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Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to fall, S&P 500 gives back early strength + US inflation recap

Fri 11 Aug 23, 8:34am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 20 points lower, down -0.27% as of 8:20 am AEST.

Major US benchmarks fell from session highs despite the slightly cooler-than-expected US inflation report, headline inflation rose to 3.2% in July from 3.0% in June – which breaks a 12-month streak of lower year-on-year inflation readings, Goldman believes the report reduces the likelihood of a September hike and Charts of the Week.

Let's dive in.


S&P 500 SESSION CHART

S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 fades from session highs to close at worst levels (Source: TradingView)

MARKETS

  • S&P 500 +0.03%, Nasdaq +0.12%, Dow +0.15%, Russell 2000 -0.42%

  • S&P 500 finished higher but well off session highs of 1.34%

  • In-line July CPI prints continue to support the disinflation and peak Fed narratives, optimism has been offset by concerns about Treasury supply, upward pressure on energy prices, stretched long positioning, capitulation of shorts, seasonality headwinds and dampened AI optimism

  • JP Morgan strategists expresses optimism for stocks after CPI (Bloomberg)

  • San Francisco Fed Daly said the CPI report does not signal victory over inflation and it would be premature to say that the Fed has done enough on rates (Reuters)

  • JPMorgan says China’s deflation concerns could be good news for global disinflation, estimating a -70 bp spillover to global (ex-China) core goods inflation (NYTimes)

  • US 10-year auction sees decent demand despite yield under 4.0% (Bloomberg)

  • US 20-year auction has higher yields than 30-year counterparts (Bloomberg)

  • Global Funds, Japan banks have big opposing bets on JGB futures (Bloomberg)

STOCKS

  • Woodside and Chevron in talks with workers to avert Australian strike that threatens 10% of global supplies (Bloomberg)

  • Virgin Galactic successfully launches its second commercial spaceflight with three customers on board (CNBC)

  • Ford hope to grow per vehicle revenue by $4,000 to $5,000 by 2026 through more and better software (Reuters)

EARNINGS

  • Disney posts mixed results on streaming woes, restructuring costs (CNBC)

  • Alibaba reports solid earnings beat, revenue rises most since Sept 2021 (CNBC)

ECONOMY

  • US headline and core inflation rose 0.2% MoM in-line with expectations

  • India central bank holds rates steady but eyes food price spike, while signalling tighter policy (Reuters)

  • Bulging warehouses mean lean times for longer for US, European companies (Reuters)

  • Japan wholesale inflation falls for seventh straight month (Reuters)

  • Rice soars to highest since 2008 on rising threats to supply (Bloomberg)

  • Grain exports back in Russia's sights in Ukraine war (FT)


DEEPER DIVE

US Inflation Recap

US inflation rose to 3.2% in July from 3.0% in June, below expectations of 3.3%. This puts an end to a 12-month streak of lower year-on-year inflation readings, the longest streak on record since 1930, according to Bespoke Investment.

Core inflation eased to 4.7% from 4.8% in June, below expectations of 4.8% and the lowest annual core print since October 2021.

Overall, there weren't many surprises in the release and confirms disinflationary trends and still-strong shelter inflation.

  • Food index rose 0.2% month-on-month

  • Energy prices up 0.1% month-on-month after a sharp June increase due to higher gasoline prices

  • Shelter was the largest driver, up 0.4% month-on-month

  • Airline fares fell 8.1%, down for a fourth consecutive month

  • Used vehicles component down 1.3% after a 0.5% drop in June

Goldman's take: “Today’s report further reduces the possibility of a September hike and is consistent with our view that the FOMC will decide that a final hike is unnecessary at the November meeting. We continue to expect unchanged policy for the remainder of the year.”

Inflation Base Effects

Inflation is beginning to re-accelerate as beneficial base effects from last year begin to roll off (aka the denominator is no longer 'peak' inflation rates of 8-9%).

As Bespoke puts it "because of base effects, it would take a negative MoM print this morning for this streak of monthly declines in YoY CPI to continue. Likely going to see the YoY number float between 3-4% for the next 4-5 months."

The below shows where inflation is headed given month-on-month increases between 0.1% to 0.6%.

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Source: Bespoke Investment Group

What we don't want to see is a re-acceleration like the late 70s.

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Source: Bloomberg

Charts of the Week

This segment of the morning wrap brings you weekly technical commentary on the ASX 200 and some of the more interesting charts in the market. These are not meant as recommendations. They are for illustrative purposes only. Any discussion of past performance is for educational purposes only. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future return. Always do your own research.

ASX 200 - Home on the range

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ASX 200 daily chart (Source: Commsec)

You will forgive my doodling on the chart above but it is intended to show just how many levels and layers of support and resistance there are in play right now – and just how sideways the action on the XJO has been for so long. Coming up on nine months, the index really hasn’t traveled very far and is almost in exactly the same position it was at the start of December last year. At least there are plenty of stocks on the move.

James Hardie (JHX) - We have lift-off

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James Hardie daily chart (Source: Commsec)

I covered this on on Friday, 21 July, noting the neckline that sat above $41 and commented that “if this level can be cleared, a pathway into $50 could be opened up”. Since that update, neckline was cleared and then the price action came back to retest and confirm the breakout level as support. Since that retest, we’ve seen a sharp move higher, up to $47 at yesterday’s close with the move coming on a big volume spike. Well done to anyone who stayed with it.

Worley (WOR) - Building power

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Worley daily chart (Source: Commsec)

Worley has been a favourite of fundies of late, particular those keen on energy transition. Being a mining services contractor, Worley sells the ‘picks and shovels’ to the mining industry and has increasingly winning business as existing miners go green and new greener mines and operations come online – so it’s win-win for Worley. That interest has been reflected in the share price in recent months, as can be seen on the chart above. We see uptrend support, solid volumes, and a recent break above and retest of the $17 level – which should act now as a base of support.

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: Jcurve Solutions (JCS) – $0.002, Janus Henderson (JHG) – $0.59, SSR Mining (SSR) – $0.08, BKI Investment Company (BKI) – $0.04, Australian Foundation Investment Company (AFI) – $0.14

  • Dividends paid: Newmark Property REIT (NPR) – $0.02 

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 4:00 pm: UK GDP

  • 10:30 pm: US Producer Price Index

  • 12:00 am: US Consumer 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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