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Morning Wrap: ASX set to open slightly higher, S&P 500 suffers worst first half in 50 years

Fri 01 Jul 22, 8:23am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX 200 will open 12 points higher, up 0.2%. 

Wall Street continued to sell off amid rising recession fears, US inflation is beginning to ease, oil prices fell sharply as the demand outlook weakens and Oceania Lithium is set to make its ASX debut at 12:00 pm AEST.  

Let’s dive in. 

Overnight summary

Fri 01 Jul 22, 8:23am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 3,785 -0.88%
Dow Jones 30,775 -0.82%
NASDAQ Comp 11,029 -1.33%
Russell 2000 1,708 -0.66%
Country Indices
Canada 18,861 -1.14%
China 3,399 +1.10%
Germany 12,784 -1.69%
Hong Kong 21,860 -0.62%
India 53,019 -0.02%
Japan 26,393 -1.54%
United Kingdom 7,169 -1.96%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,807.30 0.00%
Iron Ore 121.88 -
Copper 3.715 0.00%
WTI Oil 106.06 +0.28%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6899 -0.02%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 27,228 -8.06%
Ethereum (AUD) 1,479 -9.10%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 2.972 -3.91%
VIX 29 +1.95%

Markets

Things were quite ugly on the final trading day of the quarter/half, exacerbated by investors and funds rebalancing their portfolios. 

  • The S&P 500 fell -21% in the first-half, worst since 1970

  • The Nasdaq 100 down -30% in the first-half, worst since 2002

Major US indices extended losses amid more disappointing economic data. The world’s largest economy is clearly weakening as consumer spending softens, but encouragingly, inflation is also beginning to show signs of topping. 

  • 3 out of 11 US sectors advanced

  • Defensives including Utilities, Industrials, Real Estate and Staples outperformed

  • Energy, Discretionary and Tech continue to sell off

  • 56% of US stocks declined

  • 76% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (75% on Thursday, 77% a week ago) 

Stocks

It was a terrible quarter for tech stocks (June quarter performance):

  • Tesla -37.5%, worst quarter on record

  • Amazon -35%, worst quarter since 2001

  • Alphabet -22%, worst since 2011

  • Microsoft -17%, worst quarter since 2010

Back to overnight headlines and movers:

  • Micron Technology (-1.3%) said smartphone unit sales expectations have declined meaningfully for 2022

  • Walgreen Boots Alliance (-7.3%) beat earnings expectations but warned that a slowdown in demand for covid vaccines weighed on profits

  • RH (-10.6%) slashed its full-year outlook. The high-end furniture chain said demand for its products could continue to soften heading into the second-half

Economy

  • China’s manufacturing PMI was 50.2 in June

    • Slightly below the 50.5 expected by a Reuters poll

    • The 50-point mark separates expansion from contraction

    • The index was below 50 for the last three months

    • Unsurprisingly given major lockdowns in Shanghai and Beijing are being lifted

  • China’s services PMI was 54.7 in June

    • Services PMI was also contracting for the last three months

  • Canada’s GDP rose 0.3% year-on-year  in April, in-line with expectations

    • The growth was led by mining, quarrying and the oil and gas extractor sector, according to Statistics Canada

    • Early estimates for May indicate the economy contracted -0.2%

  • US personal spending rose 0.2% month-on-month in May

    • The smallest monthly gain this year

    • In response to soft spending figures, economists at S&P Global Market Intelligence cut their estimates for GDP growth to -1.5% for Q2

  • US personal consumption expenditure rose 6.3% year-on-year in May

  • US Core PCE rose 4.7% year-on-year in May

    • Excludes volatile food and energy items

    • Lowest annual increase since 2021

    • The Fed views the PCE index as the best barometer of inflation trends

    • Signals that the economy is beginning to slow as spending wanes in the face of high inflation and rising interest rates 

Commodities

  • Iron ore prices edged lower amid depressed market sentiment, with a short-term oversupply of high-grade fines likely, sources told Fastmarkets

  • Oil prices rolled over as the outlook for gasoline usage disappointed. The once easy trade has disappeared as investors focus on demand weakness rather than supply tightness

  • Gold continues to struggle in the face of a strong US dollar and continued Fed tightening calls 

 

US Sectors

Friday, 01 July 2022

Sector Chg %
Communication Services -1.56%
Consumer Discretionary -1.54%
Consumer Staples -0.06%
Energy -2.04%
Financials -0.88%
Health Care -0.33%
Sector Chg %
Industrials +0.28%
Information Technology -1.33%
Materials -1.23%
Real Estate +0.03%
Utilities +1.10%

Industry ETFs

Friday, 01 July 2022

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 53.0051 -1.78%
Copper Miners 31.07 -2.22%
Gold 169.49 -0.61%
Lithium & Battery Tech 72.58 +0.06%
Nickel 31.48 -5.94%
Strategic Metals 86.96 -0.18%
Steel 50.74 -2.50%
Silver 19.14 -2.61%
Uranium 18.84 -1.49%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 97.4 +1.82%
Global Jets 16.68 -1.08%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 117.99 -0.31%
Cannabis 16.91 -5.38%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 12.48 -6.97%
Renewables
CleanTech 13.38 +1.87%
Hydrogen 12.03 +0.08%
Solar 69.32 +2.99%
Technology
Cloud Computing 16.94 -2.66%
Cybersecurity 25.44 -1.73%
E-commerce 17.17 -2.33%
Electric Vehicles 21.71 -1.11%
FinTech 21.78 -2.20%
Robotics & AI 20.6 -1.36%
Semiconductor 354.25 -1.31%
Sports Betting/Gaming 14.53 -0.83%
Video Games/eSports 48.36 -1.41%

ASX Sectors to watch

Happy FY23!

I'm almost considering writing nothing under 'ASX sectors to watch' as who knows where the first day of the financial year might take us.

SPI futures were pointing to a flat open on Thursday but the ASX 200 closed a sharp -1.97%, with a massive selloff taking place in the final hour of trade.

Today, SPI futures suggest a slightly positive open. But that's hardly encouraging given the weak lead from Wall Street and the wrath of disappointing economic data.

Most overnight ETFs were red and down between 1-3%, including Steel, Copper Miners, Fintech, Uranium and Jets.

#1 Energy

Energy has been the worst performing US sector in the last two sessions.

Oil has done a sharp U-turn from an easy trade where dips were supported by tight supply and the lack of spare production capacity, to a potentially deteriorating demand outlook.

UKOIL 2022-07-01 08-00-13
Brent crude oil (Source: TradingView)

"The OPEC+ decision to maintain the planned 648,000 bpd oil increase in August went as expected, but traders are focusing more on President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia," said Oanda senior market analyst, Ed Moya.

"Biden is going to try to get the Gulf alliance to pump more crude and if he is successful, oil could tentatively test below the US$100 level."

Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: NBI, MGF, 

  • Dividends paid: ALL, ANZ, CSR, PDL, VRT

  • Listing: OCN

  • Issued shares: 14D, 1AE, 4DS, AGS, B4P, BRN, CAN, CHM, CMM, COE, CPV, CU6, DME, EMV, EUR, GLA, HRZ, HSN, ICT, IVZ, LDX, LKE, LMG, MGF, NAB, NBI, NML, OCL, OZM, PBL, RF1, RRL, SEQ, SFC, SLC, SPA, STX, TOR, VMY, XTC

Other things of interest (AEST): 

  • China Caixin Manufacturing PMI (June) at 11:45 am

  • EU Inflation (June) at 7:00 pm

  • US Manufacturing PMI (June) at 12:00 am

 

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

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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