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Morning Wrap: S&P 500 marks highest close since April 2022, ASX 200 to rise

Tue 13 Jun 23, 8:32am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 25 points higher, up 0.35% as of 8:20 am AEST.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rallied on Monday to their highest closing levels since April 2022, US inflation data is due on Tuesday night followed by what's likely going to be a Fed pause on Wednesday, AAII bullish sentiment jumps to the highest level since November 2021, a closer look at where the US markets are headed next and the US Depart of Energy drops its latest critical materials assessment (and lithium and nickel come out on top).

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Tue 13 Jun 23, 8:32am (AEDT)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,339 +0.93%
Dow Jones 34,066 +0.56%
NASDAQ Comp 13,462 +1.53%
Russell 2000 1,873 +0.40%
Country Indices
Canada 19,921 +0.15%
China 3,229 -0.08%
Germany 16,098 +0.93%
Hong Kong 19,404 +0.07%
India 62,725 +0.16%
Japan 32,434 +0.52%
United Kingdom 7,571 +0.11%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,971.20 +0.08%
Iron Ore 111.14 -
Copper 3.752 -0.01%
WTI Oil 67.37 +0.37%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6752 +0.01%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 38,429 -0.42%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,585 -1.00%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.765 +0.53%
VIX 15 +8.53%

US Sectors

Tue 13 Jun 23, 8:32am (AEDT)

Sector Chg %
Information Technology +2.07%
Consumer Discretionary +1.74%
Communication Services +1.20%
Industrials +0.69%
Health Care +0.46%
Materials +0.44%
Real Estate +0.03%
Consumer Staples +0.01%
Financials -0.09%
Utilities -0.17%
Energy -0.97%

S&P 500 SESSION CHART

S&P 500 Intraday
S&P 500 marks its highest close since April 2021 (Source: TradingView)

MARKETS

  • Monday: S&P 500 finished higher, closed near best levels

  • Last Friday: S&P 500 closed up 0.12%, down from session highs of 0.7%

  • Bullish focus points: US ISM prices paid fell back to pre-pandemic levels, Goldman Sachs lowered its US recession probability from 35% to 25%, equal-weight S&P 500 outperforming megacap tech in past few sessions and breadth improvement 

  • Bearish focus points: Central banks pivoting back to tightening (RBA and BoC), AAII bull-bear spread flags to highest since Nov 21, TGA rebuild commenced 

  • Fed pause probabilities currently at 79.7% (75.9% a week ago) but previewed acknowledge it as a close call and a hawkish lean is expected

  • AAII bullish sentiment increased 15.5 pp for the week ended 7 June to 44.5% – The highest since November 2021, flagging cautious signal for equity rally

  • Investors load up on call options ahead of Thursday's Fed meeting (Bloomberg)

  • Fed to raise rates at least twice more to tame inflation (FT)

  • Fed to wait-and-see, recession fears subside, inflation to 'fall off a cliff' (FT)

  • Soft landing, earnings recovery, peak Fed can help stocks rise (Yahoo)

  • Investors are piling back into S&P 500 equal-weighted ETF (Bloomberg)

STOCKS

  • Illumina CEO DeSouza steps down amid Icahn pressure (Bloomberg)

  • GrubHub laying off ~15% of its workforce as it tries to control costs (Bloomberg)

  • Nasdaq shares tumbled after plans to buy Adeza for US$10.5bn (CNBC)

  • Oracle shares rallied after Wolfe Research upgraded the stock to Outperform (CNBC)

ECONOMY

  • US CPI due tonight – Headline expected to increase 0.2% month-on-month, pushing year-on-year rate to 4.1% from 4.9%. Core inflation expected to rise 0.4%, which will lower the year-on-year rate to 5.3% from 5.5% 

  • Saudi output cuts have not shifted bears' concerns about China growth (Bloomberg)

  • US economy defies gloomy expectations, raises scope for soft landing (NY Times)

  • China producer prices fall at fastest pace in 7-years on weak demand (Reuters)

  • China's low inflation gives central bank room to cut rates (Bloomberg)

  • Several Chinese banks cut interest rates on range of yuan deposits (Reuters)

  • UK recession risks ease on falling energy prices, higher spending (Bloomberg)

  • Manufacturers around the world seeing weakening demand (CNN)

Industry ETFs

Tue 13 Jun 23, 8:32am (AEDT)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Uranium 22.58 +3.11%
Nickel 28.4 +1.65%
Lithium & Battery Tech 64.06 +0.68%
Aluminum 45.875 +0.44%
Strategic Metals 84.03 -0.06%
Gold 181.88 -0.09%
Steel 61.3285 -0.20%
Copper Miners 37.37 -0.61%
Silver 22.08 -0.85%
Industrials
Global Jets 19.82 +1.80%
Aerospace & Defense 115.85 +0.66%
Healthcare
Cannabis 7.28 +3.85%
Biotechnology 129.87 +0.80%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 14.46 -2.17%
Renewables
Hydrogen 9.7 +5.21%
CleanTech 14.89 +1.64%
Solar 71.54 +1.63%
Technology
Semiconductor 502.54 +3.22%
Cloud Computing 19.83 +2.43%
Cybersecurity 24.21 +2.02%
Robotics & AI 28.81 +1.66%
Electric Vehicles 25.44 +1.44%
Sports Betting/Gaming 17.46 +1.39%
Video Games/eSports 55.4 +1.22%
FinTech 21.57 +1.22%
E-commerce 18.025 +0.87%

Deeper Dive

Sectors to Watch

Markets continue to climb the wall of worries. It's extended, likely needs a pullback but the question is, what kind of pullback will we get?

  • Iron ore: Singapore iron ore futures are down 3.7% since last Friday from US$112 to US$108 a tonne on growing concerns about China's property market.

  • Oil: Likewise, WTI crude tumbled 4.2% on Monday to US$67.3 a barrel.

  • Uranium: Uranium futures extended gains to US$57.55/lb, up around 18% year-to-date. The Global X Uranium ETF extended gains overnight, up 3.1%. Could we see some more strength follow through for local names like Paladin Energy, Boss Energy and Deep Yellow?

  • Tech: Tech was the best performing S&P 500 sector overnight, up 2.1%. A lot of our tech-related sector ETFs (above) rallied 1-3%. Are names like Wisetech, NextDC and Altium set for another strong session?

S&P 500 at 14-month highs: What's next

The S&P 500 is in breakout mode, marking its highest close since 22 April.

S&P 500 chart
S&P 500 weekly chart (Source: TradingView)

Is this rally forcing participation amid an improved outlook for earnings and peak Fed? Or is this the type of strength investors should sell into amid a V-shaped bounce in optimism, liquidity risks and still-hawkish central banks? Here's some food for thought:

  • CNN's Fear and Greed Index rises to 78, the highest since February 2023

  • Bank of America: "Bye bye, bear ... The bear market is over ... more than 90% of the time, the S&P 500 rises over the next 12 months after recovering from a bear market."

  • Wells Fargo: "History shows the S&P 500 does not bottom until, on average, six months after the first Fed rate cut."

  • Barclays: "... There have only been two comparable instances of such narrow [stock] leadership over the last three decades ... the leaders collapsed in 2000 ... whereas in 2020 the leaders delivered on earnings ... we think the current episode will likely resemble 2020."

  • Evercore: "A mountain of money in money markets accounts is 'fuel for an equity momentum market move' and could 'accelerate the arrival of our year end S&P 500 price target of 4,450 as early as 4 July."

  • The 1966 narrative: The S&P 500 rallied 16.5% in 1966 after a 10.6% decline in 1965. Just 8 months after the bottom, the market would slingshot to an all-time high. Current pullbacks are showing similar characteristics, but we're currently lagging the strength of the bounce experienced in 1967.

1966 S&P 500
Source: Factset

The most important battery metals

The US Department of Energy issued a critical materials assessment draft last week. You can view the full report here.

The table below evaluates the commodities most at risk in the medium term (2025-2035).

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Source: US DOE (2023)

Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: Champion Iron (CIA) – $0.113, Vita Group (VTG) – $0.064, KMD Brands (KMD) – $0.024 

  • Dividends paid: Hancock & Gore (HNG) – $0.005, Infratil (IFT) – $0.1155, SSR Mining (SSR) – $0.10

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEST):

  • 10:30 am: Australia Consumer Confidence

  • 11:30 am: Australia Business Confidence

  • 4:00 pm: UK Unemployment 

  • 7:00 pm: Germany Economic Sentiment Index

  • 10:30 pm: US Inflation

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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