ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 61 points lower, down -0.9%.
All three major US indices slumped overnight after the release of minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting in December.
Markets rolled over in response to a more hawkish tone by Fed officials, with plans for more interest rate hikes and cutting its current US$8.8 trillion balance sheet quicker than anticipated to help tackle surging inflation.
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The Dow Jones and S&P 500 slid from all-time highs amid a broad-based selloff on Wall Street.
Technology-related stocks were wrecked by the Fed’s shifted tone, with the Nasdaq down 2.8% year-to-date.
A jump in the benchmark 10-year US Treasury yield was also contributing pressure on tech plays, as investors factor in the prospect of higher borrowing costs and more humble valuations for fast growing companies.
The 10-year Treasury yield has surged almost 20 basis points to a 9-month high of 1.7% in the first three trading days of 2021.
The market is currently pricing in a 64% probability of 4 rate hikes by December 2022, according to the Fed fund futures expectations.
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The Materials sector topped the overnight leaderboard led by gains from construction companies like Caterpillar (+0.8%).
The prospect of higher interest rates drove investors away from risky pockets of the market. In turn, driving a better performance out of defensive sectors including consumer staples and utilities.
Financials slipped almost 1% despite the tailwinds that higher interest rates provide for their net interest margins.
Technology stocks fell off a cliff amid efforts to reprice these high growth and richly valued companies. Headlining the losses was electric vehicle maker Rivian (-10.9%), bookmaker DraftKings (-8.6%) and brokerage firm RobinHood (-8.1%).
Tech titans Amazon, Apple, Meta Platforms, Microsoft and Google fell between -1.6% and -4.4%.
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|Lithium & Battery Tech||81.46||-0.47%|
|Aerospace & Defense||105.19||+0.33%|
|Robotics & AI||34.8||-0.95%|
Aluminium could be a rare pocket of strength on Thursday amid supply concerns and higher power costs. Aluminium prices have edged higher to US$2,925/t and closer to 13-year highs of US$3,200 hit in October last year.
Rising power costs and higher input costs in Europe has led to reduced output at Europe’s largest aluminium smelter. Also, production in China may face further headwinds after authorities asked local producers to slash emissions by 5% before 2025.
The sudden risk-off sentiment is driving investors away from speculative areas of the market, most notably cryptocurrencies. The Bitcoin Strategy ETF tumbled to a fresh all-time low after Bitcoin slumped 3.5% to 3-month lows of US$44,240.
The renewed weakness for Bitcoin could mean further headwinds for local players like DigitalX (ASX: DCC)
The Beta Shares Crypto Innovators ETF (ASX: CRYP) will likely follow through with Bitcoin’s overnight weakness
After an electrifying start to the year, the Lithium & Battery ETF might take some heat out of ASX-listed players after sliding 4.8% overnight.
Lithium prices are expected to continue trending higher amid heightened demand, lackluster supply and increasing supply
Lithium stocks are however, richly valued and at risk when it comes to the prospect of higher interest rates
The Cloud ETF skidded to a fresh 7-month low amid the broad-based selloff taking place across technology stocks.
Likewise, the FinTech ETF slid to 14-month lows.
Block (formerly Square) tumbled 8.2% overnight, setting up Afterpay (ASX: APT) for sharp declines at open
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