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Morning Wrap: S&P 500 and Nasdaq lower, Fed and megacap earnings jitters, ASX to fall

Tue 31 Jan 23, 8:33am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 10 points lower, down -0.14% as of 8:20 am AEDT.

Major US benchmarks slumped ahead of a massive week for central banks and earnings, China's economy is showing signs of life as consumption revs up, Spanish inflation unexpectedly higher in January while Germany's GDP surprises to the downside and chip inventories have tripled to record levels.

Let's dive in.

S&P 500 Session Chart

SPX chart
S&P 500 faded early gains of 0.25% to close at session lows (Source: TradingView)

Overnight Summary

Tue 31 Jan 23, 8:33am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,018 -1.30%
Dow Jones 33,717 -0.77%
NASDAQ Comp 11,394 -1.96%
Russell 2000 1,886 -1.33%
Country Indices
Canada 20,572 -0.69%
China 3,269 +0.14%
Germany 15,126 -0.16%
Hong Kong 22,070 -2.73%
India 59,500 +0.29%
Japan 27,433 +0.19%
United Kingdom 7,785 +0.25%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,922.00 -0.38%
Iron Ore 122.70 -
Copper 4.182 -0.96%
WTI Oil 77.85 -2.30%
AUD/USD 0.7059 -0.71%
Bitcoin (AUD) 32,285 -4.48%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,206 -5.43%
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.551 +0.94%
VIX 20 +8.05%

US Sectors

Tue 31 Jan 23, 8:33am (AEST)

Sector Chg %
Consumer Staples +0.07%
Utilities -0.45%
Financials -0.52%
Materials -0.70%
Health Care -0.93%
Industrials -0.97%
Real Estate -1.24%
Consumer Discretionary -1.71%
Communication Services -1.80%
Information Technology -1.94%
Energy -2.29%


  • No one specific factor drove the overnight pullback, which follows an almost 2.5% rally last week that left the S&P 500 higher in three of the last four weeks

  • Potential catalysts for overnight weakness include: Hotter-than-expected Spanish inflation, profit taking and concerns about the Fed’s resolve around higher-for-longer messaging

  • Markets face a myriad of high-stakes macro and micro events over the next few days including Fed, ECB and BoE interest rate decisions and mega cap tech earnings

  • Central banks set to lift rates to 15-year highs (FT)

  • Hedge funds lift shorts on Treasury bonds amid doubts over rally (Bloomberg)

  • Bull market imminent for Chinese stocks as Lunar New Year consumption revival drives recovery (Bloomberg, FT)


The next three days will be huge for S&P 500 earnings.

US earnings calendar
Source: The Transcript


  • Spanish inflation unexpectedly higher in January (Bloomberg)

  • Holiday trips with China surge over Lunar New Year (Reuters, Bloomberg)

  • UK business optimism hits six-month high despite recession risk (Bloomberg)

  • UK wage inflation flags to another big BoE hike on Thursday (Bloomberg)

  • German GDP unexpectedly shrinks 0.2% in Q4, stokes recession woes (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Tue 31 Jan 23, 8:33am (AEST)

Description Last Chg %
Nickel 38.2881 +2.91%
Uranium 23.14 +0.30%
Silver 21.68 -0.05%
Gold 179.22 -0.26%
Steel 67.94 -1.12%
Strategic Metals 95.9 -1.17%
Copper Miners 41.43 -1.93%
Lithium & Battery Tech 71.7 -1.98%
Aluminum 54.7 -2.23%
Aerospace & Defense 113.71 -0.45%
Global Jets 20.3 -1.53%
Cannabis 12.35 -1.54%
Biotechnology 137.23 -1.77%
Description Last Chg %
Bitcoin 14.65 -1.91%
Solar 80.15 -2.41%
CleanTech 16.56 -2.60%
Hydrogen 13.24 -2.62%
Robotics & AI 23.77 -1.35%
FinTech 22.31 -2.15%
Electric Vehicles 23.87 -2.30%
Sports Betting/Gaming 16.46 -2.31%
Cloud Computing 18.06 -2.55%
Semiconductor 407.1 -2.66%
Cybersecurity 22.3 -2.74%
E-commerce 20.42 -3.28%
Video Games/eSports 49.96 -3.58%

ASX Morning Brief

Talking Technicals

Nothing too interesting from a chart perspective. Just a few things to note:

  • ASX 200 is starting to stall after a massive run. Negative SPI futures suggests the market is beginning to turn – which gives us an opportunity to see what kind of pullback we get

    • Will it be a calm pullback that finds support quickly or the ones we experienced last year – volatile with heavy selling

  • ASX 200 has run quite far from its 20-day moving average – which is around -1.8% away

    • The 20-day is used to gauge the short-term trend. Strong upward trending stocks typically find support around the 20-day  

XJO chart
Source: TradingView

Sectors to watch

It was a rather risk-off and/or profit taking session whereby growth-y sectors led to the downside and defensive ones held up relatively well.

Since it wasn't an overly exciting session, we'll only be highlighting the overnight sector/ETF movers instead of more in-depth points:

  • Higher: Nickel (+2.9%), Uranium (+0.2%)

  • Lower: Cloud (-2.6%), Fintech (-2.2%), Lithium (-2.0%), Copper Miners (-1.9%), Biotech (-1.8%), Jets (-1.5%)

Quick bites

Too many chips: "Inventories — a critical indicator of demand for memory chips — have more than tripled to record levels, reaching three to four months’ worth of supply," according to Bloomberg

Implications of a strong January: "... there have only been two other instances since WWII where the S&P 500 gained more than 5% in January after posting a double-digit percentage decline in the prior year." In 1967 and 1975, the S&P 500 finished the year up 11.4% and 17.2% respectively

The 1946-49 cycle: "Is this a 1940s rerun? The 1946-49 cycle bottomed in 1947 when inflation peaked at 20%, much higher than last year. In the late 1940s, inflation proved to be sticky and kept the market in a range for several years. There's potential for a replay of that now." - Jurrien Timmer, Director of Global Macro at Fidelity

S&P 500 price analogs

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: CVC (CVC) – $0.04

  • Dividends paid: Region Group (RGN) – $0.075, Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) – $0.04, Rural Funds Group (RFF) – $0.029, Centuria Office REIT (COF) – $0.035, Kelly Partners Group (KPG) – $0.004 

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEDT):

  • 11:30 am: Australia Housing Credit

  • 11:30 am: Australian Retail Sales

  • 12:30 pm: China NBS Manufacturing and Services PMI

  • 9:00 pm: Eurozone GDP

Written By

Kerry Sun

Content Strategist

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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