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Morning Wrap: ASX to rise, Wall Street rallies on upbeat retail sales, strong bank earnings

Mon 18 Jul 22, 8:31am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX 200 will open 57 points higher, up 0.87%. 

US stocks rallied on better-than-expected earnings from Citi and Wells Fargo, US retail sales and consumer confidence data beat economist expectations and Sarytogan Graphite makes its ASX debut at 12:00 pm AEST.   

Let’s dive in. 

Overnight summary

Mon 18 Jul 22, 8:31am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 3,863 +1.92%
Dow Jones 31,288 +2.15%
NASDAQ Comp 11,452 +1.79%
Russell 2000 1,744 +2.16%
Country Indices
Canada 18,394 +0.36%
China 3,228 -1.64%
Germany 12,865 +2.76%
Hong Kong 20,298 -2.19%
India 53,761 +0.65%
Japan 26,788 +0.54%
United Kingdom 7,159 +1.69%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,705.30 +0.10%
Iron Ore 104.30 -
Copper 3.26 +0.80%
WTI Oil 97.76 +0.17%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6793 +0.06%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 30,934 -1.42%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,002 +0.68%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 2.93 -1.01%
VIX 24 -8.22%

Markets

Wall Street had every reason to rally last Friday, with solid earnings from high profile companies, healthy consumer spending data and signs that inflation is slowing.

“The market is getting a little bit more convinced that the Fed is probably not going to be delivering a full point rate increase at the end of the month and that we’re getting close to seeing peak Fed tightening get priced into the market,” said Oanda senior market analyst, Ed Moya.

  • All 11 US sectors were green

  • Financials firmly in the lead after better-than-expected bank earnings

  • Healthcare and Communication Services outperformed

  • Defensives including Utilities and Staples underperformed

  • 74% of US stocks advanced

  • 74% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (76% last Friday, 73% a week ago)

Stocks

  • Citigroup (+13.2%) posted its biggest earnings per share gain in more than two decades, according to Refinitiv. The investment bank benefited from rising interest rates and strong trading activity

    • Segments including institutional clients, treasury and trade solutions, and fixed income trading revenue grew revenue by more than 20%

    • Similar to peers, investment banking revenue plummeted -46% as corporate activity such as M&As and IPOs declined

    • Share repurchases will be halted to boost capital levels

  • Wells Fargo (+6.2%) reported better-than-feared earnings, with second-quarter profit down -48% year-on-year

    • CEO Charlie Scharf said he expects “credit losses to increase from these incredibly low levels.”

    • “While our net income declined in the second quarter, our underlying results reflected our improving earnings capacity with expenses declining and rising interest rates driving strong net interest income growth,” said Scharf 

  • UnitedHealth Group (+5.4%) provided the biggest boost to the Dow Jones Index after upgrading its full-year profit outlook amid a recovery in non-urgent medical procedures and lower levels of covid care

    • The health insurer warned about the recent uptick in covid hospitalisations, but noted a lower average length of stay compared to previous periods

Earnings

US corporate earnings we’re watching this week:

  • Monday: Goldman Sachs, Bank of America

  • Tuesday: IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Hasbro

  • Wednesday: Netflix, Nasdaq

  • Thursday: Tesla, AT&T, American Airlines, Domino’s Pizza

  • Friday: Snapchat, Verizon, American Express, Twitter, Verizon 

Economy

  • US retail sales rose 1.0% month-on-month in June

    • Economists expected a gain of 0.8%

    • Retail sales are up 8.4% year-on-year and 18% higher than pre-covid levels

    • Growth was led by autos, service stations, restaurants and online sales

    • Sales for building materials, supplies stores and clothing retailers fell

  •  US industrial production fell -0.2% month-on-month in June, the first negative reading in 2022

    • Economists expected a gain of 0.1%

    • Weakness was concentrated in consumer goods such as motor vehicles and parts

  • US consumer confidence unexpectedly rose to 51.1 in July

    • Economists expected a reading of 49.9

    • The index was at 81.2 a year ago

  • China second quarter GDP growth was 0.4% year-on-year

    • Below economist expectations of 1.0% growth

    • On a quarter-on-quarter basis, GDP growth fell -2.6%

    • Slowest pace since the initial covid outbreak

Commodities

  • Iron ore is threatening to go sub US$100 amid heightened fears over waning steel demand and China’s real estate troubles

  • Oil is trying to reclaim the US$100 level, supported by better-than-expected US retail sales and consumer confidence data

  • Gold prices are softer as risk appetite returns amid a solid day for US corporate earnings

 

US Sectors

Monday, 18 July 2022

Sector Chg %
Communication Services +2.17%
Consumer Discretionary +1.71%
Consumer Staples +0.40%
Energy +1.90%
Financials +3.51%
Health Care +2.45%
Sector Chg %
Industrials +1.58%
Information Technology +1.76%
Materials +1.62%
Real Estate +1.70%
Utilities +0.20%

Industry ETFs

Monday, 18 July 2022

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 49.0712 +0.11%
Copper Miners 26.52 +1.47%
Gold 159.33 -0.20%
Lithium & Battery Tech 71.18 -0.10%
Nickel 26.1 +1.68%
Strategic Metals 80.25 +0.51%
Steel 46.66 +1.89%
Silver 17 +1.12%
Uranium 18.56 +1.29%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 96.1 +0.87%
Global Jets 16.82 +1.49%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 121.47 +1.47%
Cannabis 17 -1.88%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 12.75 +2.75%
Renewables
CleanTech 13.5165 -2.34%
Hydrogen 12.07 -1.66%
Solar 71.14 -2.01%
Technology
Cloud Computing 15.77 +2.54%
Cybersecurity 25.04 +2.00%
E-commerce 16.4 +1.22%
Electric Vehicles 21.47 +1.72%
FinTech 21.36 +2.95%
Robotics & AI 20.08 +2.19%
Semiconductor 360.74 +2.39%
Sports Betting/Gaming 13.77 +2.90%
Video Games/eSports 46.75 +0.90%

ASX Sectors to watch

It feels like the Fed is very close, if not already at, peak interest rate hawkishness, providing rate hike certainty and conform for equity markets.

US inflation expectations hit a 1-year low of 2.8% over a five-year horizon, according to the University of Michigan last Friday. Softening inflation expectations is the "one reason why we expect the FOMC will not accelerate the near-term hiking pace and will deliver a 75 bp hike at the July meeting," said Goldman Sachs.

Now, the question is whether or not corporate earnings have managed to hold up amid the threat of economic slowdown and rising cost inflation. We'll find out soon enough as more US companies report quarterly earnings, and ASX earnings season is also around the corner.

Anyway, onto some sectors to watch on Monday.

#1 Tech

The Nasdaq posted broad-based gains from meme stocks through to megacaps. This could send some positive flow for local ASX-listed tech names.

Several fintech companies headlined gains including:

  • PayPal +6.3%

  • Block +5.7%

  • Affirm +5.7%

Perhaps keep an eye out for local names like Block (ASX: SQ2) and beaten up BNPL names at open.

From a technical perspective, the S&P/ASX 200 Info Tech Index is in a rising wedge (though still in a massive downtrend).

What's encouraging is that the Index has managed to push above the 20-day moving average (red) - a level that it's struggled to hold above on several occasions.

Eyes on the break above current levels and the 50-day moving average.

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S&P/ASX 200 Info Tech Index (Source: TradingView, Annotations by Market Index)

#2 Materials

The commodity-related ETFs we track inched slightly higher, despite it being a rather risk-on session on Wall Street.

  • Global X Copper Miners ETF +1.47%

  • Global X Uranium ETF +1.3%

  • VanEck Rare Earth/Strategic Materials ETF +0.51%

Copper prices has yet to stage a meaningful bounce after an almost -30% correction from US$4.55 to US$3.23.

The Uranium ETF has hardly moved even after Japan's push to restart nuclear reactors, shut down after the Fukushima disaster a decade ago. Uranium spot prices remain subdued at US$46.3/lb, according to fuel brokers Numerco.

The Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF, which mostly consists of ASX-listed lithium miners and Chinese rare earth/cobalt miners, is trying to stabilise after a -36% selloff from April highs.

Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF
VanEck Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (Source: TradingView)

 

Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: BBC, TRA

  • Dividends paid: VLC 

  • Listing: SGA

  • Issued shares: AMD, AWJ, BXB, COD, CXL, FZO, GFN, HCT, HRL, INR, MAY, MGT, MKR, NAB, NBI, NUH, PAR, PGY, PH2, PHO, PPS, PUR, PWN, QRI, SGA, SWF, TMK

Other things of interest (AEST): 

  • New Zealand Q2 Inflation at 8:45 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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