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Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to fall, 42% of S&P 500 market cap reports this week, lithium stocks tumble

Mon 24 Apr 23, 8:18am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 8 points lower, down -0.11% as of 8:20 am AEDT.

Major US benchmarks edge higher in another choppy yet uneventful session, lithium heavyweights SQM and Albemarle tumble on Chile's plans for state control, 42% of the S&P 500 market cap is expected to release first quarter earnings this week and Eurozone PMIs hit 11-month high amid a rebound in services. Also, markets are closed on Tuesday for Anzac day (and no Morning Wrap).

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Mon 24 Apr 23, 8:18am (AEDT)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,134 +0.09%
Dow Jones 33,809 +0.07%
NASDAQ Comp 12,072 +0.11%
Russell 2000 1,792 +0.10%
Country Indices
Canada 20,693 +0.30%
China 3,301 -1.95%
Germany 15,882 +0.54%
Hong Kong 20,076 -1.57%
India 59,655 +0.04%
Japan 28,564 -0.33%
United Kingdom 7,914 +0.15%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,992.30 +0.09%
Iron Ore 117.21 -
Copper 3.987 +0.18%
WTI Oil 77.79 -0.10%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6692 +0.01%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 41,037 -1.07%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,765 -1.45%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.57 +0.71%
VIX 17 -2.33%

US Sectors

Mon 24 Apr 23, 8:18am (AEDT)

Sector Chg %
Consumer Discretionary +1.20%
Consumer Staples +0.75%
Health Care +0.68%
Communication Services +0.32%
Utilities +0.30%
Real Estate +0.17%
Industrials -0.24%
Information Technology -0.37%
Financials -0.39%
Energy -0.59%
Materials -0.91%

S&P 500 SESSION CHART

S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 closes around breakeven after another choppy session (Source: TradingView)

MARKETS

  • S&P 500 closes slightly higher from session lows of -0.40%

  • Another choppy and directionless session – Feels like it's been a while since we’ve had such a quiet and range bound period for markets 

  • Gold tumbled 1.1%, back below US$2,000 an ounce 

  • Money market funds saw outflows of US$67.4bn for the week ended 19 April, the third largest on record, according to Lipper

  • Better-than-feared earnings make analyst rethink low expectations (Bloomberg)

  • Bond traders wait for calm to shatter with Fed 'breaking stuff' (Bloomberg)

  • Central banks load up on gold in response to rising geopolitical tensions (FT)

  • Fed emergency loans to banks post first rise in five weeks (Bloomberg)

  • Fed Harker sees more central bank action to quash inflation pressures (Reuters)

  • Fed Bostic says still one and done on rate hikes (Bloomberg)

STOCKS

  • SQM and Albemarle shares slide on Chile lithium nationalisation plan (Reuters)

  • Bed Bath & Beyond files Chapter 11 (CNBC)

  • GM recalling 40,000 Silverado pickups due to fire risk (Fox Business)

  • Porsche, Mercedes and GM are betting on silicon-anode batteries (CNBC)

  • Tesla hikes US prices days after sixth price cut this year (Reuters)

EARNINGS

Last Friday was pretty quiet for company earnings, some of the more high profile ones include:

Procter & Gamble (+3.5%): EPS and revenue beat, delivered organic sales growth of 7% year-on-year, raised full-year organic sales outlook. Interesting to note that product pricing rose 10% but volumes fell 3% (stagflation much). 

  • "Our strong results over the first 3 quarters have enabled us to raise our organic sales outlook and confirm our guidance ranges on EPS and cash. We are increasing our guidance for organic sales growth from a range of 4% to 5% to approximately 6% for the fiscal year." – CEO Jon Moeller

CSX (+3.3%): The retail transportation and real estate company beat EPS and revenue expectations.

  • "We're also off to a strong start to the year for coal, and we expect continued benefit from healthy export demand, both thermal and met."

42% of the S&P 500 market capitalisation is expected to release earnings this week. Tonight we will see results from names including Coca Cola, Philips, Credit Suisse, First Republic and Whirlpool.

Of the 18% of S&P 500 companies that have reported first quarter earnings, the blended earnings growth rate for EPS is -6.2% compared to analyst expectations of -6.7%. In aggregate, 76% have beaten EPS expectations, 63% topped revenue expectations and the average earnings beat is 5.8% above expectations.

ECONOMY

  • Eurozone PMIs hits 11-month high amid services rebound (Bloomberg)

  • UK retail sales drop after two months of gains (Bloomberg)

  • UK consumer confidence rises to highest level since Ukraine invasion (FT)

  • Japan CPI steady as expected, underlying pressures continue to build (Reuters)

  • South Korea March producer inflation eases to weakest in 25 months (Reuters)

  • US banks increasingly concerned about falling commercial property valuations (FT)

  • China central bank hints it will dial bank pandemic stimulus (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Mon 24 Apr 23, 8:18am (AEDT)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Uranium 19.31 -0.67%
Silver 23.17 -0.82%
Aluminum 50.2856 -0.93%
Gold 186.09 -0.99%
Nickel 33.1 -1.47%
Strategic Metals 80.13 -1.55%
Copper Miners 41.23 -2.55%
Steel 63.2 -2.56%
Lithium & Battery Tech 61.39 -3.01%
Industrials
Global Jets 18.33 -0.44%
Aerospace & Defense 116.4 -0.71%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 131.94 +1.15%
Cannabis 8.19 -0.49%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 16.69 -2.82%
Renewables
Solar 77.63 +0.12%
CleanTech 15.35 0.00%
Hydrogen 9.81 -0.51%
Technology
Sports Betting/Gaming 16.64 +1.32%
Cybersecurity 22.72 +0.88%
Robotics & AI 25 +0.80%
FinTech 20.61 +0.34%
Cloud Computing 17.32 +0.17%
Video Games/eSports 51.43 -0.16%
E-commerce 17.48 -0.40%
Semiconductor 419.89 -0.73%
Electric Vehicles 22.47 -0.80%

Deeper Dive

Lithium: Chile's plans to nationalise the industry

Chile's President Gabriel Boric announced plans to nationalise the country's lithium industry.

"This is the best chance we have at transitioning to a sustainable and developed economy. We can't afford to waste it," Boric said in an address televised nationwide, Reuters reported.

This is crushed lithium heavyweights SQM (-18.6%) and Albemarle (-10%) last Friday. Both shares are down more than 20% year-to-date, trading at levels not seen since March 2022.

Chile is the world's second largest producer of lithium with the world's largest reserves.

Lithium reserves
Source: US Geological Survey, Reuters

Back at home, there aren't too many ASX-listed lithium names with Chile exposure. The main one is Lithium Power International (ASX: LPI) and its 100% owned Maricunga Project. The stock tumbled 17.7% last Friday.

So what are some possible scenarios as a result of nationalisation?

  • Compensation: The government may offer compensation to overseas companies for the nationalised assets.

  • Joint ventures: The government may allow overseas companies to continue operating in the nationalised industry through joint ventures with state-owned enterprises. The overseas companies maintains a presence in the industry but likely shares control with the government, on less favourable terms.

Considerations for investors and the listed lithium space:

  • A shift away from Chile (and potentially Argentina) based assets

  • A shift towards other jurisdictions such as Canada, US and Australia

  • Pilbara Minerals rallied 3.3% last Friday, with most of the gains taking place in the afternoon, when the lithium news broke out

Sectors to Watch

Not the most exciting overnight session. Discretionary, Staples and Healthcare were among the best performing S&P 500 sectors. Whereas several of our commodity-related overnight ETFs sold off sharply, including Lithium (-3.0%), Steel (-2.6%), Copper (-2.6%) and Gold Miners (-1.3%).

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: None

  • Dividends paid: Latitude (LFS)

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 6:00 pm: German IFO Business Confidence

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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