ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 21 points higher, up 0.29%.
US stocks finished in red but managed to claw back most of its losses.
There are concerns that Russia’s financial meltdown could lead to some degree of contagion.
The ongoing sanctions against Russia is also expected to fuel higher commodity prices, which means inflationary pressures are likely to persist.
Tue 01 Mar 22, 8:33am (AEST)
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The Dow Jones (blue chip) and S&P 500 (large cap) both bounce around 1.3% off session lows
The Nasdaq (tech) outperformed as most tech stocks managed to close the session higher
Buyers stepped up in the final hour of trade after digesting new, severe sanctions against Russia over the weekend. This included:
Russian banks cut off from SWIFT, a financial platform used to transfer money assets
Western countries freezing Russian central bank’s assets
Airspace bans, asset freezes and travel bans against a long list of Russian individuals and companies
49% of US stocks fell, indicating a mixed session
63% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (63% on Monday, same as a week ago)
92% of US companies have reported quarterly earnings. S&P 500 earnings are on-track to hit a record high for a fourth consecutive quarter
On average, operating earnings per share rose 41%
Australian retail turnover rose 1.8% in January following a -4.4% decline in December
The rise was the second highest reading in the last two years
Food retailing had the largest, up 2.2%
The US trade deficit jumped 7.1% in January to US$107.6bn, a fresh all-time high
Reflects huge demand for imported goods, notable autos and oil
The Russian ruble plunged -30% against the US dollar. 1 US dollar is now worth 108 rubles compared to 84 rubles on Friday
Russia’s Central Bank doubles interest rates to 20% in an attempt to protect the ruble and curb hyperinflation
Iron ore prices climbed following a possible severe cyclone in Port Hedland, a key shipment port in Western Australia
Brent crude oil briefly rallied above US$100 on the back of the Russian sanctions. Though, the US and consuming countries are reportedly considering another release of 60-70m barrels from strategic reserves
Palladium prices spiked 5.6% as Russian exports account for approximately 45% of global production
Uranium prices rallied 3.8% to US$48.3/lb according to fuel brokers Numerco
Tuesday, 01 March 2022
Tuesday, 01 March 2022
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|Aerospace & Defense||107.63||+3.98%|
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The Uranium ETF closed above the 200-day moving average for a second session. The ETF is now up 13.6% in the last three sessions.
Uranium spot prices also closed at a 4-month high of US$48.3/lb.
There’s been several recent positive developments for the sector, including:
Sprott’s Physical Uranium Trust due to debut on the NYSE this week
Germany considering extending the life span of remaining nuclear reactors
Russia supplies circa 20% of uranium fuel for Europe and the US, these supplies are now at risk
The positive session for European and US uranium stocks could carry over local names on Tuesday.
See a list of uranium stocks here.
Tech stocks are normally the most hard hit on red days.
Interestingly, US tech stocks outperformed the market. Notable winners include:
This could set up local Block (ASX: SQ2) shares for a positive open, which could also reverberate with the rest of the BNPL sector.
The question is whether or not the stocks can hold onto morning gains, or fade towards close.
The broad-based outperformance for tech could also help other local tech names such as:
The US Global Jets ETF fell -2.2% after Russia closed its airspace for 36 countries in response to Western sanctions. Notable decliners include:
Delta Airlines -3.9%
United Airlines -3.7%
This might not be as impactful for local travel and airline stocks. Lets see what the weak overnight sentiment means for local shares.
US bank stocks were under pressure including:
JP Morgan -4.3%
Bank of America -2%
Wells Fargo -1.6%
Again, this might not be too relevant for local bank stocks. But its still strange to see the US banking sector underperform the broader market by such a wide margin.
ASX corporate actions occurring today:
Ex-dividend: APX, AUB, BGA, DMP, EBG, EDV, EGH, GAP, HGH, HMC, IDX, NBI, ORA, ORG, SDG, WOT
Dividends paid: CIA, DDR, NSR, SLF
Issued shares: 29M, ABR, ACR, AGY, AKO, AND, AUT, CCR, CDP, CHM, EZL, FBU, GMD, GNX, HLS, ILU, KGN, LKO, MAY, MDR, MRD, MRL, MRR, NAB, ORA
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