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Morning wrap: hot inflation data triggers selloff on Wall Street, ASX set to plunge

Fri 11 Feb 22, 8:31am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 55 points lower, down -0.8%.

Wall Street snapped a two-day win streak after US consumer prices rose faster-than-expected in January. Investors are now concerned that the Federal Reserve might get even more aggressive with raising interest rates.

Overnight summary

Thu 10 Feb 22, 9:31pm (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
US Indices
S&P 500 4504.08 -1.81%
Dow Jones 35,242 -1.47%
NASDAQ 100 14,186 -2.10%
Russell 2000 2,052 -1.53%
Country Indices
Canada 21,532 -0.34%
China 3,486 +0.17%
Germany 15,490 +0.05%
Hong Kong 24,924 +0.38%
India 58,926 +0.79%
Japan 27,696 +0.42%
United Kingdom 7,672 +0.38%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,828.00 -0.47%
Iron Ore 147.64 -
Copper 4.615 +0.26%
WTI Oil 89.99 +0.37%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.7163 -0.20%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 61,518 -2.02%
Ethereum (AUD) 4,341 -5.11%
Miscellaneous
U.S. 10 Year Treasury 2.031 +5.29%
VIX 24 +20.19%

Stocks 

  • 70% of US stocks fell overnight, with 62% trading below their 200-day moving average, flagging that most trends are weak or neutral at best

  • Disney shares rallied 3.4% after reporting record revenues and more than US$1bn in profit, smashing analyst expectations. Growth in streaming subscribers and a bounce back in theme-park profits helped boost earnings 

  • Uber briefly rose 5.9% after its earnings beat profit and sales expectations. The stock faded sharply, closing -6.1% lower

  • Affirm accidentally tweeted its quarterly earnings ahead of schedule. The company’s stock was trading 11% higher, before closing -21.2% lower

Economy

  • Inflation is going berserk with the US consumer price index (CPI) gaining 0.6% on-the-month and up 7.5% compared to last year, the biggest year-on-year increase since 1982 

  • The key drivers of inflation was once again fuel oil, up 9.5% on-the-month 

  • The CPI report has brought about more uncertainty with how aggressive the Fed will get with raising interest rates

  • After the CPI report, the Fed funds futures is now pricing in an 89% probability of a 50 basis point rate hike in March, up from 24% yesterday 

  • US treasury yields surged with the 10-year marking a 2 ½ year high of 2.04%. 

  • The US 2-year Treasury yield- used to reflect short-term interest rate expectations, spiked 16.5% to 1.58%, the highest since January 2020 

Commodities 

  • Iron ore prices rose 4.8% to US$153.75 a tonne 

  • China-based analyst told FastMarkets they expect steel mills to resume production after the Winter Olympics, this helped market sentiment towards iron ore prices turn positive 

  • Volatile session for oil amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict and Iran nuclear talks 

  • “Oil market fundamentals, however, remain very tight and no immediate changes to that outlook, crude prices seem poised to go higher,” said Oanda senior market analyst, Ed Moya


US Sectors

Thu 10 Feb 22, 9:31pm (AEST)

Sector Chg %
Communication Services -1.41%
Consumer Discretionary -1.78%
Consumer Staples -1.03%
Energy -0.68%
Financials -0.85%
Health Care -1.57%
Sector Chg %
Industrials -1.65%
Information Technology -2.75%
Materials -0.57%
Real Estate -2.86%
Utilities -2.61%

Industry ETFs

Thu 10 Feb 22, 9:31pm (AEST)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 69 -0.99%
Copper Miners 40.99 +0.51%
Gold 171.21 -0.38%
Lithium & Battery Tech 78.47 -2.14%
Nickel 30.98 -0.34%
Strategic Metals 108.72 -0.65%
Steel 58.51 +0.15%
Silver 21.53 -0.51%
Uranium 22.56 -2.04%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 106.32 -0.72%
Global Jets 23.1 -0.04%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 135.1 -2.44%
Cannabis 5.67 +1.23%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 28.23 -1.74%
Renewables
CleanTech 15.11 -2.65%
Hydrogen 16.39 -3.97%
Solar 66.83 -2.66%
Technology
Cloud Computing 23.58 -1.91%
Cybersecurity 29.99 -0.13%
E-commerce 25.63 -1.68%
Electric Vehicles 29.19 -1.88%
FinTech 34.62 -2.28%
Robotics & AI 30.48 -2.20%
Semiconductor 504.63 -3.12%
Sports Betting/Gaming 23.13 -0.61%
Video Games/eSports 65.39 -2.29%

ASX Sectors to watch

Investors should brace for a challenging session where tech stocks will likely bear the brunt of selling. 

#1 BNPL 

US-listed BNPL rival Affirm reported  December quarter revenue growth of 77% and increased active customers by 150%. Despite the figures appearing solid at face value, the stock plunged -22.7%. 

Block also fell sharply, down -4.5%. 

This flags a likely painful session for local BNPL stocks. 

#2 Materials & Financials 

US Materials and Financials sectors held up better than most, down -0.6% and -0.9% respectively.

Encouragingly, the US-listed counterparts for BHP (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) closed up 1.5% and 0.8% respectively. 

Banks are also viewed as a major benefactor of higher interest rates. With markets now expecting central banks to get more hawkish on rates, net interest margin expansion could soon be on the horizon.  

#3 Uranium

On Thursday, the Global X Uranium ETF rallied 7% into its 200-day moving average. We said that the ETF needed to follow through with another positive session to close above the 200-day, to truly rid of its recent bearish mood. 

The sharp turnaround for the broader market has pulled the ETF back below the 200. This means that uranium bulls might need to wait a bit longer for price-action to turn into their favour.  

#4 Copper

The Global X Copper Miners ETF was one of few ETFs to finish higher. Copper prices were up 0.2% to US$4.61/lb.

While the Wall Street selloff might drag local copper stocks lower, the overall sector and spot prices are holding up relatively well.


Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: BKI, JHG, PL8

  • Dividends paid: NPR

  • Listing: MRI, S3N

  • Issued shares: A1G, ACU, AHK, AVA, CCR, CGB, EMP, EQE, ESR, HNG, HOR, IMS, LDX, LMG, LRV, MFF, MGF, MRI, NUH, RNE, RUL, S3N, SIX, STG, STK, WAM, WCN

 

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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