Market Wraps

Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to fall, S&P 500 extends losing streak, copper jumps to new 22-month high

Fri 19 Apr 24, 8:34am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 52 points lower, down -0.68% as of 8:30 am AEST.

The S&P 500 failed to hold on to early gains and finished lower for a fifth straight session, copper prices hit US$4.4/lb for the first time since June 2022, the US 2-year Treasury yields threatens to push above 5.0% for the first time since November, Fed policymakers continue to wave the "higher for longer" flag and several mining heavyweights are due to release March quarter results this morning.

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Thu 30 May 24, 8:20am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
S&P 500 5,267 -0.74%
Dow Jones 38,442 -1.06%
NASDAQ Comp 16,921 -0.58%
Russell 2000 2,036 -1.48%
Country Indices
Canada 21,898 -1.65%
China 3,111 +0.05%
Germany 18,473 -1.10%
Hong Kong 18,477 -1.83%
India 74,503 -0.89%
Japan 38,557 -0.77%
United Kingdom 8,183 -0.86%
Name Value % Chg
Commodities (USD)
Gold 2,341.2 -0.65%
Iron Ore 117.74 +0.05%
Copper 4.791 -1.32%
WTI Oil 79.23 -0.75%
AUD/USD 0.6612 -0.56%
Bitcoin (AUD) 102,297 -1.10%
Ethereum (AUD) 5,709 -1.78%
US 10 Yr T-bond 4.624 +1.81%
VIX 14.28 +10.53%

US Sectors

Thu 30 May 24, 8:21am (AEST)

Information Technology -0.36%
Consumer Discretionary -0.56%
Communication Services -0.56%
Consumer Staples -0.75%
Health Care -0.80%
Financials -0.84%
Real Estate -0.93%
Utilities -1.32%
Materials -1.42%
Industrials -1.42%
Energy -1.76%


S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 gives back early gains to finish near session lows (Source: TradingView)


  • S&P 500 failed to sustain an early bounce of 0.7% and finished near worst levels, down for a fifth straight session

  • US 2-year yield up 5 bps overnight to 4.99%, close to crossing the key 5.0% level for the first time since Nov-23

  • Only 6% of the S&P 500 is overbought from recent peak of 60%, while 46% of S&P 500 is oversold, according to Bespoke

  • Market continues to focus on the hawkish repricing of Fed rate cut expectations (first of two cuts this year not seen until September), persistent 'higher for longer' Fedspeak, Nvidia falls into correction territory (down 13% from all-time highs) and VIX spiking to near six month highs

  • Nvidia and chip stocks drop into technical correction (Bloomberg)

  • Rates traders making contrarian bets Fed will cut more aggressively than markets are pricing in (Bloomberg)

  • Yuan's share of global transactions rises further as euro and sterling slip (Bloomberg)


  • ASX 200 set to open lower and give back all of Thursday's gains

  • Companies due to report quarterly earnings today include Pilbara Minerals, Iluka Resources, Whitehaven Coal, Perseus Mining, Lynas and more

  • Copper stocks set for a strong lead in after prices hit US$4.4/lb for the first time since Jun-22 – A few key names to watch include Sandfire (largest pure-play), BHP (~22% of EBITDA from copper), Aeris Resources (heavy debt position but highly leveraged), Evolution Mining (~30% of earnings from copper)

  • DroneShield upsizes capital raise to $100m (AFR)

  • EML Payments holder Alta Fox sells 8.14% stake (AFR)

  • Pilbara Minerals reports March quarter results (PLS)

  • Rio Tinto said to be interest in First Quantum’s Zambia copper assets (Bloomberg)

  • Whitehaven’s Blackwater selldown may be upsized, JFE keen (AFR)

  • Yancoal reports first quarter coal product of 14.0Mt up 25% year-on-year at an average realised coal price of A$180 a tonne (YAL)


A few broker notes of interest – Most of these were published after market on Thursday.

  • Australian Unity Office upgraded to Buy from Hold; target increased to $1.45 from $1.13 (Ord Minnett) 

  • Australian Vanadium initiated Buy with $0.08 target (Shaw and Partners) 

  • Bellevue Gold downgraded to Neutral from Outperform but target increased to $2 from $1.90 (Macquarie) 

  • Chorus upgraded to Neutral from Sell with NZ$7.25 target (UBS)

  • IDP Education retained Overweight with $26 target (Barrenjoey)


  • Micron to receive more than $6bn in Commerce Department grants for domestic factory projects (Bloomberg)

  • TSMC guides stronger-than-expected forecast revenue growth, AI boom fuels demand for advanced chips (Bloomberg)

  • UBS, Morgan Stanley and HSBC announce more layoffs across investment banking (Bloomberg)

  • L'Oreal first quarter sales up 9.4%, smashing consensus and shrugging off weak consumer concerns (Reuters)

  • Meta releases Llama 3 AI model, will integrate into software and hardware (FT)


  • Fed Beige Book shows slight increase in economic activity, on pace with prior month (Bloomberg)

  • Cleveland Fed President Mester reiterates no rush to cut rates and wants more data on inflation (Bloomberg)

  • BoE Governor Bailey said UK and EU have less inflation risk than the US (Bloomberg)

  • ECB President Lagarde says European economy showing signs of recovery (Bloomberg)

  • ECB's Centeno says policy would remain restrictive even after 50 bps of cuts (Reuters)

  • BoJ seen by most economists lifting rates again in October (Bloomberg)


  • Biden calls China "xenophobic", tensions rise on his call for higher tariffs (Bloomberg)

  • Netanyahu pushes back against Western calls for restraint, says Israel will do "everything necessary" to defend itself (Reuters)


  • Australian employment shrinks but data still indicative of tight labor market (Bloomberg)

  • IMF says Middle East economies will grow slower pace this year due to Gaza war and Red Sea tensions (Reuters)

Industry ETFs

Thu 30 May 24, 8:21am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Silver 29.17 -0.24%
Uranium 32.17 -0.95%
Strategic Metals 52.49 -1.15%
Lithium & Battery Tech 43.36 -1.52%
Steel 70.3131 -2.06%
Gold Miners 35.19 -2.52%
Copper Miners 48.73 -2.68%
Agriculture 25.46 +0.99%
Construction 69.04 -1.09%
Aerospace & Defense 132.64 -1.22%
Global Jets 19.47 -2.31%
Biotechnology 132.51 -1.17%
Name Value % Chg
Bitcoin 27.23 -1.73%
Solar 47.6 -0.04%
CleanTech 9.88 -1.30%
Hydrogen 6.5 -4.97%
Cloud Computing 19.73 -0.35%
E-commerce 23.51 -0.72%
Cybersecurity 28.75 -0.83%
Video Games/eSports 64.4 -1.18%
FinTech 25.11 -1.37%
Robotics & AI 31.05 -1.58%
Electric Vehicles 24.53 -1.80%
Semiconductor 237.58 -2.07%
Sports Betting/Gaming 16.36 -2.31%

Key Events

Companies trading ex-dividend: 

  • Fri 19 April: WAM Research (WAX) – $0.05 

  • Mon 22 April: MFF Capital (MFF) – $0.06

  • Tue 23 April: None

  • Wed 24 April None

  • Thu 25 April: None

Other ASX corporate actions today: 

  • Dividends paid: ARB Corp (ARB) – $0.34, PRL Global (PRG) – $0.025, Lindsay Australia (LAU) – $0.02, Copper Strike (CSE) – $0.06, Solvar (SVR) – $0.05, Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT (CQE) – $0.04 

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 9:30 am: Japan Inflation (Mar)

  • 4:00 pm: UK Retail Sales (Mar) 

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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