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Morning Wrap: Wall St dips, Elon Musk feels "super bad" about the economy, ASX to fall

Mon 06 Jun 22, 8:23am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 32 points lower, down -0.44%.

Wall Street sold off sharply last Friday, solid jobs data reaffirmed the Fed's hawkish stance on interest rates, Elon Musk said he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy and OPEC+ agrees on larger oil output hikes.

Let’s dive in.

Overnight summary

Mon 06 Jun 22, 8:23am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 4,109 -1.63%
Dow Jones 32,900 -1.05%
NASDAQ Comp 12,013 -2.47%
Russell 2000 1,883 -0.77%
Country Indices
Canada 20,791 -1.15%
China 3,195 +0.42%
Germany 14,460 -0.17%
Hong Kong 21,082 -1.00%
India 55,769 -0.09%
Japan 27,762 +1.27%
United Kingdom 7,533 -0.98%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,853.30 +0.17%
Iron Ore 144.02 -
Copper 4.464 -0.19%
WTI Oil 120.56 +1.42%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.7208 +0.14%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 41,627 -0.37%
Ethereum (AUD) 2,520 -0.06%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 2.957 +1.51%
VIX 25 +0.28%

Markets

Major US indices posted heavy losses after better-than-expected jobs data reinforced expectations of a series of half-point interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve over the next few months.

  • 10 out of 11 US sectors declined

  • Energy was the only green sector

  • Discretionary and tech stocks underperformed

  • 64% of US stocks fell

  • 68% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (67% last Friday, 67% a week ago)

Stocks

  • American Airlines (-7.1%) provided a guidance update, raising both its revenue and cost outlook. The company said capacity would fall to the low end of its prior guidance due to staffing shortages

  • Tesla (-9.2%) CEO Elon Musk said he plans to freeze hiring and cut 10% of the company’s workforce. Musk sent an email out to Tesla executives saying he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy

    • Earlier this week, Musk sent an email to his executive staff saying "everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum 40 hours in the office per week"

  • Coinbase (-9.7%) said it plans to extend a hiring pause and pull some accepted job offers. Management said the pause will last “for as long as this macro environment requires"

Economy

  • US added 390,000 jobs in May

    • Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast a gain of 328,000 new jobs

    • This was the smallest increase in the last 13 months 

  • US unemployment rose to 3.6% in May compared to 3.5% in April

  • US wage growth slowed to 5.2% in May from 5.5% in April

  • US Non-manufacturing PMI fell to 55.9 in May

    • Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast 56.7%

Commodities

  • Iron ore futures inched higher to US$144.4 a tonne

    • Last week, iron ore prices rose 8.2%

  • Oil rallied through US$120 after solid US nonfarm payroll figures and, the anticipation of a  strong summer travel season and China’s reopening

  • Gold fell back to US$1,850 after the robust nonfarm payroll report

    • Traders were hoping a weaker-than-expected job report could pivot the Fed away from half-point rate hikes, which is now unlikely

 

US Sectors

Monday, 06 June 2022

Sector Chg %
Communication Services -2.37%
Consumer Discretionary -2.85%
Consumer Staples -1.04%
Energy +1.40%
Financials -1.53%
Health Care -1.14%
Sector Chg %
Industrials -0.36%
Information Technology -2.48%
Materials -0.98%
Real Estate -1.24%
Utilities -0.44%

Industry ETFs

Monday, 06 June 2022

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 59.0349 -0.44%
Copper Miners 41.35 -1.48%
Gold 174.35 -1.02%
Lithium & Battery Tech 75.08 -0.99%
Nickel 39.46 -4.02%
Strategic Metals 99.77 -0.35%
Steel 64.34 -1.38%
Silver 20.59 -1.75%
Uranium 22.69 -2.42%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 104.08 -0.06%
Global Jets 20.16 -2.68%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 116.36 +0.12%
Cannabis 3.365 -2.53%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 18.81 -2.50%
Renewables
CleanTech 15.11 -1.19%
Hydrogen 14.68 -3.00%
Solar 74.07 -0.57%
Technology
Cloud Computing 18.57 -3.02%
Cybersecurity 27.27 -1.32%
E-commerce 18.82 -3.08%
Electric Vehicles 25.33 -2.88%
FinTech 25.59 -1.88%
Robotics & AI 24.41 -2.74%
Semiconductor 433.99 -2.99%
Sports Betting/Gaming 17.13 -2.51%
Video Games/eSports 53.67 -3.06%

ASX Sectors to watch

#1 Tech

US tech stocks didn't stand a chance against Musk's dire views about the economy and a stronger-than-expected jobs report.

Solid jobs data will point to higher interest rates, which takes a toll on richly valued tech companies. Notable overnight losers include:

  • Coinbase -9.7%

  • Tesla -9.2%

  • Etsy -7.2%

  • Affirm -5%

  • Block -5%

Mega caps including Meta, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon fell between -2.5% to -4%.

Not a good look for local names like WiseTech (ASX: WTC) and Block (ASX: SQ2).

#2 Travel

Local travel stocks could cop some heat after a broad-based selloff for US airlines.

American Airlines earnings might come under pressure after raising both its revenue and cost forecast. Management said that the carrier has grounded roughly 100 regional jets due to a pilot shortage.

"There is a supply and demand imbalance right now, and it really is within the regional carrier ranks," American Airlines CEO Robert Isom told The Dallas Morning News.

Pilot shortages and surging oil prices will stress test the otherwise bullish travel sector.

#3 Energy

OPEC+ agreed on Thursday that the Group will add 648,000 barrels a day (bpd) of oil to the market in July and August, up from 432,000 bpd in previous months.

The output hike represents a sharp turnaround from the Petroleum Organisation's previous view of sticking to a gradual increase in output.

Even in the face of rising supply, demand side factors including summer driving season, China's reopening and a strong US jobs report pushed oil prices over US$120 a barrel.

USOIL 2022-06-06 08-17-05
Source: TradingView

"Oil will be a very choppy trade given bullish exhaustion could be settling in," said Oanda senior market analyst, Ed Moya.

"This oil market will remain tight throughout this summer, so there should be further upside for oil prices. Unless, Biden’s trip leads to a breakthrough of more output by the Saudis, oil will head higher as we don’t see any significant signs of crude demand destruction."

Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: ALQ, ATM, CIA, IPL, MEC, OCA, WAM 

  • Dividends paid: NAC, NSC

  • Listing: None

  • Issued shares: ADT, AGE, ANX, AUB, AVL, AVR, BRK, CAI, CNR, COD, CZL, EAI, FLT, FRX, GUL, IPT, KCC, KZA, LCT, MGF, NBI, ORA, PPC, PPE, PXX, RLC

Other things of interest (AEST): 

  • China Services PMI (May) at 11:45 am

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

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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