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Evening Wrap: ASX 200 stumbles on rising benchmark yields, RBA minutes hint readiness to hike if necessary

Tue 02 Jul 24, 5:26pm (AEST)

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The S&P/ASX 200 closed 32.5 points lower, down 0.42%.

There's a very simple rule in financial markets: Stocks hate rising yields.

And since the middle of last week, both local and overseas benchmark yields have been on the rise. The result is lower prices for Aussie stocks today – particularly those in the Consumer Discretionary, Property, and Financials sectors.

The only sector to show any strength of note was the Energy sector. It's enjoying the potential spoils of rising coal and crude oil prices.

It also likely didn't help matters that minutes from the RBA's June meeting released today demonstrated an all too eager readiness to hike again if required...

Let's dive in!


Today in Review

Tue 02 Jul 24, 4:31pm (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
ASX 200 7,718.2 -0.42%
All Ords 7,959.7 -0.41%
Small Ords 2,949.4 -0.19%
All Tech 3,066.8 -0.39%
Emerging Companies 2,118.8 +0.08%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6643 -0.25%
US Futures
S&P 500 5,524.25 -0.17%
Dow Jones 39,449.0 -0.16%
Nasdaq 20,001.0 -0.25%
Name Value % Chg
Sector
Energy 10,268.1 +2.00%
Utilities 9,288.8 -0.01%
Information Technology 2,283.9 -0.26%
Communication Services 1,482.2 -0.30%
Health Care 43,411.3 -0.33%
Industrials 6,762.6 -0.35%
Consumer Staples 12,231.7 -0.39%
Financials 7,583.8 -0.44%
Materials 16,949.0 -0.60%
Consumer Discretionary 3,470.5 -0.92%
Real Estate 3,543.6 -1.42%

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Markets

XJO Intraday Chart 2 July 2024
ASX 200 Session Chart

The S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) finished 32.5 points lower at 7,718.2, 0.47% from its session high and just 0.2% from its low. In the broader-based S&P/ASX 300 (XKO), advancers lagged decliners by a dismal 99 to 163.

The Energy (XEJ) (+2.0%) sector was the best performing sector today, likely in response to rising coal and crude oil prices over the last 24-hours (note, I have analysis of the two major coal contracts in ChartWatch below).

Company

Last Price

Change $

Change %

1mo %

1yr %

Whitehaven Coal (WHC)

$8.59

+$0.46

+5.7%

+6.6%

+26.3%

Coronado Global Resources (CRN)

$1.340

+$0.05

+3.9%

+20.2%

-12.1%

Woodside Energy Group (WDS)

$29.13

+$0.88

+3.1%

+5.2%

-15.0%

Yancoal Australia (YAL)

$7.02

+$0.1

+1.4%

+8.7%

+56.0%

New Hope Corporation (NHC)

$5.17

+$0.07

+1.4%

+4.0%

+8.1%

Santos (STO)

$7.69

+$0.06

+0.8%

+0.8%

+3.1%

Beach Energy (BPT)

$1.490

+$0.01

+0.7%

-11.0%

+10.4%

The best of the energy sector today

The XEJ’s rally is entering its second week, and based upon today’s move, appears to be gathering steam. However, from a technical perspective, there’s clearly still plenty of work to be done. The long term downtrend ribbon is the next key point of supply (dynamic). I’d like to see the XEJ’s price close above this zone to grow more confident of the current rally’s sustainability.

Energy Secotr Index (ASX-XEJ) chart 2 July 2024
The XEJ’s rally is gathering steam, but substantial challenges remain

Doing it tough today were the 'interest rate sensitives' of Real Estate Investment Trusts (XPJ) (-1.5%), Consumer Discretionary (XDJ) (-0.92%), and Financials (XFJ) (-0.44%). These sectors hate it when market yields rise, as has generally been the case for both Australian and global benchmark yields since the start of the week.

Sandwiched between those interest rate sensitives somewhere was the ASX’s enduring worst performer, Resources (XJR)(-1.42%) (well it was June’s worst performer, it just feels like it's been forever!).

Company

Last Price

Change $

Change %

1mo %

1yr %

Core Lithium (CXO)

$0.086

-$0.005

-5.5%

-33.8%

-90.6%

Jupiter Mines (JMS)

$0.285

-$0.015

-5.0%

-14.9%

+39.0%

Syrah Resources (SYR)

$0.335

-$0.015

-4.3%

-26.4%

-57.6%

Chalice Mining (CHN)

$1.515

-$0.06

-3.8%

-8.5%

-75.7%

IGO (IGO)

$5.63

-$0.22

-3.8%

-19.5%

-62.1%

Pilbara Minerals (PLS)

$2.97

-$0.11

-3.6%

-21.6%

-38.5%

Mineral Resources (MIN)

$53.66

-$1.28

-2.3%

-25.1%

-24.6%

Capricorn Metals (CMM)

$4.79

-$0.09

-1.8%

+0.2%

+17.7%

Alumina (AWC)

$1.670

-$0.03

-1.8%

-11.9%

+21.5%

Lotus Resources (LOT)

$0.325

-$0.005

-1.5%

-30.1%

+85.7%

WA1 Resources (WA1)

$19.22

-$0.25

-1.3%

-9.3%

+236.0%

Iluka Resources (ILU)

$6.60

-$0.07

-1.0%

-7.7%

-40.5%

Sandfire Resources (SFR)

$8.59

-$0.09

-1.0%

-7.1%

+44.9%

Fortescue (FMG)

$21.57

-$0.19

-0.9%

-12.8%

-2.4%

Rio Tinto (RIO)

$119.63

-$1.04

-0.9%

-7.2%

+4.5%

Nickel Industries (NIC)

$0.800

-$0.005

-0.6%

-16.7%

-8.6%

Northern Star Resources (NST)

$12.83

-$0.07

-0.5%

-10.6%

+5.9%

Lynas Rare Earths (LYC)

$6.13

-$0.03

-0.5%

-8.0%

-10.1%

BHP Group (BHP)

$43.16

-$0.14

-0.3%

-3.0%

-4.0%

Another bruising day for ASX Resources stocks

ChartWatch

Australian Premium Coking Coal Futures (Front month, back-adjusted) SGX

Australian Premium Coking Coal Futures (Front month, back-adjusted) SGX
Anglo-American's loss is ASX coal's gain

You may have noticed in the Winners table of the Interesting Moves section from yesterday’s Evening wrap a sudden influx of coal stocks – 5 to be exact: Coronado Global Resources (ASX: CRN), New Hope Corporation (ASX: NHC), Stanmore Resources (ASX: SMR), Whitehaven Coal (ASX: WHC), and Yancoal Australia (ASX: YAL).

The reason for the strong performance in ASX coal was news that major producer Anglo-American had been forced to stop production at one of its Queensland mines due to a fire.

As can be seen from the above chart, the result of the news – which implies lesser supply to the market – saw the price of the key Australian coking coal futures contract spike over 10% to US$262/t on Singapore’s SGX futures exchange.

Coking or metallurgical (“met”) coal as it is also known, is the other key ingredient to iron ore in the steel making process. It should not be confused with thermal coal which is used for electrical power generation.

While we’re on the topic of charts, it’s also worth noting that the charts of SMR, NHC, and YAL are also constituents of my Uptrends Scan List in my regular ChartWatch Daily Scans, and I suspect that based upon today’s performance WHC will be joining them tomorrow.

So, given all the above, I figure it’s a good time to look at the charts of the two major Australian coal futures contracts, Met Coal above, and Newcastle thermal coal below.

Clearly, despite the excitement of the last 24-hours, met coal remains in a long term downtrend. The short term downtrend was neutralised by yesterday’s spike.

That spike closed the met coal price above the dynamic supply of the short term trend ribbon, but just short of the 264 point of supply.

The price action has compressed within a range between 226 and 271, the top of which coincides with likely dynamic supply from the long term downtrend ribbon.

A close above 271 is a prerequisite for neutralising the long term downtrend, and it would be beneficial to see a return to rising peaks and rising troughs prior to then (i.e., supply removal and demand reinforcement respectively).

Alternatively, a close back below the short term trend ribbon would indicate the supply side is very much still in control, and a close below 235 would set met coal up to probe even lower points of demand.

Newcastle Coal Futures (Front month, back-adjusted) ICE

Newcastle Coal Futures (Front month, back-adjusted) ICE
No redeeming features...

You might find it a little confusing to see such pronounced downtrends in thermal coal, the met coal chart not looking too crash hot either, while at the same time finding the charts of so many ASX coal stocks in strong uptrends.

I just follow trends, so this potential discrepancy is meaningless to me!

The short and long term downtrends here are well established. The price action is falling peaks and falling troughs (i.e., supply reinforcement and demand removal respectively).

There is a total absence of demand-side control evidenced in this chart.

In the absence of a return to rising peaks and rising troughs and or a close above the short and long term downtrend ribbons, I suggest a close above 150 is the minimum requirement to signal that the demand-side is indeed back in control.


Economy

Today

  • AUS RBA June Meeting Minutes

    • Key takeaways from the minutes:

      • "households were not being as cautious in their spending as previously thought"

      • "The labour market was still assessed as tight relative to full employment"

      • "Inflation remained above the target range and had been a little higher than expected in prior months"

      • “longer term inflation expectations in Australia were still anchored...Members acknowledged that if inflation expectations were to rise materially from current levels, it could require significantly higher interest rates to bring inflation back to target, with adverse implications for growth in output and employment”

      • "while monetary policy was restrictive, an important judgement was whether policy settings were sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to target within the timeframe implicit in the Board’s strategy"

Later this week

Tuesday

  • 19:00 EUR Core CPI Flash Estimate y/y to June (+2.8% forecast vs +2.9% in May)

  • 23:30 USA Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell Speaks

Wednesday

  • 00:00 USA JOLTS Job Openings June (7.86M forecast vs 8.06 in May)

  • 11:30 AUS Retail Sales June (+0.3% forecast vs +0.1% in May)

  • 11:45 CHN Caixin Services PMI June (53.4 forecast vs 54.0 in May)

  • 17:15 EUR Services PMIs Various June

Thursday

  • 00:00 USA Services PMI June (52.5 forecast vs 53.8 in May)

  • 04:00 USA FOMC June Meeting Minutes

  • All Day USA July 4 Public Holiday - non trading day

Friday

  • 22:30 Non-Farm Employment Change, Average Hourly Earnings m/m, Unemployment Rate June

    • +189K forecast vs +272K in May; +0.3% forecast vs +0.4% in May; 4.0% forecast vs 4.0% in May


Latest News


Interesting Movers

Trading higher

  • +8.0% Droneshield (DRO) - No news, rise is consistent with the most wonderful short and long term uptrends! πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +7.3% Liontown Resources (LTR) - Joint Statement with LG Energy Solution and Presentation - Strategic Partnership and Long Term Funding and Strategic partnership to deliver long-term funding, note however, LTR closed with long upward pointing shadow terminating at short term downtrend ribbon, long term trend remains down

  • +6.4% Electro Optic Systems (EOS) - No news, rise is consistent with short and long term uptrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +5.8% Resolute Mining (RSG) - No news, rise is consistent with short and long term uptrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +5.7% Whitehaven Coal (WHC) - Continued positive response to yesterday's news of supply disruptions at a competitor's QLD mine, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +5.2% Acrow (ACF) -Acrow Achieves Record Secured Hire Contracts and Pipeline, rise is consistent with prevailing long term uptrend, bounced off long term uptrend ribbon πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +4.3% Vulcan Energy Resources (VUL) - No news, perfectly bouncing off long term uptrend ribbon! πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +4.0% IPD Group (IPG) - No news, rise is consistent with short and long term uptrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +3.9% Coronado Global Resources (CRN) - Continued positive response to yesterday's news of supply disruptions at a competitor's QLD mine, rise is consistent with prevailing short and long term uptrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • +3.2% Botanix Pharmaceuticals (BOT) - No news, retained at buy at Euroz Hartleys, price target increased $0.47 from $0.33

  • +3.1% Woodside Energy Group (WDS) - No news, generally strong ASX energy sector on rising energy commodities prices

Trading lower

  • -12.6% Rpmglobal (RUL) - Update on Software sales & expected FY2024 Result

  • -7.3% Imugene (IMU) - No news, fall is consistent with short and long term downtrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • -6.5% Immutep (IMM) - No news, continued negative response to last week's Positive topline results from ph2b in head & neck cancer

  • -6.5% Lindian Resources (LIN) - Investor Webinar

  • -6.0% Mesoblast (MSB) - Mesoblast to File BLA for Ryoncil FDA Approval Next Week, fall is consistent with prevailing short term downtrend and falling peaks and falling troughs πŸ”ŽπŸ“‰

  • -5.5% Core Lithium (CXO) - No news, continued negative response to last week's NEWS

  • -5.0% Jupiter Mines (JMS) - No news, fall is consistent with prevailing short term downtrend and falling peaks and falling troughs πŸ”ŽπŸ“‰

  • -5.0% Mayne Pharma Group (MYX) - Class action settlement, fall is consistent with short and long term downtrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • -4.3% Bannerman Energy (BMN) - No news, continued negative response to last week's NEWS

  • -4.3% Syrah Resources (SYR) - No news, fall is consistent with short and long term downtrends πŸ”ŽπŸ“ˆ

  • -4.2% EML Payments (EML) - No news today, but possibly delayed negative response to yesterday's NEWS, fall is consistent with prevailing short term downtrend, long term trend is transitioning from up to down πŸ”ŽπŸ“‰


Broker Notes

  • Adacel Technologies (ADA)

    • Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.75 from $0.80

  • Atlas Arteria (ALX)

    • Retained at buy at Jefferies; Price Target: $6.41 from $6.33

    • Retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $5.20 from $5.39

    • Retained at equal-weight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $5.66

    • Retained at sector perform at RBC Capital Markets; Price Target: $5.50

  • Austin Engineering (ANG)

    • Retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $0.60

  • Botanix Pharmaceuticals (BOT)

    • Retained at buy at Euroz Hartleys; Price Target: $0.47 from $0.33

  • Cobram Estate Olives (CBO)

    • Retained at hold at Bell Potter; Price Target: $1.95 from $2.10

    • Retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $2.05

  • Computershare (CPU)

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $30.00 from $29.00

  • DGL Group (DGL)

    • Downgraded to hold from buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.65 from $0.75

  • Delta Lithium (DLI)

    • Retained at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $0.75

  • Hansen Technologies (HSN)

    • Retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $6.90

  • Hub24 (HUB)

    • Initiated at buy at Bell Potter; Price Target: $53.20

  • IGO (IGO)

    • Retained at underweight at Morgan Stanley; Price Target: $5.05

  • IPH (IPH)

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $7.35

  • James Hardie Industries (JHX)

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $66.60 from $55.00

  • Lendlease Group (LLC)

    • Upgraded to buy from neutral at Citi; Price Target: $6.30

  • Medibank Private (MPL)

    • Retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $3.70 from $3.60

  • National Australia Bank (NAB)

    • Retained at neutral at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $34.04

  • NIB (NHF)

    • Retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $7.50 from $7.30

  • Peninsula Energy (PEN)

    • Retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $0.26

  • Pioneer Credit (PNC)

    • Retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $0.80

  • QBE Insurance Group (QBE)

    • Retained at neutral at Macquarie; Price Target: $18.40 from $18.00

  • Saturn Metals (STN)

    • Retained at buy at Shaw and Partners; Price Target: $0.37 from $0.44

  • Santos (STO)

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $9.00

  • Woodside Energy Group (WDS)

    • Retained at outperform at Macquarie; Price Target: $32.00

  • Xero (XRO)

    • Retained at buy at Goldman Sachs; Price Target: $180.00 from $164.00


Scans

Top Gainers

Code Company Last % Chg
REC Recharge Metals Ltd $0.036 +38.46%
NNL Nordic Nickel Ltd $0.078 +36.84%
AHK Ark Mines Ltd $0.205 +36.67%
MMM Marley Spoon Se $0.02 +33.33%
NPM Newpeak Metals Ltd $0.024 +33.33%
View all top gainers

Top Fallers

Code Company Last % Chg
SUM Summit Minerals Ltd $0.27 -21.74%
WMG Western Mines Gro... $0.28 -18.84%
RCE Recce Pharmaceuti... $0.49 -18.33%
RC1 Redcastle Resourc... $0.018 -18.18%
ASQ Australian Silica... $0.023 -17.86%
View all top fallers

52 Week Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
AZ9 Asian Battery Met... $0.04 +14.29%
CYM Cyprium Metals Ltd $0.052 +10.64%
SLS Solstice Minerals... $0.19 +8.57%
DRO Droneshield Ltd $1.81 +7.74%
MAU Magnetic Resource... $1.25 +5.93%
View all 52 week highs

52 Week Lows

Code Company Last % Chg
MAY Melbana Energy Ltd $0.028 -20.00%
NVA Nova Minerals Ltd $0.175 -12.50%
ODY Odyssey Gold Ltd $0.015 -11.77%
JNO Juno Minerals Ltd $0.031 -11.43%
DTZ DOTZ Nano Ltd $0.12 -11.11%
View all 52 week lows

Near Highs

Code Company Last % Chg
DVDY Vaneck Morningsta... $20.83 -0.62%
DJW Djerriwarrh Inves... $2.99 +0.67%
UMAX Betashares S&P 50... $23.58 +0.26%
VEU Vanguard All-Worl... $88.53 -0.32%
KED Keypath Education... $0.835 0.00%
View all near highs

Relative Strength Index (RSI) Oversold

Code Company Last % Chg
VLUE Vaneck MSCI Inter... $25.01 -0.04%
CNEW Vaneck China New ... $5.755 -0.95%
TANN Betashares Solar ETF $7.23 -1.50%
CCX City Chic Collect... $0.123 -2.00%
ACQ Acorn Capital Inv... $0.76 -1.94%
View all RSI oversold

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Carl Capolingua

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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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