Market Wraps

Morning Wrap: S&P 500 higher as tech stocks jump, ASX set to rise

Mon 30 Jan 23, 8:35am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 12 points higher, up 0.16% as of 8:20 am AEDT.

The Nasdaq outperformed the S&P 500 amid a broad-based rally for tech names, S&P 500 earnings are pointing towards a hard landing, inflation expectations hit their lowest levels since April 2021 and why the ASX 200 appears deceptively strong.

Let's dive in.


S&P 500 Daily Chart

S&P 500 chart
S&P 500 continues to grind higher, pushing above the key downward trendline and 200-day moving average. Can it rally past 4,100 or does it need a bit more chop? (Source: TradingView)

Overnight Summary

Mon 30 Jan 23, 8:35am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,071 +0.25%
Dow Jones 33,978 +0.08%
NASDAQ Comp 11,622 +0.95%
Russell 2000 1,911 +0.44%
Country Indices
Canada 20,714 +0.07%
China 3,265 +0.76%
Germany 15,150 +0.11%
Hong Kong 22,689 +0.54%
India 59,331 -1.45%
Japan 27,383 +0.07%
United Kingdom 7,765 +0.05%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,927.50 -0.13%
Iron Ore 122.70 -
Copper 4.225 -1.01%
WTI Oil 79.40 -1.99%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.7102 -0.10%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 33,387 +2.48%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,305 +3.76%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.518 +0.72%
VIX 19 -1.17%

US Sectors

Mon 30 Jan 23, 8:35am (AEST)

Sector Chg %
Consumer Discretionary +2.27%
Real Estate +0.94%
Communication Services +0.88%
Information Technology +0.44%
Industrials +0.35%
Financials +0.05%
Utilities -0.03%
Consumer Staples -0.25%
Materials -0.34%
Health Care -0.69%
Energy -1.99%

MARKETS

  • Sell-side strategists are pushing back against the early 2023 strength, saying that the market is not pricing in earnings, recession and geopolitical risks

  • Depressed positioning for bearish first half consensus still a tailwind, long-only funds buying big tech plus retail coming back in

  • Debt ceiling deadlock feeding into speculation about early QT exit

  • Fed prospects of soft landing gains more traction (Bloomberg)

  • Heavily shorted stocks and 2022's big decliners outperform market in early 2023 (Yahoo)

EARNINGS 

  • Blended earnings growth rate for Q4 S&P 500 EPS is currently down -5.0% compared to -3.2% expected, according to FactSet

  • Of the 29% of S&P 500 companies that have reported for Q4, 69% have beaten consensus EPS expectations, below the one-year average of 75% and five-year average of 77%. 

  • American Express (+10.6%): Q4 earnings were light amid weaker discount results and higher provision; guidance was ahead of analyst expectations

  • Intel (-6.4%): Q4 earnings and current quarter guidance both missed expectations amid an even more pronounced than expected inventory correction and softening demand trends

  • Hasbro (-8.1%): Q4 revenue was well-below analyst expectations with a big shortfall in Consumer Products business due to a challenging holiday environment

STOCKS

Interesting comments from company earnings from last week via StreetAccount:

  • Visa and Mastercard see a stronger January, supporting the theme of a resilient consumer

  • Tesla talked up strong demand and auto 

  • LVMH and Las Vegas Sands talk up a faster China reopening 

  • Microsoft flagged cloud optimization headwinds

  • Texas Instruments notes a pickup in order pushouts/cancellations amid deterioration in most of its end markets

ECONOMY

  • Disinflation narrative remains intact as US core personal consumption expenditure inflation comes in-line with expectations

  • Michigan consumer sentiment 1-year inflation expectations are at their lowest since Apr 2021

  • ECB commentary remains hawkish with expectations of 75 bp of rate hikes in the first half

  • Economic data increasingly points towards a manufacturing recession (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Mon 30 Jan 23, 8:35am (AEST)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Uranium 22.73 +1.80%
Lithium & Battery Tech 70.8 +1.27%
Gold 179.47 -0.14%
Strategic Metals 96.33 -0.45%
Copper Miners 41.73 -0.72%
Steel 68.76 -1.19%
Nickel 39.1599 -1.20%
Aluminum 55.4499 -1.35%
Silver 21.99 -1.41%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 113.64 +0.06%
Global Jets 20.44 -0.68%
Healthcare
Cannabis 12.03 +2.66%
Biotechnology 137.16 +0.05%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 14.7 -0.34%
Renewables
Hydrogen 12.93 +2.40%
CleanTech 16.37 +1.19%
Solar 79.48 +0.84%
Technology
FinTech 21.85 +2.11%
E-commerce 20.06 +1.79%
Electric Vehicles 23.57 +1.27%
Robotics & AI 23.48 +1.24%
Video Games/eSports 49.37 +1.20%
Cloud Computing 17.89 +1.01%
Cybersecurity 22.15 +0.68%
Sports Betting/Gaming 16.41 +0.30%
Semiconductor 409.71 -0.64%

ASX Morning Brief

As you are aware, we have additional hands on the Morning Wraps. Last Friday's one was written entirely by Chris Conway, which gave readers a deeper dive in ASX 200 technicals and commodity returns. How did it read? Feel free to let me know (and any other questions you may have) at [email protected].

Again, the whole point of making these little changes is to lift the standard and bring on board better insights for investors. It is indeed a little bit of a work in progress.

Talking Technicals

I had a really weird thought over the weekend – The ASX 200 looks deceptively strong because heavyweights like Commonwealth Bank and BHP are trading within 1% of all-time highs.

Perhaps its time to shift focus away from the index and look at a) individual stocks and b) major US benchmarks.

Sectors to watch

Tech: Nasdaq outperformed the S&P 500, up 0.95% vs. 0.25%. Of note, beaten up names outperformed including Coinbase (+15.75%), GME (+14.0%), Affirm (+13.1%) and Tesla (+11.0%). The ARK ETF is also trying to set a low and rallied 5.5% last Friday. These tailwinds could put local tech in the spotlight, ranging from heavyweight names like Wisetech, Block and Xero to beaten names like PointsBet, Kogan and Megaport. 

ARK ETF
ARK Innovation ETF (Source: TradingView)

Uranium: The Global X Uranium ETF is starting to find its groove above the 200-day moving average, up another 1.8% overnight. The chart below shows a) the ETF has been rather choppy in the last 12-16 months and b) its rallying into a key trendline. Will 2023 be the year for uranium or another frustratingly back-n-forth year?

Uranium ETF
Global X Uranium ETF (Source: TradingView) 

Quick bites

Dumb money confidence: SentimenTrader's Dumb Money Confidence is extremely optimistic, which suggests an excess return of -1.1% over the next two months for the S&P 500. Previous spikes in dumb money coincided with previous market tops in August 2022 and November 2021.

Dumb money confidence vs S&P 500
Source: SentimenTrader

A powerful breadth thrust: In contrast, global markets have experienced a powerful breadth thrust whereby the percentage of stocks trading above their 200-day moving average has spiked from 0% to 90% in less than two months. Historical breadth thrusts have coincided with the beginning of major sustained rallies for global markets including 2009, 2012, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

All country breadth
Source: SentimenTrader

Easing financial conditions: Goldman Sachs' Financial Condition Index has eased significantly over the past three months. "In the last 20 years, the only two periods of time where conditions loosened further were toward the end of the 2008-09 recession & mid-2020," noted Liz Young, Head of Investment Strategy at SoFi. Though, the Fed is due to hike rates by another 25 bps later this week. Will Powell re-tighten financial conditions and crush the idea of rate cuts?

GS Financial Conditions Index
Source: SoFi, Goldman Sachs

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: Perpetual Credit Income Trust (PCI) – $0.06, Gryphon Capital Income Trust (GCI) – $0.013, Djerriwarrh Investments (DJW) – $0.072

  • Dividends paid: Metcash (MTS) – $0.115 

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEDT):

  • 8:00 pm: Germany GDP growth

  • 9:00 pm: Eurozone 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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