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Morning Wrap: Wall St spirals lower amid inflation and recession fears, ASX set to plunge

Tue 14 Jun 22, 8:39am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX 200 will open 181 points lower, down -2.8%. 

Wall Street was a sea of red as inflation fears intensified, the Fed might have to tighten as much as possible to get prices under control, Beijing lockdowns likely amid dozens of new covid cases, cryptocurrencies crash and yields are surging like its 2007.

Let’s dive in.

Overnight summary

Tue 14 Jun 22, 8:39am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
Major Indices
S&P 500 3,750 -3.88%
Dow Jones 30,517 -2.79%
NASDAQ Comp 10,809 -4.68%
Russell 2000 1,715 -4.76%
Country Indices
Canada 19,743 -2.63%
China 3,256 -0.89%
Germany 13,427 -2.43%
Hong Kong 21,068 -3.39%
India 52,847 -2.68%
Japan 26,987 -3.01%
United Kingdom 7,206 -1.53%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,815.60 -0.88%
Iron Ore 140.34 -
Copper 4.198 -0.33%
WTI Oil 120.72 -0.17%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.6928 +0.10%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 33,128 -16.64%
Ethereum (AUD) 1,770 -17.16%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 3.366 +6.65%
VIX 34 +22.59%

Markets

The Wall Street heatmap was red enough to keep your hands warm. The Fed has lost its credibility to keep inflation under control, now stuck between sending the economy into a recession or stagflation.

Uncertainty with just how aggressive the Fed will get with interest rates, a new covid outbreak in Beijing, the ugly inflation report last Friday and surging bond yields is painting a very dark picture for equities.

  • The US 2-year Treasury yield is up 55 percentage points (20% rally) in the last two sessions to 3.37%, the highest since December 2007

    • The 2-year has staged its biggest one-day increase since the week Lehman filed for bankruptcy

  • The expectations of a 75 bps rate hike on Thursday has hit 85% (Zerohedge)

  • All 11 US sectors declined

  • All S&P 500 companies closed in red, the first time since 1990 (Bloomberg)

  • S&P 500 P/E ratio has fallen to below 18 for the first time since 2018

    • The median PE since 1988 is 18.4

  • Consumer staples was a relative ‘safe-haven’, down -2.2% compared to -3.9%

  • Energy, real estate, discretionary, utilities and tech sectors fell more than -4%

  • 86% of US stocks declined

  • 77% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (69% on Friday, 66% a week ago)

Stocks

  • Oracle (-4.5%, after hours: 11.6%) beat earnings estimates, posting moderate growth in cloud services and licence support

    • “We experienced a major increase in demand in our infrastructure cloud business - which grew 39% in constant currency. We believe that this revenue spike indicates that our infrastructure business has now entered a hyper-growth phase,” said CEO Safra Catz

  • Tesla (-7.1%) is among several beaten-up tech shares that sold off heavily overnight

  • DocuSign (-10.3%) is now down -32% in the last two sessions. The eSignature tech company missed its first-quarter earnings and cut its growth guidance last Friday 

  • Coinbase (-11.4%) shares are under pressure amid a broad-based cryptocurrency selloff. Bitcoin was down almost -20% over the weekend, below US$23,000

Economy

  • US inflation increased 8.6% on the year in May, a fresh 40-year high

    • Beat economist expectations of an 8.3% rise

  • US core inflation (excludes volatile food and energy components) rose 6.0% from a year ago

Commodities

  • Iron ore futures softened on Monday due to depressed market sentiment after fresh cases of covid emerged in Beijing over the weekend, sources told Fastmarkets

  • Oil prices remain unchanged despite the overnight carnage, reminding investors that energy markets remain extremely tight

  • Gold prices are under pressure as traders reassess more aggressive interest rate hikes to get inflation under control  

 

US Sectors

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Sector Chg %
Communication Services -4.43%
Consumer Discretionary -4.66%
Consumer Staples -2.18%
Energy -5.13%
Financials -2.95%
Health Care -3.01%
Sector Chg %
Industrials -3.03%
Information Technology -4.47%
Materials -3.92%
Real Estate -4.78%
Utilities -4.63%

Industry ETFs

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 56.76 -3.44%
Copper Miners 38.46 -5.28%
Gold 174.54 -2.64%
Lithium & Battery Tech 72.53 -2.80%
Nickel 36.285 -6.20%
Strategic Metals 93.53 -3.89%
Steel 58.36 -5.59%
Silver 20.19 -3.42%
Uranium 21.95 -7.88%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 100.23 -3.74%
Global Jets 18.21 -6.86%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 110.48 -4.08%
Cannabis 18.18 -8.80%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 17.95 -20.22%
Renewables
CleanTech 14.41 -7.29%
Hydrogen 12.91 -8.21%
Solar 73.44 -6.28%
Technology
Cloud Computing 17 -6.41%
Cybersecurity 25.58 -5.28%
E-commerce 17.81 -6.22%
Electric Vehicles 23.3 -5.67%
FinTech 22.88 -6.42%
Robotics & AI 22.31 -5.74%
Semiconductor 389.3 -5.77%
Sports Betting/Gaming 15.62 -7.55%
Video Games/eSports 51.06 -4.96%

ASX Sectors to watch

The ASX will have to digest two god-awful US sessions after the public holiday on Monday.

Respect risk and stay safe out there. You can walk away from the screens whenever.

#1 Tech

Beaten-up tech names headlined losses, serving as a reminder that if something is down -90%, it can still fall another -90%. Major overnight losers include:

  • Draftkings -15.8%

  • Block -12.6%

  • Affirm -12.3%

  • Nvidia -7.8%

  • Tesla -7.1%

#2 Uranium

The Global X Uranium ETF was one of the largest decliners among the ETFs we track, down -7.9%.

Uranium spot prices dipped -4% to US$49/lb according to fuel brokers Numerco.

#3 Travel

The US Global Jets ETF dipped -6.9%, now trading around November 2020 lows - this was a few months before the vaccine was developed.

JETS 2022-06-14 08-25-43
Source: TradingView

Airfares in the US rose 12.6% month-on-month in May, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics. Prices are up 37.8% compared to a year ago.

#4 Copper

Copper prices are down -4.1% in the last two sessions, reflecting a gloomy economic outlook.

From a technical perspective, copper remains within its longstanding trading range, between US$4 and US$4.7.

HG1! 2022-06-14 08-26-51
Source: TradingView

#5 Energy

Oil prices remained unphased amid the carnage, holding at US$120 a barrel.

"The EIA reported that 119 companies only spent US$244 billion on E&D in 2021, which is 28% less than before COVID average levels," said Oanda senior market analyst, Ed Moya.

"The oil market is still very tight as the crude demand outlook remains strong, while supplies are razor thin. ​ Eventually crude demand destruction will occur, but that is not the story today nor will it be until later in the summer."

Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: CIM, KMD 

  • Dividends paid: AMC, KKC, WHF

  • Listing: KNG

  • Issued shares

Other things of interest (AEST): 

  • Australia NAB Business Confidence (May) at 11:30 am

  • UK Unemployment Rate (April) at 4:00 pm

  • US Producer Price Index (May) at 10:30 pm

 

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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