Market Wraps

Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to fall + Morgan Stanley's take on the Big Four Banks

Wed 24 May 23, 8:31am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 35 points lower, down -0.48% as of 8:20 am AEDT.

S&P 500 posts its worst session since 2 May, led by Tech and Materials. US debt ceiling talks remain in a deadlock, European luxury stocks like LVMH and Hermes take a $30bn hit after a stellar run, copper spot prices hit a fresh 6-month low and Morgan Stanley's views on the current banking environment plus their preferred picks.

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Wed 24 May 23, 8:31am (AEDT)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,146 -1.12%
Dow Jones 33,056 -0.69%
NASDAQ Comp 12,560 -1.26%
Russell 2000 1,788 -0.43%
Country Indices
Canada 20,146 -1.01%
China 3,246 -1.52%
Germany 16,153 -0.44%
Hong Kong 19,431 -1.25%
India 61,982 +0.03%
Japan 30,958 -0.42%
United Kingdom 7,763 -0.10%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,977.00 +0.13%
Iron Ore 106.54 -
Copper 3.643 -0.33%
WTI Oil 73.61 +0.96%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6612 +0.02%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 41,176 +1.16%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,800 +1.56%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.698 -0.56%
VIX 19 +7.67%

US Sectors

Wed 24 May 23, 8:31am (AEDT)

Sector Chg %
Energy +1.04%
Utilities -0.34%
Consumer Staples -0.71%
Consumer Discretionary -0.87%
Health Care -1.13%
Financials -1.22%
Industrials -1.23%
Real Estate -1.28%
Communication Services -1.48%
Information Technology -1.50%
Materials -1.54%

S&P 500 SESSION CHART

S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 rallies intraday to close at session highs (Source: TradingView)

MARKETS

Before we dive in – I wanted to apologise for the shotty Overnight Summary tables on Tuesday. These bugs are more like cockroaches. The data is correct today. Will continue to monitor.

  • S&P 500 finished lower and closed at worst levels

  • Debt ceiling drama continues to weigh on markets, negotiations on Tuesday yielded no signs of progress but consensus still expects a last minute deal

  • Energy was the only green sector, WTI crude up 2.2% to a 3-week high overnight 

  • FOMC minutes at 4:00 am tomorrow, recent Fed commentary has leaned more hawkish than expected but remains in favour of a pause 

  • Tech sector saw a fifth straight week of inflows, BofA May Global Fund Manager Survey flagged long big tech as the most crowded trade 

  • BofA noted that Big 7 Tech names are trading at PEs of 30 vs. 17 for the rest of the S&P 500 – fuelled by AI optimism, heightened view of the space as defensive

  • European luxury stocks such as LVMH (-5.0%) sold off heavily after comments from Deutsche Bank, which noted the sector as a crowded long and trading at a historical premium to the market  

  • Large asset management groups piling into bonds with more than US$100bn pouring into fixed income funds this year (FT)

STOCKS

  • Microsoft's to integrate Bing into OpenAI's ChatGPT service (Bloomberg)

  • Apple, Broadcom reach multi-billion dollar deal for US components (FT)

  • Netflix reveals account options after crackdown on password sharing (The Verge)

  • Yelp shares jumped after activist investor TSC Capital Management stake (CNBC)

  • Zoom posts double beat but outlook slows, shares tumble (Reuters

ECONOMY

  • US business activity rises to 13-month high in May (Reuters)

  • Biden and McCarthy talks described as "productive" ( Bloomberg)

  • Yellen reiterates highly likely US will run out of cash as early as 1 June (FT)

  • UK PMI activity slows from April's 1-year high as inflation weighs services (Reuters)

  • Eurozone PMI weighted down by manufacturing, shrinking at fastest pace since Covid (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Wed 24 May 23, 8:31am (AEDT)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Gold 183.43 +0.12%
Silver 21.51 -0.74%
Steel 58.4405 -1.15%
Lithium & Battery Tech 62.92 -1.21%
Uranium 20.44 -1.26%
Strategic Metals 82.96 -1.90%
Aluminum 46.1083 -1.98%
Nickel 27.7863 -2.09%
Copper Miners 35.97 -2.63%
Industrials
Global Jets 18.29 -0.60%
Aerospace & Defense 110.92 -1.89%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 131.11 -0.03%
Cannabis 8.51 -3.30%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 15.72 +1.22%
Renewables
Hydrogen 9.31 -0.21%
Solar 71.14 -0.28%
CleanTech 14.58 -0.55%
Technology
Cybersecurity 23.1 -0.90%
Semiconductor 438.78 -1.24%
FinTech 20.89 -1.42%
Cloud Computing 17.67 -1.78%
Electric Vehicles 23.36 -1.81%
Video Games/eSports 52.03 -2.07%
Sports Betting/Gaming 17.02 -2.30%
Robotics & AI 26.22 -2.31%
E-commerce 16.7206 -2.62%

Deeper Dive

Sectors to Watch

Markets were pretty heavy overnight. There's a little bit of angst heading into FOMC minutes and debt ceiling debates as well as the formidable tech rally showing some signs of weakness. Indices are still trading within their recent ranges but now with a bearish lean. Let's see if things can hold up.

  • Copper: Copper spot prices hit a fresh 6-month low overnight of US$3.64/lb. The Global X Copper Miners ETF tanked in-line with this weakness, down 2.6% to a 2-month low. This could see some negative flow for local names like BHP, 29Metals and Sandfire.

  • Tech: Big tech took a hit overnight and most of our tech-y ETFs were down around 1.5%. The S&P/ASX 200 Info Tech Index is up 8.05% in the last five sessions, so do we begin to see a pullback take place? Its worth noting the Index closed 0.22% higher on Tuesday, down from session highs of 1.36%.

Morgan Stanley's Big Bank Playbook

This rate hiking cycle and favourable deposit pricing has led to an average margin expansion of 19 bps for major banks in late 2022, according to Morgan Stanley. However, they expect margins to fall by an average of 15 bps over the next 18 months amid mortgage discounting, deposit competition and higher wholesale funding costs. Here are their main takeaways:

  • A more competitive environment: "With little diversification and fewer growth options, all four banks are even more focused on maintaining or gaining share in their "core" segments."

  • Consensus is too optimistic: "In our view, NAB's below-system growth in Australian mortgages and above-average exposure to SME loans will not compensate for a greater margin headwind from deposits, while WBC will continue to face mortgage headwinds."

  • Ratings changes: "We have: downgraded our rating on NAB to UW from EW and lowered our price target ~9%; downgraded our rating on WBC to EW from OW and reduced our price target ~8%; trimmed our ANZ price target ~2%; and reduced our CBA price target ~4%."

  • Order of preference: "We favour banks which can best manage margin headwinds and limit cost growth relative to current expecta- tions, while managing the challenges of higher rates and a weaker economic outlook. Our revised order of preference is ANZ (EW), WBC (EW), NAB (UW), CBA (UW)."

Note: UW = Underweight (aka Sell) EW = Equal-weight (Neutral) and OW = Overweight (Buy)

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: Aristocrat Leisure (ALL) – $0.30, Orica (ORI) – $0.18, Nufarm (NUF) – $0.05

  • Dividends paid: None

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 4:00 pm: UK Inflation Rate

  • 6:00 pm: Germany IFO Business Climate

  • 4:00 am: FOMC Minutes

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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