Market Wraps

Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to open higher, S&P 500 and Nasdaq fall for a fourth straight day

Thu 18 Apr 24, 8:40am (AEST)

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

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched their fourth consecutive day of losses, led by tech and real estate stocks. Gold, oil and bond yields all finished lower after recent gains, Santos and Woodside are due to report their first-quarter results and Resmed shares tumble overnight after Eli Lilly's weight loss drug was found to reduce sleep apnea.

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

Tue 23 Apr 24, 12:07pm (AEST)

Utilities +2.08%
Consumer Staples +0.46%
Materials +0.21%
Financials +0.20%
Communication Services -0.12%
Health Care -0.18%
Energy -0.34%
Industrials -0.57%
Consumer Discretionary -0.57%
Real Estate -0.80%
Information Technology -1.71%


S&P 500 intraday
S&P 500 sold off intraday to finish near session lows (Source: TradingView)


  • S&P 500 finished lower, ending near worst levels despite a positive open

  • S&P 500 now down 3.4% in the last four sessions and marks the first four-session decline since the start of 2024

  • Bond yields lower across the curve after a sharp two-day run-up

  • Oil prices fell ~3% as a rise in US commercial inventories, weaker economic data from China and hawkish Fedspeak outweighed Middle East supply risks

  • Risk-off narrative continues to focus on the hawkish repricing of Fed rate-cut expectations, geopolitical fears of a wider Middle East war, unwinding of stretched positioning and sentiment indicators

  • Higher-for-longer rate regime sticking around threatens painful wake-up call for financial markets (Reuters)

  • South Korea policymakers increase warnings over rapidly weakening won (Bloomberg)

  • Investors are increasingly confident in 'no landing' scenario for US (YahooFinance)


  • ASX 200 set to open higher on Thursday after a five-day losing streak

  • Companies due to report Q3 results today include Woodside, Santos and Bellevue Gold

  • Dexus to exercise preemptive rights to acquire additional $1bn stake in Powerco (The Aus)

  • Droneshield preparing $75m placement at 80 cents per share (AFR)

  • Telix Pharma reports Q1 revenue up $175m, up 18% vs. quarter ago (TLX

  • Woodside major shareholder LGIM piles more climate pressure on Woodside (AFR)


  • ASML new orders missed expectations on waning demand for advanced machines (Bloomberg)

  • LVMH sales growth slips on luxury spending slowdown and soft China demand (Reuters)

  • United Airlines shares jump as travel demand drives bumper summer (Reuters)

  • Google announces more layoffs, moves certain roles outside of US (BI)


  • Fed Chair Powell signals delay to rate cuts following high inflation readings (FT)

  • ECB's Villeroy signals central bank to cut rates throughout 2024 and 2025 (Bloomberg)

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


  • Iranian President Raisi threatened that the "tiniest invasion" would be met with a massive response (AP)

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

  • US likely to hit Iran with fresh sanctions in coming days over Israel attack (Axios, FT)

  • President Biden to call for tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum to more than triple from current 7.5% level to 25% (Bloomberg)


  • UK inflation eases less than expected, pushing back BoE rate cut bets (Reuters)

  • Eurozone inflation slows in March, reinforcing expectations for ECB June rate (Reuters)

  • Japan's exports rise on China and US demand but imports drag amid fragile domestic demand (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%

ResMed pains

US-listed Resmed CDIs tumbled 5.97% overnight after Eli Lilly announced the trial results for its weight loss drug Tirzepatide. According to the company website:

  • "Tirzepatide achieved a mean apnea-hypopnea index reduction of up to 63% (about 30 fewer events per hour), meeting all primary and key secondary endpoints in two phase 3 clinical trials."

  • "Tirzepatide meaningfully improved sleep apnea symptoms in those with moderate-to-severe OSA and obesity with and without PAP therapy, and based on these results Lilly plans to submit these data for global regulatory reviews."

Analysts covering obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) devices were relatively mixed, with some viewing the data as a game changer for OSA therapy while others argued that OSA device stocks are due to rally on relief that the data was not earth-shattering or any worse than feared.

Interestingly, UBS recommended buying Inspire Medical Systems (a US-listed OSA device company) on any weakness, given the lack of impact to fundamentals. The stock finished the overnight session up 9.9%.

Resmed shares tumbled 5.97% overnight to US$173.83. The US-listed CDIs trade on a 10:1 basis and after converting to local currency, implies a fair value open of $27.00.

Key Events

Companies trading ex-dividend: 

  • Thu 18 April: The Reject Shop (TRS) – $0.10, WAM Capital (WAM) – $0.077, Horizon Oil (HZN) – $0.015, Spheria Emerging Companies (SEC) – $0.03, Plato Income Maximiser (PL8) – $0.006

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

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

  • Tue 23 April: None

  • Wed 24 April None

Other ASX corporate actions today: 

  • Dividends paid: Rio Tinto (RIO) – $3.92, Nine Entertainment (NEC) – $0.04, Brisbane Broncos (BBL) – $0.015, Regal Partners (RPL) – $0.05, Pepper Money (PPM) – $).05, Lovisa (LOV) – $0.50 

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 11:30 am: Australia Unemployment Rate (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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