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Morning Wrap: ASX 200 to rise, copper prices climb + Tesla rallies 10% on Morgan Stanley upgrade

Tue 12 Sep 23, 8:33am (AEDT)

ASX 200 futures are trading 7 points higher, up 0.09% as of 8:20 am AEST.

Major US benchmarks continue to recover from a shaky September, copper prices rally almost 3% amid a strong Chinese currency recovery and weaker US dollar, Tesla shares rally 10% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to Overweight with a potential 60% upside, Cannabis shares surge as optimism continues to grow for US legalisation and Apple is set to reveal its iPhone 15 tomorrow.

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Tue 12 Sep 23, 8:33am (AEDT)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,487 +0.67%
Dow Jones 34,664 +0.25%
NASDAQ Comp 13,918 +1.14%
Russell 2000 1,855 +0.19%
Country Indices
Canada 20,183 +0.54%
China 3,143 +0.84%
Germany 15,801 +0.39%
Hong Kong 18,096 -0.58%
India 67,127 +0.79%
Japan 32,468 -0.43%
United Kingdom 7,497 +0.25%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,945.30 +0.13%
Iron Ore 118.23 -
Copper 3.802 +2.30%
WTI Oil 87.31 -0.23%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6431 0.00%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 39,082 -2.90%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,401 -4.87%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 4.288 +0.70%
VIX 14 -0.29%

US Sectors

Tue 12 Sep 23, 8:33am (AEDT)

Sector Chg %
Consumer Discretionary +2.77%
Communication Services +1.17%
Consumer Staples +0.83%
Health Care +0.68%
Information Technology +0.45%
Materials +0.42%
Financials +0.37%
Utilities +0.34%
Real Estate +0.02%
Industrials -0.01%
Energy -1.32%

S&P 500 SESSION CHART

SPX Intraday
S&P 500 recovers off session lows to finish at best levels (Source: TradingView) 

MARKETS

  • S&P 500 recovers from session lows of 0.23% to finish near best levels

  • US Dollar Index falls 0.5% but still near 6-month highs

  • Commodities higher, notably copper (+2.4%)

  • Discretionary was a major gainer after Tesla rallied 10.1% to $273 off the back of a Morgan Stanley upgrade and target price of $400   

  • Major market themes to watch: Peak Fed in September, Q3 earnings estimates on the rise after three straight quarters of declines, labor market loosening via slower hiring trends and declining job openings, China’a Xi opposed to aggressive stimulus

  • Big week ahead with US inflation, PPI and retail sales, Apple’s iPhone 15 event, ECB meeting and China activity data

  • BofA says cash attracted US$68.4bn in the week-ended 6 September, the most in nine weeks while tech saw an outsized US$1.7bn first outflow in 11 weeks

  • BofA says firms have dialled back on long exposure from the very elevated levels seen going into August

  • Goldman Sachs says notional short flow across US equities was largest in nearly six months 

  • Jamie Dimon says its a 'huge mistake' to think the economy will boom (CNBC)

  • Instacart cut-price IPO to test Wall Street appetite for new tech listings (FT)

  • Strong demand pushes Arm to close IPO order book early (FT)

STOCKS

  • J.M. Smucker to buy Twinkies maker Hostess Brands in $5.6bn deal (Reuters)

  • Chevron asks regulator to intervene in Australia LNK strikes (Reuters)

  • Tesla upgraded to Overweight from Equal-weight at Morgan Stanley, price target hiked from $250 to $400, implying more than 60% upside from current levels – Key focus points include the development of Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer (Yahoo)

  • Qualcomm extends deal to supply Apple on 5G chips (FT)

  • FDA approved a new round of Pfizer and Moderna covid shots to be rolled out with flu vaccines (NYT)

CENTRAL BANKS

  • BOJ's Ueda signals chance of ending negative rates (Reuters)

  • ECB grapples with knife-edge decision on interest rates (FT)

  • BoE braced for bump in the road in fight against UK inflation (FT)

CHINA

  • China shows signs of stability as credit, inflation improve (Bloomberg)

ECONOMY

  • Survey shows majority of investors expect US consumer spending to shrink in early 2024 (Bloomberg)

  • EU downgrades growth forecast and raises inflation expectations, Germany in recession (Bloomberg)

  • Germany's economy in reverse again after repeated bouts of bad factory data (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Tue 12 Sep 23, 8:33am (AEDT)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Copper Miners 37.71 +2.84%
Uranium 24.91 +1.67%
Strategic Metals 71.57 +1.62%
Lithium & Battery Tech 58.06 +1.56%
Gold Miners 28.77 +1.52%
Silver 21.16 +0.71%
Steel 66.0939 +0.61%
Industrials
Agriculture 22.01 +0.73%
Global Jets 18.42 +0.55%
Construction 54.66 +0.37%
Aerospace & Defense 110.51 -1.44%
Healthcare
Cannabis 9.15 +16.26%
Biotechnology 127.68 +0.65%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 12.82 -3.83%
Renewables
Hydrogen 8.32 +1.22%
CleanTech 11.74 +0.51%
Solar 55.73 +0.29%
Technology
Cybersecurity 25.61 +2.24%
Electric Vehicles 24.48 +1.39%
Video Games/eSports 53.64 +0.92%
Cloud Computing 20.34 +0.84%
E-commerce 18.82 +0.53%
Robotics & AI 25.96 +0.35%
FinTech 21.45 +0.23%
Sports Betting/Gaming 17.31 +0.03%
Semiconductor 493.65 -0.06%

Sectors to Watch

Note: Hi, Kerry here. Just a heads up that they'll be no Evening Wrap tonight as the team will be at Livewire Live.

The market's beginning to stabilise after an unsurprisingly weak start to September.

  • Cannabis: The Global X Cannabis ETF rallied 16% to a 6-month high following a recommendation from the US Department of Health and Human Services to the Drug Enforcement Administration in an August 29 letter. The sector is a shell of its former self but maybe we'll see some positive flow for local names.

  • Copper: Copper prices rallied 2.4% overnight to US$3.8. Likewise, the Global X Copper ETF rose 2.8% (off session highs of 3.9%). Let's see if this'll give names like Sandfire Resources, 29Metals and Aeries Resources a kick.

  • Energy: The Energy trade is starting to get a little short-term overextended, evidenced by some recent weakness across names in sub-sectors like coal, uranium and oil. Overnight, the SPDR Energy Sector fell 1.3% (from session highs of +1.0%).

Apple's iPhone 15: A Market-Moving Catalyst?

Apple's set to reveal its iPhone 15 on Wednesday. The company's weighting in the S&P 500 is around 7-8% and nearly 11% in the Nasdaq (as well as an almost 50% weighting in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway).

Apple has had a pretty choppy week after reports of China banning the iPhone, down as much as 6.5% in two days. Two interest views about the Apple-China situation:

  • Morgan Stanley: “Apple's 2-day -6% stock move suggests the market thinks recent China headlines will evolve into something broader. We believe that's unlikely ... Reiterate Overweight, $215 target.”

  • Approximately 95% of Apple products are still manufactured in China. What happens if production comes under fire (like what we're seeing with the consumer side.

AAPL
Apple daily chart (Source: TradingView)

The Next Big Name in Lithium: James Bay Minerals

James Bay Minerals (ASX: JBY) will make its debut at 11:00 am AEST on Tuesday.

Here's what you need to know about the next entrant in the globally renowned James Bay region of Quebec:

  • Successfully raised $6m at 20 cents per share

  • The James Bay region is host to a tight cluster of world-class lithium projects including those owned by Allkem, Patriot Battery Metals and Winsome Resources

  • Owns one of the largest lithium exploration tenures in the region

  • Flagship La Grande Project is located along strike from Patriot's Corvette and Winsome's Cancet

  • Greenfield explorer seeks to commence grassroots exploration at its relatively underexplored project tenures in September 2023 and commence a maiden drill program in the first half of 2024, subject to the exploration results

  • Low enterprise value: Indicative $12m market cap with $5m cash at listing

James-Bay-Minerals-la-grande-project-map-5
Source: James Bay Minerals
Market Index helps small-cap ASX listed companies connect with Australian investors through clear and concise content on key developments. James Bay Minerals was a client at the time of publishing.

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: Lovisa (LOV) – $0.31, TPG Telecom (TPG) – $0.09, Bluescope Steel (BSL) – $0.25, News Corp (NWS) – $0.10

    • See full list of ASX stocks and ETFs trading ex-dividend here

  • Listing: James Bay Minerals (JBY) – 11:00 am 

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 11:30 am: Australia Consumer Confidence

  • 12:30 pm: Australia Business Confidence

  • 5:00 pm: UK Unemployment

  • 8:00 pm: Germany Economic Sentiment Index

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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