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Morning Wrap: S&P 500 and Nasdaq surge thanks to strong bank earnings, ASX set to jump

Tue 18 Oct 22, 8:33am (AEST)

ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX 200 will open 61 points higher, up 0.9%.

Major US indices rose sharply thanks to better-than-expected earnings from Bank of America and a rebound for oversold tech names, China delays its Q3 GDP data without giving any reasons, Morgan Stanley thinks the market could bounce as much as 16% and a few key ASX sectors to watch this morning.

Let's get into it.

Overnight Summary

Tue 18 Oct 22, 8:33am (AEDT)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 3,678 +2.65%
Dow Jones 30,186 +1.86%
NASDAQ Comp 10,676 +3.43%
Russell 2000 1,736 +3.17%
Country Indices
Canada 18,621 +1.61%
China 3,085 +0.42%
Germany 12,649 +1.70%
Hong Kong 16,613 +0.15%
India 58,411 +0.85%
Japan 26,776 -1.16%
United Kingdom 6,920 +0.90%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,655.50 +0.40%
Iron Ore 95.93 -
Copper 3.408 -0.45%
WTI Oil 85.67 +0.07%
AUD/USD 0.6288 -0.02%
Bitcoin (AUD) 31,018 +0.23%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,111 +0.56%
US 10 Yr T-bond 4.015 +0.12%
VIX 31 -2.03%


US markets rallied thanks to sold quarterly earnings from Bank of America and Roblox. Several oversold tech companies like Block, Tesla and Zoom also bounced strongly.

The S&P 500 is up for only the fifth time in the last 20 days but guess what? The smallest daily gain among those green days is 1.97%. Some of the markets biggest rallies occur during bear markets and given how volatile things are, brace yourself for more dips and rips.

  • All 11 US sectors were green

  • Discretionary, Real Estate, Communication Services and Tech sectors rallied more than 3%

  • Healthcare, Energy and Staples underperformed benchmarks 

  • 78% of US stocks advanced 

  • 66% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (70% on Monday, 70% a week ago)


  • Netflix (+6.6%) Wells Fargo reiterated an Equal-weight rating ahead of the company’s earnings next week. Last week, Netflix announced it’ll release its new ad-supported service a month ahead of schedule

  • Apple (+2.9%) Morgan Stanley reiterated an Overweight rating. The investment bank said the company will weather the storm better than other technology peers thanks to its loyal user base


  • Roblox (+19.8%) posted a September 2022 metrics report, with daily average users up 23% year-on-year to 57.8m. Estimated revenue was between US$171-180m, which represents a change of -2% to +3%

    • “The strengthening of the US dollar against the Euro, British Pound and other foreign currencies during 2022 has had an adverse impact on booking,” the company notes.

    • The fluctuations led to an approximate -6% impact on YoY growth rates in September  

  • Bank of America (+6.1%) reported better-than-expected earnings. Third quarter profit fell -8% to US$7.1bn but net income rose 24% to US$13.9bn thanks to higher rates and expanding loans

    • CEO Brian Moynihan: "First, consumers continue to spend at strong levels. Second, customer average deposit levels for September 2022 remain at multiples of the pre-pandemic levels. You can see that in the lower right. Third, there's plenty of capacity for borrowing.”

    • "... early or late-stage card delinquencies...all remain well below our pre-pandemic levels. These are decades-old lows & we're just now seeing gradual moves off these lows in early-stage delinquencies. Late-stage delinquencies are still 40% below pre-pandemic levels.”


  • China delays Q3 GDP data without giving any reason (Bloomberg)

  • UK bonds surge as Chancellor Hunt reverses Truss tax cuts (Bloomberg)


  • US NY empire state manufacturing index tumbled to -9.1 in October from -1.5 in September

    • Business activity in New York State declined for a third straight month

    • “New orders, unfilled orders, and shipments were all little changed from last month,” the report said

    • “Labor market indicators pointed to a small increase in employment and the average workweek.”

    • “Input price increases picked up, while the pace of selling price increases held steady.”


  • Iron ore futures rose 0.2% to US$94.8 a tonne

    •  China’s steel prices eased in over 10-14 October 

    • “Market sentiment weakened with steel demand waning during the survey period, partly due to the resurgence of covid cases across the country,” Mysteel Global noted 

  • Oil prices traded flat, down from session highs of 1.7%

    •  “It’s been another turbulent few weeks in oil markets from global growth concerns to super-sized OPEC+ output cuts and it seems they’re yet to fully settle down,” said Oanda senior market analyst, Ed Moya

    • “Whether that will satisfy the oil alliance only time will tell but there will be some relief that it’s not back in triple figures already, even if that is a result of the ever-worsening economic outlook.”

  • Gold inched higher but well off session highs

    • “Lower global yields and a slightly softer dollar are probably behind the move, with traders no doubt hoping that peak inflation and rate pricing are nearly in sight,” said Moya

Other commodities of interest (US$):

  • Platinum +1.3% to $912/oz

  • Uranium futures +0.9% to $50.1/lb

  • Palladium +0.1% to $1,991.5/oz

  • Newcastle coal futures -0.5% to $395/t

  • Copper -0.6% to $3.4/lb

  • Aluminium -2% to $2,237/t

  • Natural gas -6.1% to $6.3/MMbtu


  • Morgan Stanley on markets: If rates fall ahead of a decline in inflation (which we expect), “it will give legs to the rally that began last Thursday .. We think 4000 is as good a guess as any and would not rule out another attempt to re-take the 200-day moving average (~4150).”

  • And another one: "We're starting to get to the point where our medium-term view is more constructive ... We don't think this is the 1970s ... Yes, the earnings recession ... and probably economic recession will play through, ... but the room is getting crowded."

  • How much of a typical bear market is priced in: "At a drawdown of 28%, the stock market has now priced in 85% of a typical bear market (-33%), and 78% of a recession (-35%)," said Jurrien Timmer, Director of Global Macro at Fidelity

  • A 1940s comparison: "Despite big differences, the 1940’s continue to provide a compelling analog to today. The fiscal/monetary cocktail in 1942-46 turned into an inflationary hangover in 1946-47, much like is happening today,' said Timmer

S&P 500 1940s performance
Source: Fidelity
  • A glance at the biggest rallies: These are the 4 biggest rallies for the S&P 500

    • 30 Oct 1929 +12.5%

    • 6 Oct 1931 +12.3%

    • 13 Oct 2008 +11.5%

    • 28 Oct 2008 +10.7%

  • China on energy security: "Based on China’s energy and resource endowments, we will advance initiatives to reach peak carbon emissions in a well-planned and phased way, in line with the principle of getting the new before discarding the old." In short: Coal now, Renewables later.

US Sectors

Tue 18 Oct 22, 8:33am (AEDT)

Sector Chg %
Consumer Discretionary +4.23%
Real Estate +3.89%
Communication Services +3.34%
Information Technology +3.09%
Financials +2.58%
Materials +2.54%
Industrials +2.25%
Utilities +2.17%
Health Care +1.74%
Energy +1.22%
Consumer Staples +1.11%

Industry ETFs

Tue 18 Oct 22, 8:33am (AEDT)

Description Last Chg %
Uranium 18.78 +5.01%
Strategic Metals 80.11 +4.23%
Lithium & Battery Tech 64.14 +3.32%
Steel 49.93 +2.80%
Copper Miners 28.04 +2.21%
Silver 16.81 +1.84%
Gold 152.98 +0.29%
Aluminum 48.105 -2.67%
Nickel 29.33 -3.17%
Aerospace & Defense 93.07 +2.63%
Global Jets 15.88 +2.02%
Cannabis 13.54 +5.76%
Biotechnology 119.58 +2.43%
Description Last Chg %
Bitcoin 11.8 +2.12%
Hydrogen 10.02 +3.49%
CleanTech 12.96 +1.23%
Solar 66 +0.92%
Cloud Computing 14.88 +5.24%
E-commerce 14.37 +4.80%
Cybersecurity 22.38 +4.56%
FinTech 19.65 +4.48%
Video Games/eSports 38.39 +3.93%
Sports Betting/Gaming 13.29 +3.84%
Robotics & AI 17.67 +3.68%
Electric Vehicles 19.39 +3.66%
Semiconductor 298.68 +2.12%

ASX Morning Brief

You begin to feel bearish so of course, the market rips.

After a day or two of green, you begin to feel bullish and think 'hey maybe its all over and I can start bu ..." and the market dips. Volatility is unprecedented due to a long list of well documented reasons. From the Quick Bites above, you can see that a lot has already been priced in and the market is indeed in a rather oversold state. There's also been a record amount of institutional and retail short/put exposure, which can exacerbate any moves to the upside.

That's my spiel for the morning. SPI futures imply a 0.9% open. The problem with a strong lead from Wall Street is that our market tends to gap up too much at the open. Volatility remains unprecedented, so let's see how we close. I'll see you guys later in the Evening Wrap.

Sectors to watch

Overnight ETF gainers: Cloud (+5.2%), Uranium (+5.01%), Rare Earth/Strategic Metals (+4.2%), Steel (+2.8%)

Overnight ETF losers: Nickel (-3.17%), Aluminium (-2.67%)

Iron ore: US-listed BHP (ASX: BHP) rallied 3.1% so expect a strong start for local iron ore names.

Tech: The Nasdaq led the rally, with a lot of big household names up at least 6%. We saw a lot of local names like WiseTech (ASX: WTC) and Altium (ASX: ALU) put up a good fight yesterday, down less than 1%.

Uranium: The Global X Uranium ETF rallied 5.01% overnight. Although its chart is not the prettiest (volatile price action, below the 200-day, was trading at a 3 month low). Much like the tech narrative above, local uranium names also refused to succumb to broader market weakness. Boss Energy (ASX: BOE) closed higher after falling -4.3% on Monday.

Global X Uranium ETF
Source: TradingView

Lithium: Chinese lithium carbonate prices hit an all-time high 537,500 yuan, up almost 100% year-to-date. Performance among local lithium stocks remains choppy and sometimes they don't move in unison. Take note of whats over/underperforming.

Key Events

Stocks going ex-dividend:

  • Tue: KSC

  • Wed: None

  • Thu: None

  • Fri: SNC

  • Mon: NHC

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Dividends paid: QUB

  • Listing: None

Other things of interest (AEDT):

  • 11:30 am: RBA minutes

  • 8:00 pm: Germany ZEW economic sentiment

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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