Market Wraps

Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to rise, ANZ to buy back $2bn in shares, RBA in focus

Tue 07 May 24, 8:23am (AEST)

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

Apart from the latest RBA monetary policy decision, which will be handed down this afternoon, it's actually quite a busy day on the corporate front. The next big bank (ANZ) has already handed down its half-yearly numbers, declaring an 83 cent per share dividend and initiating a $2 billion buyback. You can find more of these numbers later in the Wrap.

Later today, Coronado Global Resources will hand down its quarterly result while G8 Education and Iluka Resources will hold AGMs. Finally, the first major bank to report - the NAB - trades ex-dividend.

And that's before we discuss the latest geopolitical developments. Israel began hitting targets in the city of Rafah, despite Hamas accepting a proposal to pause the fighting. Israel says the proposal for peace remains "far from its necessary requirements."

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Mon 13 May 24, 8:30am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Major Indices
S&P 500 5,223 +1.85%
Dow Jones 39,513 +2.16%
NASDAQ Comp 16,341 +1.14%
Russell 2000 2,060 +1.18%
Country Indices
Canada 22,309 +1.65%
China 3,155 +1.60%
Germany 18,773 +0.46%
Hong Kong 18,964 +2.64%
India 72,664 -1.64%
Japan 38,229 -0.12%
United Kingdom 8,434 +3.20%
Name Value % Chg
Commodities (USD)
Gold 2,375.0 +1.48%
Iron Ore 116.93 -0.03%
Copper 4.6625 +1.69%
WTI Oil 78.26 -1.26%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6602 -0.26%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 92,733 +0.54%
Ethereum (AUD) 4,434 +0.35%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 4.504 +0.09%
VIX 12.55 -6.97%

US Sectors

Mon 13 May 24, 8:30am (AEST)

SECTOR % CHG
Utilities +4.03%
Financials +3.07%
Materials +2.58%
Consumer Staples +2.30%
Industrials +2.30%
Real Estate +2.03%
SECTOR % CHG
Communication Services +2.02%
Health Care +1.94%
Information Technology +1.41%
Energy +1.36%
Consumer Discretionary +0.16%

S&P 500 SESSION CHART

SPX Monday 6 May 2024
A more or less steady grind higher. (Source: TradingView)

OVERNIGHT MARKETS

  • Stocks close higher as renewed rate-cut hopes boost Wall Street

  • Dow climbs more than 170 points to post fourth straight winning day, propelled by rate cut hopes

  • European markets close higher as traders assess possible rate cuts, fresh PMI data

  • Treasury yields are little changed as traders get more clues on next Fed moves

  • Oil prices hold firm amid confusion over status of Gaza cease-fire proposal

  • Gold gains on soft dollar, rate cut hopes

  • The bar is creeping higher for second-quarter earnings

INTERNATIONAL STOCKS

  • Lucid posts bigger loss, but keeps production guidance intact

  • Hims & Hers shares rally as forecast bumped higher and more profitability said to be ahead

  • Reddit set to report its first results as a public company. Analysts are eyeing its upside

  • Tyson Foods’ stock turns lower after sales miss, as chicken remains weak

  • Boeing gets hit with fresh FAA investigation — this time over 787 Dreamliner

CENTRAL BANKS

  • RBA expected to keep rates on hold, seen keeping base rate steady amid inflationary pressures, solid job market, but two-way risks remain

  • Fed’s Barkin thinks the U.S. economy will slow further, cooling down inflation

  • ECB Chief Economist Lane confident inflation en-route to 2% target

  • BoE expected to keep rates unchanged this week, but investors look for clues on a cut in June or August

ECONOMY

  • Americans are sitting on a record amount of tappable home equity at $11 trillion

  • Stock-market bulls face test as consumers start to show signs of stress

  • Eurozone composite PMI at 11-month high boosted by services sector

  • Eurozone Sentix investor confidence improved for the six consecutive month in May

  • China's services sector expansion slightly slowed with rising costs, but new orders and business sentiment improved

ASX TODAY

  • Here are the ANZ numbers:

    • H1 cash profit of $3.55 billion

    • Cash EPS of $1.18 per share

    • ROE of 10.1%, 42 basis points lower than H2 2023

    • Will commence a $2 billion on-market share buyback (while trying to find $200 million in savings)

    • Declares 83c per share dividend, 65% franked

  • Coronado Global Resources hands down its Q1 update.

  • G8 Education, Iluka Resources hold their respective AGMs.

Industry ETFs

Mon 13 May 24, 8:30am (AEST)

Name Value % Chg
Commodities
Copper Miners 47.98 +0.15%
Gold Miners 35.25 -0.31%
Silver 25.77 -0.35%
Steel 71.1922 -0.57%
Strategic Metals 54.57 -1.21%
Uranium 31.22 -1.89%
Lithium & Battery Tech 44.94 -3.27%
Industrials
Agriculture 24.67 +1.11%
Construction 72.88 +0.59%
Global Jets 20.63 -0.05%
Aerospace & Defense 135.1 -0.19%
Healthcare
Cannabis 5.15 +0.78%
Biotechnology 133.4 -0.01%
Name Value % Chg
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 24.64 -2.84%
Renewables
Hydrogen 5.49 -1.96%
CleanTech 8.82 -2.33%
Solar 42.06 -2.64%
Technology
Semiconductor 220.24 +0.98%
Video Games/eSports 63.27 +0.32%
Cybersecurity 28.77 +0.28%
Robotics & AI 31.27 -0.22%
Cloud Computing 19.85 -0.35%
FinTech 25.66 -0.77%
Sports Betting/Gaming 17.391 -0.78%
E-commerce 24.24 -0.86%
Electric Vehicles 24.02 -1.11%

 

Key Events

Companies trading ex-dividend: 

  • Wednesday 8 May: Resmed (RMD) - $0.052, NAB (NAB) - $0.84

  • Thursday 9 May: Future Generation Australia (FGX) $0.034, United Overseas Australia $0.02

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 2:30pm – AUD – Cash rate, RBA monetary policy statement, RBA rate statement

  • 3:30pm – AUD – RBA press conference

  • 3:45 – 7:00pm – EUR – A host of European data including German factory orders and trade balance, French payrolls and trade balance, British construction PMI and eurozone retail sales

This Morning Wrap was written by Hans Lee and Chris Conway.

Written By

Hans Lee

Senior Editor

Hans is one of the Senior Editors at Livewire Markets and Market Index. He created Signal or Noise and leads the team's coverage of the global economy and fixed income markets.

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