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Morning Wrap: US stocks rise ahead of all-important inflation report, ASX futures higher

Tue 14 Feb 23, 8:29am (AEST)

ASX 200 futures are trading 49 points higher, up 0.66% as of 8:20 am AEDT.

US stocks were higher in an uneventful overnight session, markets in wait-and-see mode for January CPI data out tomorrow, Meta and Twilio set for another round of layoffs, bond yields are trying to breakout of downtrends and a preview for tomorrow's inflation print.

Let's dive in.

Overnight Summary

Tue 14 Feb 23, 8:29am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,137 +1.14%
Dow Jones 34,246 +1.11%
NASDAQ Comp 11,892 +1.48%
Russell 2000 1,941 +1.17%
Country Indices
Canada 20,702 +0.44%
China 3,284 +0.72%
Germany 15,397 +0.58%
Hong Kong 21,164 -0.12%
India 60,432 -0.41%
Japan 27,427 -0.88%
United Kingdom 7,948 +0.83%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,864.90 -0.51%
Iron Ore 125.14 -
Copper 4.061 +1.11%
WTI Oil 79.33 -0.49%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6966 +0.71%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 31,079 -2.09%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,137 -3.79%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.717 -0.72%
VIX 20 -0.73%

US Sectors

Tue 14 Feb 23, 8:29am (AEST)

Sector Chg %
Information Technology +1.77%
Consumer Discretionary +1.46%
Consumer Staples +1.17%
Financials +1.10%
Communication Services +1.10%
Industrials +0.88%
Health Care +0.83%
Real Estate +0.82%
Utilities +0.58%
Materials +0.51%
Energy -0.61%

S&P 500 Session Chart

SPX intraday
A trend day towards the upside, with the S&P 500 closing at session highs (Source: TradingView)

MARKETS

  • Major US benchmarks higher in an uneventful session ahead of the all-important January CPI data due tomorrow morning

  • Weak Q4 earnings has analysts concerned about an earnings recession ahead (Reuters)

  • Fed Governor Bowman says more rate hikes needed to bring inflation back down to 2% (Reuters)

STOCKS

  • Meta is planning another round of layoffs after more than 11,000 employees were let go in November (FT)

  • Ford to collaborate with a Chinese firm on a $3.5bn EV battery plant (CNBC)

  • Twilio to layoff 17% of its workforce after cutting 11% in September (Bloomberg)

  • Tesla shareholder Gerber plans to run for the Tesla Board (Bloomberg)

ECONOMY

  • Deflationary path may not be a straight path down (Axios)

  • Eurozone inflation seen lingering above ECB target until 2025 (Bloomberg)

  • UK firms plan biggest pay rises since 2012 due to staffing shortages (Reuters)

  • UK wage and inflation data set to fuel further BoE hikes (Bloomberg)

Industry ETFs

Tue 14 Feb 23, 8:29am (AEST)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Copper Miners 38.45 +1.20%
Lithium & Battery Tech 68.12 +1.17%
Steel 65.1 +1.17%
Strategic Metals 88.86 +1.09%
Silver 20.24 -0.20%
Gold 173.36 -0.51%
Uranium 22.64 -0.97%
Aluminum 51.1449 -1.26%
Nickel 36.8903 -4.34%
Industrials
Global Jets 19.65 +1.48%
Aerospace & Defense 115.58 +0.67%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 132.36 +1.38%
Cannabis 11.25 -0.27%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 13.55 -0.15%
Renewables
Solar 75.88 +1.54%
CleanTech 16.03 +0.81%
Hydrogen 13.27 -1.21%
Technology
Cloud Computing 18.02 +2.00%
E-commerce 19.06 +1.71%
Semiconductor 417.53 +1.47%
Sports Betting/Gaming 15.9816 +1.30%
Electric Vehicles 23.73 +1.05%
Video Games/eSports 48.23 +0.93%
Cybersecurity 22.99 +0.61%
Robotics & AI 23.87 +0.54%
FinTech 21.74 -0.18%

Deeper Dive

Talking Technicals: Bond yields

The US 10-year Treasury yield has rallied 38 bps from February lows and trying to break its downtrend line as Fed policymakers see rates staying higher for longer as well as tight labour market numbers.

Yields tumbled in January, in parallel with the the massive bounce for equity markets. So what happens when it starts teasing at a breakout?

US 10-year
US 10-year Treasury Yield (Source: TradingView)

ASX Sectors to Watch

It was a little bit of an opposite day (compared to Monday) on Wall Street. Risk and growth-y sectors like Tech and Discretionary led to the upside while Energy was the only sector that finished in negative territory (+3.9% yesterday).

Our ETF list was mixed. Sectors like Cloud, Jets, Steel, Copper and Rare Earths all broadly topped out in late January. They all bounced 1-2% overnight, representing one of the first meaningful green days since recent highs.

Overall, the narrative today will be centered around how markets are in wait-and-see mode ahead of the all-important US inflation print. Is that a light at the end of the inflation tunnel or a freight train?

Macro: US inflation revisions

Macro, Broker Watch and Quick Bites was written by Hans Lee.

The US inflation print on Thursday early morning AEDT will be the key focus for global markets this week. Prices probably climbed again last month, just as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals inflation actually increased (rather than decreased) in December. 

  • CPI actually rose 0.1% in December (seasonally adjusted basis) from November versus the instant read of a 0.1% decline

  • Economists are expecting a 0.5% month-on-month rise in headline inflation during January

  • Core inflation is expected to rise 0.4%, its second increase in a row

  • If the core inflation forecast is borne out, it would take the year-on-year figure to around 5.5% (still nearly triple the central bank’s target)

All survey data provided by Bloomberg, who regularly surveys tens of economists on Wall Street for their thoughts on where economic data is tracking. 

And in related news that won’t be great for the Biden administration, a Gallup poll released Wednesday showed 50% of respondents describing their personal financial situations as worse than a year ago — the highest share since 2009. That’s not great news for a President who needs more to go right if he wants a shot at winning a second full term. 

Looking back at how the S&P 500 performed on inflation print days in 2022:

  • -1.16% was the average move when inflation was hotter-than-expected (8 times)

  • +0.78% when it was in-line with expectations (2 times)

  • +3.84% when it was cooler-than-expected (2 times)

Broker Watch

Macquarie is out with its earnings season preview for the lithium miners. Despite being at the relatively lofty end of the lithium forecast game, its previews for the actual miners’ earnings themselves are rather soft. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Mineral Resources (ASX: MIN)’s earnings consensus for 1HFY23 has a wide range, and Macquarie is at the low-end of the brokers with a forecast profit of $448 million. The analysts consensus is well over $600 million.

  • Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) earnings forecast is for $1.21 billion, essentially in line with the consensus forecast.

  • Allkem (ASX: AKE) is also at the low-end of consensus forecasts, tracking at $223 million.

  • Iluka (ASX: ILU) is the only company with a better-than-consensus forecast. The broker expects its earnings to be $321 million, higher than the $252 million consensus.

  • Note: IGO and Lynas already released their earnings in late January. The latter of which has been covered by Glenn Freeman at Livewire Markets

Mixed fortunes: Spodumene prices more than doubled last year but it’s not always flown through to the lithium miners’ share prices.

Mixed share price for lithium companies over the last
Source: Macquarie Research
Lithium prices have increased across the board
Source: Macquarie Research

Quick Bites

Real S&P 500 returns: During periods of high inflation, real S&P 500 returns took over a decade to move above previous highs.

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Key Events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Trading ex-div: Suncorp (SUN) – $0.33, QV Equities (QVE) – $0.013

  • Dividends paid: Charter Hall Long Wale REIT (CLW) – $0.07, 

  • Listing: None

Economic calendar (AEDT):

  • 10:30 am: Australia Consumer Confidence

  • 11:30 am: Australia Business Confidence

  • 6:00 pm: UK Unemployment Rate

  • 12:30 am: US Inflation Rate

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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