Market Wraps

Morning Wrap: ASX 200 futures flat, Wall Street ekes out gains, commodity prices slump

Wed 05 Jun 24, 8:34am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 4 points lower, down -0.05% as of 8:30 am AEST.

US stocks ended higher after a choppy overnight session as softer-than-expected labour market data pushed bond yields lower, small caps sold off sharply on growth concerns, several commodities including gold and oil tumbled, Alphabet and Google are slashing jobs in their cloud businesses.

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Wed 05 Jun 24, 8:25am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
S&P 500 5,291 +0.15%
Dow Jones 38,711 +0.36%
NASDAQ Comp 16,857 +0.17%
Russell 2000 2,034 -1.25%
Country Indices
Canada 21,978 -0.63%
China 3,091 +0.14%
Germany 18,406 -1.09%
Hong Kong 18,444 +0.22%
India 72,079 -5.74%
Japan 38,837 -0.22%
United Kingdom 8,232 -0.37%
Name Value % Chg
Commodities (USD)
Gold 2,347.3999 -0.92%
Iron Ore 107.69 -2.19%
Copper 4.537 -2.80%
WTI Oil 73.25 -1.31%
AUD/USD 0.6648 -0.60%
Bitcoin (AUD) 106,161 +2.31%
Ethereum (AUD) 5,733 +1.19%
US 10 Yr T-bond 4.336 -1.50%
VIX 13.16 +0.38%

US Sectors

Wed 05 Jun 24, 8:25am (AEST)

Real Estate +0.95%
Consumer Staples +0.93%
Information Technology +0.41%
Health Care +0.33%
Communication Services +0.33%
Consumer Discretionary +0.17%
Utilities -0.02%
Industrials -0.23%
Financials -0.44%
Energy -0.97%
Materials -1.22%


S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 closes near session highs (Source: TradingView)


  • Major US benchmarks ended mostly higher, closing near best levels

  • Defensives, Big Tech and Staples outperformed while cyclicals like resources and energy led to the downside

  • Russell 2000 underperformed massively, reflecting growth concerns and weakness in cyclical pockets of the market

  • Bond yields continue to fall on weak US jobs data, the US 2-year is down 20 bps in the last five sessions and not far off a two-month low

  • Every dollar allocated into the S&P 500 ETF, 27 cents goes into Apple, Amazon, Nvidia, Alphabet and Microsoft 

  • Big tech stocks hiding how scared investors are about the Fed keeping rates higher for longer (WSJ)

  • Short interest in average S&P 500 stock hovering near lowest in more than two decades as bears retreat (Bloomberg)

  • Morgan Stanley sees risks in being long dollar, underweight duration going into US election (Bloomberg)


  • Google to slash at least 100 jobs across cloud division (CNBC)

  • Microsoft laying off hundreds at Azure cloud unit (Reuters)

  • Tesla's China-made EV sales fall 6.6% y/y in May amid output cut (Reuters)

  • Ford sees ~65% increases in May sales of EVs and hybrids (CNBC)

  • Cisco announces plan to invest $1B in AI startups (Bloomberg)

  • Maersk says global supply lines more impacted than previously expected by Red Sea disruption (Bloomberg)


  • ECB hawks and resilient data sow doubts over pace of rate cuts (Bloomberg)


  • Netanyahu under pressure from right wing minister to reject US-backed ceasefire plan (Bloomberg)

  • Japan PM Kishida will not call a snap election in Japan before current parliament session ends (Reuters)

  • India's Modi wins election despite his party losing outright majority (CNBC)


  • US job openings fell more than expected in April, pushing the number of available jobs per job-seeker to the lowest in nearly three years (Reuters)

  • German unemployment increased more than expected in May (Bloomberg)

  • South Korean inflation falls by more than expected, keeping alive prospects of a central bank pivot (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Wed 05 Jun 24, 8:25am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Lithium & Battery Tech 43.69 +0.11%
Strategic Metals 50.35 -1.72%
Uranium 30.68 -2.79%
Silver 27.02 -3.12%
Steel 68.56 -3.31%
Gold Miners 34.18 -3.75%
Copper Miners 45.46 -4.80%
Aerospace & Defense 136.77 +0.15%
Agriculture 25.18 -0.24%
Global Jets 19.97 -0.94%
Construction 68.74 -1.73%
Biotechnology 135.48 -0.01%
Name Value % Chg
Bitcoin 26.67 +1.95%
Solar 47.41 -1.50%
CleanTech 9.695 -1.67%
Hydrogen 6.53 -3.97%
Video Games/eSports 66.45 +0.38%
FinTech 25.1 +0.08%
Robotics & AI 31.13 +0.03%
Cloud Computing 19.41 -0.21%
Sports Betting/Gaming 16.8 -0.41%
E-commerce 23.51 -0.42%
Semiconductor 232.56 -0.78%
Cybersecurity 27.54 -0.97%
Electric Vehicles 24.5 -1.29%


  • ASX 200 set for a relatively flat open as a positive overnight lead and lower bond yields is offset by a drop in commodity prices

  • Goldman Sachs' Commodities Index has marked its worst four-day stretch of the year, reflecting a sharp pullback for several soft and hard commodities

  • Overnight commodity snapshot: Silver (-3.5%), Copper (-2.6%), Nickel (-2.5%), Aluminium (-1.9%), Brent Crude (-1.3%) and Gold (-0.9%)

  • Several overnight commodity-related ETFs we track also sold off, including the Global X Copper Miners ETF (-4.8%), Sprott Nickel Miners ETF (-3.8%), VanEck Gold Miners ETF (-3.7%) and Global X Uranium ETF (-2.8%)

  • Flight attendants union to launch legal action against Qantas regarding pay of indirectly employed cabin crew (The Aus)

  • IPD Group CEO Michael Sainsbury discloses sale of 353,000 shares (IPG)

  • Treasury Wine Estates reaffirms FY mid-to-high single digit EBITS (TWE)

  • Woodside and Aramco in talks to invest in Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG Project (Bloomberg)

  • Xero launches offering of $850m convertible notes (XRO)

  • Xero block trade of $380m offered at 2.5% to 4.5% discount, related to delta hedging for the above convertible notes offering (AFR)


  • Cooper Energy upgraded to Buy from Speculative Buy; target up to $0.27 from $0.25 (Canaccord Genuity) 

  • Integral Diagnostics downgraded to Neutral from Positive; target remains $2.40 (E&P)

Key Events

Companies trading ex-dividend: 

  • Wed 5 June: Qualitas Real Estate Income Fund (QRI) – $0.012, Hancock & Gore (HNG) – $0.01, Infratil (IFT) – $0.017

  • Thu 6 June: None

  • Fri 7 June: None

  • Mon 10 June: None

  • Tue 11 June: None

Other ASX corporate actions today: 

  • Dividends paid: None

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 9:00 am: Australia Industry Index (May)

  • 11:30 am: Australia GDP (Q1)

  • 11:45 pm: Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision

  • 12:00 am: US ISM Services PMI (May)

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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