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Morning wrap: ASX to plunge after US market fails to rebound

Fri 21 Jan 22, 8:32am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 66 points lower, down -0.92%.

Much like yesterday, major US indices opened sharply higher before fading into close. The bearish reversal flags another challenging session for the local sharemarket.

Overnight summary

Fri 21 Jan 22, 8:32am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
US Indices
S&P 500
4482.73 -1.10%
Dow Jones
34,715 -0.89%
NASDAQ 100
14,154 -1.30%
Russell 2000
2,024 -1.88%
Country Indices
Canada
21,058 -0.69%
China
3,523 -0.91%
Germany
15,912 +0.65%
Hong Kong
24,966 +0.05%
India
59,037 -0.72%
Japan
27,522 -0.90%
United Kingdom
7,585 -0.06%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold
1,839.20 -0.18%
Iron Ore
129.49 -
Copper
4.523 -1.31%
WTI Oil
86.90 0.00%
Currency
AUD/USD
0.7216 -0.12%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin
57,187 -1.86%
Ethereum
4,262 -1.98%
Miscellaneous
U.S. 10 Year Treasury
1.833 +0.33%
VIX
26 +7.30%

Key points

  • The Dow Jones (large cap), S&P 500 (blue-chip) and Nasdaq (tech) rallied at open, reaching intraday highs between 1.3% and 2.1%

  • The indices faded for a second consecutive session, again closing around -1% lower

  • The bearish price action suggests investors are selling into strength instead relief buying or 'buying the dip'   

  • US unemployment data suggests the surge in omicron cases could be hurting the economy. Jobless claims for the week ended 15 January hit near 3-month highs of 286,000. The figure exceeded Dow Jones estimates of 225,00


US Sectors

Friday, 21 January 2022

Sector Chg %
Communication Services 0.00
Consumer Discretionary 0.00
Consumer Staples 0.00
Energy 0.00
Financials 0.00
Health Care 0.00
Sector Chg %
Industrials 0.00
Information Technology 0.00
Materials 0.00
Real Estate 0.00
Utilities 0.00

The bearish reversal on Wall Street could flag a weak session for most ASX sectors.

▼ Energy

Oil prices have posted a remarkable run since the beginning of December, up almost 30%. Although oil prices have broadly topped out around the US$87 a barrel level. 

“While the fundamentals haven’t changed, it does appear that we’re finally starting to see momentum wane after a more than 30% rally from the omicron lows. That’s coming around US$90 where oil has peaked at a seven-year high, seemingly triggering some profit-taking,” said OANDA market analyst, Craig Erlam. 

“While I don’t think it’s done there, we could see a minor correction to take some of the frothiness out of the market. That said, I can’t imagine it will be too large unless we see a shift, either in OPEC+ production or slowing demand from a major consumer like China as a result of its zero-Covid policy.”

Fading oil prices and broader market weakness could put local energy stocks at risk on Friday.

▼ Technology

Tech weakness was led by chip makers including AMD (-4.3%) and Nvidia (-3.2%).

Mega cap names like Alphabet, Meta Platforms and Apple all fell around -1%. Amazon was the outlier, staging a sharp -2.96% decline.

With the Nasdaq continuing to falter below its 200-day moving average, ASX technology stocks might struggle to swim against the bearish tide.

▼ Materials

Commodity prices held up relatively well overnight. Iron ore continued its march north, up 2.6% to US$133.65 a tonne.

China continues to buoy the outlook for steel demand after its central bank cut one-year Loan Prime Rates by 10 basis points and the five-year by 5 basis points.

FastMarkets reported that market participants expect these rate cuts to act as tailwinds for China's economic development, especially in the infrastructure sector.

Even then, the US-listed counterparts of BHP (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) struggled to close in positive territory, down -0.7% and -2.3% respectively.

▼ Consumer discretionary 

There was broad-based weakness across US retailers with household names like Walmart down -1.9%, Home Depot -2.9% lower and Lowe's sliding -4.8%.

 

Industry ETFs

Friday, 21 January 2022

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 64.0055 +2.44%
Copper Miners 40.79 -0.83%
Gold 172.08 -0.23%
Lithium & Battery Tech 80.41 -0.31%
Nickel 30.59 +2.32%
Strategic Metals 110.59 -0.58%
Steel 56.47 -2.59%
Silver 22.37 +1.12%
Uranium 22.56 -1.91%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 105.3 -1.04%
Global Jets 21.49 -0.51%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 131.83 -0.90%
Cannabis 5.26 -2.09%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 26.2 +2.67%
Renewables
CleanTech 15.35 +0.29%
Hydrogen 16.73 +0.72%
Solar 66.94 +0.07%
Technology
Cloud Computing 23.37 -0.39%
Cybersecurity 28.64 +0.03%
E-commerce 25.11 +0.64%
Electric Vehicles 29.61 -1.79%
FinTech 34.39 +0.20%
Robotics & AI 30.8 -0.81%
Semiconductor 496.2 -3.14%
Sports Betting/Gaming 22.14 -0.18%
Video Games/eSports 63.01 +0.63%

ASX Sectors to watch

#1 Aluminium 

Aluminium prices continue to soar towards October 2020 highs of around US$3,170/t.

2022-01-21 08 22 35-Aluminum 2022 Data 2023 Forecast 1989-2021 Historical Price Quote Ch

Source: TradingEconomics

Alcoa, the world’s sixth largest aluminium producer, topped fourth-quarter earnings expectations. The company’s revenue grew 36% to US$3.34bn. Alcoa expects earnings in the current quarter to be similar to the fourth quarter based on current pricing levels. 

#2 Nickel 

The Nickel Index is up almost 15.9% since 10 January as low inventories skyrocket spot prices to their highest levels since 2011

According to Reuters, nickel stockpiles in LME-registered warehouses are at their lowest levels since 2019. 

Local nickel stocks posted some outsized gains on Thursday, including: 

Bullish headlines and spot prices could continue to drive positive flow for the sector. 

#3 Uranium 

On Wednesday, the Uranium ETF closed below its 200-day moving average, with shorter moving averages like the 20 and 100 beginning to slope downwards, suggestive of a weakening trend. 

Ideally, the ETF needed to bounce off the 200-day to stay out of trouble. Overnight, the ETF briefly rallied 3.6% higher before closing sharply lower, below the 200 and close to a 5-month low.

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Global X Uranium ETF, TradingView

This could continue to weigh on local uranium stocks that have been trading sideways since September last year. 


Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: KAT

  • Dividends paid: CQE, VEU

  • IPOs: OXT

  • Issued shares: ABR, APT, ARR, BRN, FZO, GMD, GNM, HCH, HSN, INP, KAI, LIT, LOT, MFF, MRQ, NAB, NAC, NSC, OXT, PE1, PLG, PNC, PNN, PVS, RNT, SXY, VMY, WAM, WKT, WML, XTC, ZNC

 

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and was Vice President of the University Network for Investing and Trading (UNIT). He is an avid swing trader, and drawn to breakouts and technical set ups. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a huge UFC fan, loves poker and bouldering.

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