rare gain in 2024.

Some might say, given recent strength in the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 compared to a 7.5% decline in the resources sector so far this year prior to today, a catch up is long overdue!

Let's dive in!


Today in Review

Wed 24 Jan 24, 5:17pm (AEDT)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,519.2 +0.06%
All Ords 7,748.1 +0.08%
Small Ords 2,889.3 +0.22%
All Tech 2,707.6 -0.72%
Emerging Companies 1,908.6 +0.51%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6574 -0.09%
US Futures
S&P 500 $4,908.25 +0.27%
Dow Jones $38,116.0 +0.07%
Nasdaq $17,611.5 +0.46%
Name Value % Chg
Sector
Materials 18,176.2 +1.31%
Real Estate 3,262.8 +0.93%
Utilities 7,871.4 +0.93%
Communication Services 1,600.8 +0.04%
Energy 10,732.7 0.00%
Industrials 6,794.6 -0.21%
Financials 6,902.2 -0.43%
Consumer Staples 12,180.4 -0.68%
Consumer Discretionary 3,294.8 -0.74%
Health Care 42,786.3 -0.75%
Information Technology 1,841.8 -1.15%

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Markets

ASX 200 Session Chart

S&P ASX 200 (XJO) Intraday Chart 24 Jan 2024-
Wednesday's chart is not full of woe, or anything else for that matter...

The S&P/ASX200 (XJO) finished 4.3 points higher at 7,519.2, basically smack-bang in the middles of the session's tiny 0.5% trading range. In the broader-based S&P/ASX 300 (XKO), advancers beat decliners by 153 to 114.

The Materials (XMJ) +1.3% was the best performing sector today, likely in response to stronger metals prices overnight, and those are likely in turn due to media speculation China is about to announce a plan to stem its massive stock market losses.

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Company

Last Price

Change $

Change %

1mo %

1yr %

Iluka Resources (ILU)

$7.19

+$0.56

+8.4%

+8.4%

-32.6%

Chalice Mining (CHN)

$1.085

+$0.07

+6.9%

-36.6%

-84.1%

Northern Star Resources (NST)

$12.81

+$0.73

+6.0%

-5.9%

+2.1%

Pilbara Minerals (PLS)

$3.46

+$0.19

+5.8%

-7.0%

-24.0%

Kingsgate Consolidated (KCN)

$1.260

+$0.065

+5.4%

-7.4%

-28.2%

Perseus Mining (PRU)

$1.855

+$0.08

+4.5%

-1.9%

-20.4%

Lynas Rare Earths (LYC)

$6.05

+$0.26

+4.5%

-11.0%

-30.5%

Nickel Industries (NIC)

$0.585

+$0.025

+4.5%

-12.7%

-46.1%

Resolute Mining (RSG)

$0.410

+$0.015

+3.8%

-7.9%

+43.9%

Piedmont Lithium Inc (PLL)

$0.275

+$0.01

+3.8%

-35.3%

-67.6%

Gold Road Resources (GOR)

$1.715

+$0.06

+3.6%

-14.3%

-1.7%

Vulcan Energy Resources (VUL)

$2.11

+$0.07

+3.4%

-18.8%

-69.7%

IGO (IGO)

$7.45

+$0.24

+3.3%

-17.3%

-48.8%

Liontown Resources (LTR)

$0.940

+$0.03

+3.3%

-39.0%

-37.3%

Alumina (AWC)

$1.100

+$0.035

+3.3%

+25.0%

-29.7%

The materials sector enjoyed large and broad-based gains today
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Pilbara Minerals chart suggests little short covering yet...

You'll also notice a smattering of lithium stocks in the biggest winners list above. These were help greatly by a well-received December quarter activities report from Pilbara Minerals (PLS: ASX) +5.8%. Check out this article for everything you need to know about why the market liked it so much.

Pilbara Minerals ASX-PLS 24 jan 2024
Today's bounce on Pilbara Minerals could be short-lived

Today's candle delivered a welcome bounce to the PLS chart, but I note it closed well off its highs. This is a sign that the excess demand created by today's good news couldn't be sustained into the close. Volume was hardly substantial, and this tells me very few short sellers took today's news as the cue to get out.

I suggest, while the PLS price can hold above $3.25 there's a chance of a double bottom pattern playing out, but a close below it would likely put $3.10 under pressure, and it's best not contemplating what happens beneath that.

I wouldn't call a demand-side market here until I see higher peaks and higher troughs, but preferably a close above the major point of supply at $4.01. Until then, short and long term trends remain well-established to the downside.

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Gold needs to shine, or else...

Within the Materials, the Gold (XGD) subsector was the clear standout, rebounding 2.7% on the back of a positive quarterly update from sector heavyweight Norther Star Resources (ASX: NST) +6.0%.

S&P ASX 200 Gold Sector (XGD) chart
The Gold sector sub-index is at a critical technical juncture

The rally couldn't have come at a better time for the XGD given it has broken below my long term uptrend ribbon, and given the short term trend is well-established to the downside.

Today's strong demand-side candle is encouraging, but if the XGD fails to quickly recover above the long term trend ribbon – particularly if that failure is punctuated by black candles / upward pointing candle shadows, it would signal the supply side has likely completely taken control of prices within the sector.

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A healthy pullback, probably!

Doing it tough today was the Information Technology (XIJ) -1.15% and Health Care (XHJ) -0.75% sectors. Ironically, unlike Materials, these have been two of the very best sectors since the start of 2024. I'm going to peg this as a "healthy pullback" and nothing more sinister, but I will be watching the price action closely!

S&P ASX 200 Information Technology Sector (XIJ) chart
The Tech sector still shows healthy short and long term uptrends

Economy

  • Judo Bank Australia Flash PMI series for January

    • Flash Australia Composite PMI Output Index 48.1 (Dec: 46.9), i.e., a 4-month high

    • Flash Australia Services PMI Business Activity Index: 47.9 (Dec: 47.1), i.e., a 3-month high

    • Flash Australia Manufacturing PMI Output Index: 49.2 (Dec: 45.5), i.e., 5-month high

    • Flash Australia Manufacturing PMI: 50.3 (Dec: 47.6), i.e., an 11-month high

    • Note values below 50 indicate a contraction in the relevant sector, so whilst Aussie business conditions improved this month, they remain very subdued!

Judo Bank Australia Composite PMI Output Index. Sources Judo Bank, S&P Global PMI, Australian Bureau of Statistics via S&P Global Market Intelligence
Judo Bank Australia Composite PMI Output Index. Sources: Judo Bank, S&P Global PMI, Australian Bureau of Statistics via S&P Global Market Intelligence

What to watch out for...

Tonight:

  • From 7:15pm: European Flash PMIs, from 1:45am: US Flash PMIs

Later this week:

  • Thu - From 11:30am, RBA Bulletin

  • Fri - ECB interest rate decision; US Durable Goods, US New & Pending Home Sales, US PCE Price Index, US Personal Spending & Personal Incomes


Latest News


Interesting Movers

Trading higher

Trading lower

  • -33.4% Nanosonics (NAN) - H1 FY24 trading update and expectations for FY24, fall is consistent with prevailing short and long term downtrends

  • -8.8% Adriatic Metals (ADT) - Vares Project Production Guidance & Update

  • -5.8% Supply Network (SNL) - No news 🤔, second large daily fall, possible response to two prior day's supply-side candles

  • -5.5% Chrysos Corporation (C79) - Chrysos Quarterly Presentation Q2 FY24

  • -5.4% Seven West Media (SWM) - No news, fall is consistent with prevailing short and long term downtrends

  • -5.2% Beacon Lighting Group (BLX) - No news 🤔, close below technical support at $2.22

  • -4.8% Universal Store Holdings (UNI) - No news 🤔

  • -4.4% Nuix (NXL) - No news since 12-Jan 1H24 Results Update, but continues to suffer since this announcement, string of supply-side candles


Broker Notes

  • The A2 Milk Company (A2M) retained at accumulate Ord Minnett; Price Target: $7.20

  • Australian Clinical Labs (ACL)

    • Downgraded to neutral from buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $3.30

    • Retained at buy Citi; Price Target: $3.60

  • Altium (ALU) retained at outperform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $50.00

  • Atlas Arteria (ALX) retained at neutral E&P; Price Target: $6.01

  • Amcor (AMC) downgraded to underweight from neutral at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $14.00 from $14.50

  • Ansell (ANN) retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $26.00

  • AUB Group (AUB) retained at positive E&P; Price Target: $35.70

  • Baby Bunting Group (BBN)

    • Retained at accumulate Ord Minnett; Price Target: $2.00 from $2.35

    • Retained at add Morgans; Price Target: $2.00

  • Cooper Energy (COE)

    • Retained at neutral Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $0.15 from $0.17

    • Retained at buy Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.16 from $0.17

  • Cochlear (COH) retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $255.00

  • Coronado Global Resources Inc. (CRN)

    • Retained at buy Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $2.20 from $2.43

    • Retained at buy Bell Potter; Price Target: $1.95 from $2.15

    • Downgraded to hold from accumulate at Ord Minnett; Price Target: $1.80 from $1.90

    • Retained at buy UBS; Price Target: $2.00 from $2.20

  • CSL (CSL) retained at buy Citi; Price Target: $325.00

  • De Grey Mining (DEG)

    • Retained at outperform Macquarie; Price Target: $1.80

    • Retained at buy UBS; Price Target: $1.50 from $1.55

  • Dropsuite (DSE) retained at buy Ord Minnett; Price Target: $0.34 from $0.33

  • Elders (ELD) retained at buy Bell Potter; Price Target: $9.50 from $8.35

  • EML Payments (EML)

    • Downgraded to sector perform from outperform at RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $1.20 from $1.40

    • Retained at sector perform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $1.20

  • Fineos Corporation Holdings (FCL) retained at sector perform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $2.50

  • Good Drinks Australia (GDA) retained at add Morgans; Price Target: $1.65

  • Generation Development Group (GDG) retained at add Morgans; Price Target: $2.01 from $1.91

  • GQG Partners Inc. (GQG) retained at buy Ord Minnett; Price Target: $2.40 from $2.20

  • Healius (HLS)

    • Retained at neutral Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $1.40

    • Retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $1.25

  • Hansen Technologies (HSN) retained at outperform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $6.25

  • Integral Diagnostics (IDX) retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $1.95

  • IDP Education (IEL)

    • Retained at buy Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $27.60

    • Retained at buy UBS; Price Target: $27.60 from $30.45

  • Infomedia (IFM) retained at outperform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $1.90

  • Iluka Resources (ILU)

    • Upgraded to hold from sell at Canaccord Genuity; Price Target: $7.00

    • Upgraded to overweight from neutral at JPMorgan; Price Target: $8.00

    • Upgraded to neutral from underweight at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $7.20 from $6.50

    • Retained at buy Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $9.80 from $10.10

    • Retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $7.50

    • Retained at outperform Macquarie; Price Target: $8.30 from $8.90

    • Retained at sector perform UBS; Price Target: $6.40 from $6.95

  • Judo Capital Holdings (JDO)

    • Retained at buy Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $1.63 from $1.58

    • Retained at sell Citi; Price Target: $0.87

    • Retained at hold Ord Minnett; Price Target: $1.20 from $1.10

    • Retained at add Morgans; Price Target: $1.50

  • James Hardie Industries (JHX) downgraded to underperform from neutral at BofA; Price Target: $53.80 from $52.00

  • Karoon Energy (KAR)

    • Upgraded to overweight from neutral at Barrenjoey; Price Target: $2.37 from $2.08

    • Upgraded to buy from overweight at Jarden; Price Target: $2.40 from $2.35

    • Retained at buy Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $2.41 from $2.55

    • Retained at buy Citi; Price Target: $3.25

    • Retained at add Morgans; Price Target: $2.80 from $2.95

  • Macquarie Technology Group (MAQ) retained at sector perform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $75.00

  • Mineral Resources (MIN) retained at accumulate Ord Minnett; Price Target: $67.00

  • Megaport (MP1) retained at outperform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $13.00

  • Nanosonics (NAN)

    • Downgraded to underweight from neutral at JPMorgan; Price Target: $3.40 from $3.65

    • Downgraded to market-weight from overweight at Wilsons; Price Target: $3.95 from $5.46

    • Retained at sell Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $3.00 from $3.80

    • Retained at sell Citi; Price Target: $3.90

  • Netwealth Group (NWL) downgraded to neutral from positive at E&P; Price Target: $15.80 from $15.30

  • Nextdc (NXT) retained at outperform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $16.00

  • Orecorp (ORR) retained at hold Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.55 from $0.58

  • Pro Medicus (PME) retained at sector perform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $90.00

  • Polynovo (PNV) downgraded to hold from add at Morgans; Price Target: $1.95 from $1.88

  • Papyrus Australia (PQI) retained at buy Morgans; Price Target: $1.38 from $2.42

  • Qoria (QOR) retained at buy Ord Minnett; Price Target: $0.34 from $0.32

  • Ramsay Health Care (RHC) retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $50.00 from $51.00

  • Resmed Inc (RMD) retained at neutral Citi; Price Target: $29.00

  • Sonic Healthcare (SHL) retained at buy Citi; Price Target: $33.00

  • Stanmore Resources (SMR) retained at buy Ord Minnett; Price Target: $4.30

  • Transurban Group (TCL)

    • Retained at buy Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $13.10

    • Retained at neutral E&P; Price Target: $13.63

  • Viva Energy Group (VEA)

    • Retained at neutral Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $3.40 from $3.43

    • Retained at hold Ord Minnett; Price Target: $3.35

    • Retained at buy UBS; Price Target: $3.50

  • Wesfarmers (WES) retained at sector perform Ord Minnett; Price Target: $42.00

  • Wisetech Global (WTC) retained at sector perform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $75.00

  • Xero (XRO) retained at sector perform RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $115.00


Scans

Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
NPR Newmark Property ... $1.325 +36.60%
TFL Tasfoods Ltd $0.03 +36.36%
AUZ Australian Mines Ltd $0.012 +33.33%
CPO Culpeo Minerals Ltd $0.05 +31.58%
HTG Harvest Technolog... $0.017 +30.77%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
NAN Nanosonics Ltd $2.91 -33.41%
HTA Hutchison Telecom... $0.031 -20.51%
FFG Fatfish Group Ltd $0.04 -20.00%
IRX Inhalerx Ltd $0.02 -20.00%
AWJ Auric Mining Ltd $0.09 -18.18%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
TREDA Toubani Resources... $0.155 +24.00%
AEF Australian Ethica... $5.70 +4.59%
HUM Humm Group Ltd $0.66 +3.13%
FANG Global X Fang+ ETF $22.89 +2.37%
MCGG Munro Concentrate... $11.52 +2.04%
View all 52 week highs

52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
NAN Nanosonics Ltd $2.91 -33.41%
IRX Inhalerx Ltd $0.02 -20.00%
AKN Auking Mining Ltd $0.035 -14.63%
X2M X2M Connect Ltd $0.035 -14.63%
RAS Ragusa Minerals Ltd $0.03 -14.29%
View all 52 week lows

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
AN3PI Australia and New... $102.55 -0.35%
PCI Perpetual Credit ... $1.07 -1.84%
WVOL Ishares Edge MSCI... $37.56 +0.51%
GCI Gryphon Capital I... $2.03 -0.49%
CTD Corporate Travel ... $20.94 +0.14%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
WC8 Wildcat Resources... $0.41 -1.21%
IR1 Iris Metals Ltd $0.53 -2.75%
ARL Ardea Resources Ltd $0.39 -6.02%
TLG Talga Group Ltd $0.57 -1.72%
NAN Nanosonics Ltd $2.91 -33.41%
View all RSI oversold

Written By

Carl Capolingua

Content Editor

Carl has over 30-years investing experience and has helped 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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