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Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to fall, S&P 500 ticks higher, Energy and Coal stocks in focus

Tue 02 Jul 24, 8:41am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 24 points lower, down -0.31% as of 8:30 am AEST.

Major US benchmarks continued to tick higher on big tech strength, coal stocks rallied after a major mine outage and rail incident, US manufacturing data falls more than expected and a few interesting insights about what to expect in the second half of the year.

We've also introduced a new little section, so the second half will feature: 'ASX Today' (announcements) and 'What to Watch Today' (sectors, catalysts and analysis).

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Tue 02 Jul 24, 8:24am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
S&P 500 5,475 +0.27%
Dow Jones 39,170 +0.13%
NASDAQ Comp 17,879 +0.83%
Russell 2000 2,030 -0.86%
Country Indices
Canada 21,876 -0.30%
China 2,995 +0.92%
Germany 18,291 +0.30%
Hong Kong 17,719 +0.01%
India 79,476 +0.56%
Japan 39,631 +0.12%
United Kingdom 8,167 +0.03%
Name Value % Chg
Commodities (USD)
Gold 2,338.8999 -0.03%
Iron Ore 108.0 +1.10%
Copper 4.418 +0.63%
WTI Oil 83.38 +2.26%
AUD/USD 0.6658 -0.27%
Bitcoin (AUD) 94,699 +1.82%
Ethereum (AUD) 5,190 +1.25%
US 10 Yr T-bond 4.479 +3.13%
VIX 12.22 -1.77%

US Sectors

Tue 02 Jul 24, 8:24am (AEST)

Information Technology +1.30%
Consumer Discretionary +0.73%
Financials +0.22%
Communication Services +0.10%
Energy +0.02%
Health Care -0.56%
Consumer Staples -0.67%
Utilities -0.69%
Real Estate -0.99%
Industrials -1.10%
Materials -1.55%


S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 ticks higher in choppy trade (Source: TradingView)


  • Major US benchmarks were mostly higher, with big tech (Apple +2.9%, Amazon +2.1% and Amazon +2.0%) driving a bulk of the index performance

  • Equal Weight S&P 500 underperformed the official index by more than 100 bps, while cyclicals and defensives were under pressure amid weaker-than-expected US manufacturing data

  • Analysts looking for ~9% year-on-year S&P 500 earnings growth in Q2, which would mark the highest since early 2022. Communication Services and Tech expected to be among the standouts for earnings growth, at 18.5% and 16%, respectively

  • Goldman Sachs says the six largest stocks (Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft and Nvidia) are expected to grow EPS by 30% year-on-year while the other 494 grow just 5%

  • BofA says this is the 26th time the S&P 500 has rallied between 10-20% in the first six months of the year – When this happens, the index is up 88% of the time in the second half with an average return of 8.58%

  • Concentration worries grow as top ten largest companies now account for more than a third of S&P 500 (CNBC)

  • Investment grade bond markets busy as companies get ahead of elections (Bloomberg)

  • Strategists debate what a Trump presidency would mean for Treasuries (Bloomberg)

  • Politics seen weighing on European equities despite positive earnings outlook (Reuters)


  • Apple increases chip order, suggesting increased demand for iPhone 16 (Apple Insider)

  • BlackRock buys Preqin in a US$3.2bn deal to bolster data capabilities as it expands into private-market investments (WSJ)

  • Chewy erases gains after Roaring Kitty announces stake (Bloomberg)

  • Target losing market share with shoppers as inflation and competition bite (FT)


  • Global easing cycle expected to be less synchronised (Bloomberg)

  • China bond yields hit record low as PBOC signals it may sell bonds (Bloomberg)


  • Democrats in damage control mode over Biden (Reuters)

  • Le Pen dominates election results but markets cheer lack of absolute majority (FT)

  • UK polls signal centre-left Labour party landslide ahead of election week (Reuters)


  • US manufacturing PMI printed at 48.5 in June, the lowest since February and below 49.1 consensus, inflation pressures ebbing (Reuters)

  • China manufacturing PMI steady as expected but services disappoints (Reuters)

  • Eurozone manufacturing PMIs decline deepens in June as demand softens (Reuters)

  • German inflation eases more than expected in June (Reuters)

  • UK manufacturing PMIs highlight slowing growth amid exports weakness (Reuters)

Industry ETFs

Tue 02 Jul 24, 8:24am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Strategic Metals 42.97 +1.06%
Silver 26.85 +1.05%
Copper Miners 45.47 +0.80%
Uranium 29.14 +0.66%
Lithium & Battery Tech 38.98 +0.44%
Steel 66.6914 +0.11%
Gold Miners 33.89 -0.12%
Aerospace & Defense 131.58 -0.36%
Agriculture 23.62 -0.76%
Global Jets 19.4 -1.32%
Construction 66.36 -2.14%
Biotechnology 136.97 -0.21%
Name Value % Chg
Bitcoin 22.15 +5.44%
CleanTech 7.95 -0.25%
Hydrogen 25.85 -1.11%
Solar 39.24 -2.41%
Cloud Computing 19.73 +0.36%
Electric Vehicles 23.51 +0.09%
Semiconductor 246.62 0.00%
FinTech 25.14 -0.08%
Cybersecurity 29.53 -0.17%
Robotics & AI 30.72 -0.42%
Sports Betting/Gaming 16.95 -0.59%
Video Games/eSports 66.1 -1.21%
E-commerce 23.45 -1.22%


  • ASX 200 set to open lower amid a relatively weak overnight session for value and cyclical pockets of the market

  • There are currently 4 IPOs scheduled to list this month – Here are the companies plus why they're interesting (Market Index)

  • Ansell completes acquisition of KC PPE Business (ANN)

  • Deep Yellow advances Tumas Project Financing, expects production to start in the third quarter of 2026 (DYL)

  • Ramelius Resources increases stake in Spartan to 17.94% from prior 8.92% (SPR)


  • Coal: Most coal names (CRN, NHC, SMR, TER, WHC, YAL etc) rallied 4-9% on Monday after a rail line in Queensland was suspended after a collision. Morgan Stanley estimates that this could reduce the state's weekly shipments by around 24%, equivalent to approximately 12% of global seaborne exports. "We expect this to tighten the market balance, following the recent pull back, although the extent of volume impact is uncertain," the report said. Watch out for further follow-through strength

  • Energy: Brent crude rallied 2.0% overnight to US$86.6, the highest since 30 April. The overnight rally did not draw a strong response for US energy stocks (sector up just 0.02%). Worth keeping an eye out for names like Karoon (Macquarie expects KAR to harvest its market cap in free cash flow over the next four years)

  • Resources uptick: Several overnight resource-related ETFs ticked higher overnight, including nickel, rare earths (Chinese lithium futures up 1.8% on Monday), uranium (bouncing from 2% dip yesterday)


  • Botanix Pharmaceuticals upgraded to Buy from Speculative Buy; target up to $0.47 from $0.33 (Euroz Hartleys – Also the lead manager for recent $70m cap raise)

  • DGL Group downgraded to Hold from Buy; target cut to $0.65 from $0.75 (Bell Potter)

  • Hub24 initiated Buy with $53.20 target (Bell Potter)

  • Lendlease upgraded to Buy from Neutral; target remains $6.30 (Citi)

Key Events

Companies trading ex-dividend: 

  • Tue 2 July: Ricegrowers (SGLLV) – $0.45, Ram Essential Services Property Fund (REP) – $0.014

  • Wed 3 July: Graincorp (GNC) – $0.24

  • Thu 4 July: Clime Capital (CAM) – $0.014

  • Fri 5 July: None

Other ASX corporate actions today: 

  • Dividends paid: Aristocrat Leisure (ALL) – $0.36, Macquarie Group (MQG) – $3.85, ALS (ALQ) – $0.196

  • Listing: None

  • Earnings: Cleanspace (CSX)

  • AGMs: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 11:30 am: RBA Meeting Minutes 

  • 7:00 pm: Eurozone Inflation (Jun)

  • 11:30 pm: Fed Chair Powell Speech

  • 12:00 am: US JOLTs Job Openings

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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