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Morning wrap: Wall Street rallies as earnings season heats up, oil tumbles, ASX set to rise

Wed 20 Apr 22, 8:12am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 47 points higher, up 0.62%.

A tech-led rally bolstered major US indices as investors digest another set of corporate earnings, Netflix loses subscribers for the first time in a decade, the IMF downgrades its outlook for global growth and oil prices snap a four-day rally.  

Let’s dive in.

Overnight summary

Wed 20 Apr 22, 8:12am (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
US Indices
S&P 500 4462.21 +1.61%
Dow Jones 34,911 +1.45%
NASDAQ Comp 13,620 +2.15%
Russell 2000 2,031 +2.04%
Country Indices
Canada 22,019 +0.64%
China 3,194 -0.05%
Germany 14,153 -0.07%
Hong Kong 21,028 -2.28%
India 56,463 -1.23%
Japan 26,985 +0.69%
United Kingdom 7,601 -0.20%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,952.30 -0.34%
Iron Ore 154.58 -
Copper 4.705 -0.28%
WTI Oil 103.05 +0.48%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.7379 +0.04%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 56,022 +0.73%
Ethereum (AUD) 4,199 +1.29%
Miscellaneous
US 10 Yr T-bond 2.913 +1.78%
VIX 21 -3.61%

Stocks

  • Major US indices snapped a two-day losing streak amid a busy week for March quarter earnings reports and a pullback in energy prices

  • Last week, several US banks delivered somewhat disappointing first quarter results

  • 10 out of 11 US sectors were green

  • Discretionary, real estate, tech and industrials outperformed

  • Energy was the only red sector amid a sharp pullback in oil prices 

  • 71% of US stocks advanced, indicating a broad-based rally

  • 61% of US stocks trade below their 200-day moving average (63% on Tuesday, 64% a week ago)

  • Netflix shares plunged -25% in after hours after subscriber numbers fell for the first time in a decade. The streaming platform lost -200,000 subscribers in the March quarter

  • Johnson & Johnson rose 3% even after lowering its full-year sales guidance to US$94.8bn to US$95.8bn, around US$1bn lower than its previous guidance. J&J flagged rising costs due to supply constraints and inflation pressures

  • IBM rose 2.4% after beating both top and bottom line consensus expectations, and raised its full-year guidance. The technology services company also flagged the “escalating cost of talent acquisition”

  • US earnings to watch out for tomorrow: Procter & Gamble, Nasdaq, United Airlines, Tesla 

Economy

  • St Louis Fed President James Bullard has indicated the possibility of 75 bps rate hikes. Though, he acknowledges that this is not the base case yet 

  • The International Monetary Fund said the Russia-Ukraine war will take a massive toll on global economic growth this year, downgrading global growth expectations to 3.6%

    • The institution does not expect a recession or stagflation in the US or Europe

  • US housing starts rose 0.3% on-the-month in March despite high inflation and surging mortgage rates

Commodities

  • Iron ore prices slipped, in-line with the broad-based pullback in commodity prices

  • Oil prices fell as lower economic growth forecasts and a slowdown in the Chinese economy sink in

  • Gold prices pull back sharply as profit taking kicks in 

 

US Sectors

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Sector Chg %
Communication Services +2.07%
Consumer Discretionary +2.91%
Consumer Staples +1.47%
Energy -0.96%
Financials +1.32%
Health Care +0.93%
Sector Chg %
Industrials +1.81%
Information Technology +1.84%
Materials +0.93%
Real Estate +2.12%
Utilities +0.61%

Industry ETFs

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 69.96 -2.49%
Copper Miners 46.53 -0.41%
Gold 184.61 -1.51%
Lithium & Battery Tech 72.01 +1.40%
Nickel 44.98 +0.49%
Strategic Metals 108.76 +2.44%
Steel 69.94 +0.33%
Silver 23.87 -2.64%
Uranium 27.17 -1.14%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 111.68 +0.87%
Global Jets 21.51 +2.79%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 127.1 +0.96%
Cannabis 4.58 +0.87%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 25.39 +2.13%
Renewables
CleanTech 15.73 +2.29%
Hydrogen 18.02 +2.94%
Solar 71.66 +2.23%
Technology
Cloud Computing 20.91 +2.82%
Cybersecurity 31.13 +1.86%
E-commerce 20.7 +2.13%
Electric Vehicles 25.31 +2.65%
FinTech 29.28 +3.48%
Robotics & AI 25.8 +2.05%
Semiconductor 423.09 +2.19%
Sports Betting/Gaming 18.38 +2.07%
Video Games/eSports 54.04 +0.87%

ASX Sectors to watch

#1 Tech 

Tech stocks led a broad-based rally on Wall Street, even after Netflix's -25% plunge in after hours.

The Global X FinTech, Cloud and eCommerce ETFs all rose at least 2%, with notable winners including:

  • Block +5.2%

  • Affirm +5.2%

  • Zoom +5.1%

  • Etsy +4.4%

  • Amazon +3.5%

Strong gains from US BNPL names would bode well with local players like Zip (ASX: Z1P). The ASX-listed Block (ASX: SQ2) is expected to have a strong open after a rally from its US-listed counterpart.

#2 Travel 

The US Global Jets ETF closed above its 200-day moving average for the first time since early February.

Global Jets ETF
Source: TradingView, Annotations by Market Index

The ETF is comprised mostly of US airlines. It also has some small exposure to international airlines, including Qantas (ASX: QAN).

Delta Airlines was a major catalyst for the ETF's recent upbeat performance. Last Thursday, Delta reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and said it expects to turn a profit in the June quarter.

The airline expects capacity to reach around 84% of 2019 levels and mitigating inflationary pressures by raising airfares.

The continued strength in US airlines and travel stocks could point to more positive flow for local names.

#3 Lithium 

Nothing too major in terms of overnight lithium news and ETF movement.

The VanEck Rare Earths/Strategic Metals ETF is trying to stabilise after a sharp pullback.

REMX 2022-04-20 08-00-22
Source: TradingView, Annotations by Market Index

Investors might want to note a diverging performance across local lithium names.

The big established players like Allkem (ASX: AKE) and Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) are somewhat stalling in share price performance relative to the 'new leaders' in the sector.

Names like Core Lithium (ASX: CXO) and Lake Resources (ASX: LKE) re names that have taken short breathers before continuing to rally into all-time highs. Other notable names that could be a 'new leader' in the lithium space include:

#4 Energy

Oil prices fell sharply after a strong four-day rally.

"There remain plenty of upside risks to the oil price, even at these levels, which makes today’s large declines all the more interesting. Protests in Libya have knocked out around half a million barrels per day of output which contributed to Monday’s rally," said Oanda senior market analyst, Craig Erlam.

"As was evidenced by reports of OPEC+ compliance hitting 157% in March, up from 132% in February. In other words, OPEC+ produced 1.45 million barrels per day less than it promised as part of the deal to gradually return output to pre-pandemic levels."

Despite the upside risks to oil, the overnight pullback could send some negative flow to local energy stocks.

Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: SOL

  • Dividends paid: AHX, APE, VAS, 

  • Listing: None today

  • Issued shares: 14D, ADX, AGE, AGY, AJQ, AR1, AT1, ATC, AVL, AYA, BNR, BPM, BSA, BXB, CNU, CU6, CXM, CZN, DUB, ELO, ELT, EMR, FBU, FCT, FZO, GSM, HCH, HYD, IXR, JAT, JRL, K2F, LCL, LIS, LIT, LRS, MFF, MIN, MIO, MLS, MNY, NBI, NZM, OKR, PAB, PAC, PHO, PIC, PVW, QRI, QVE, SGH, SIX, SYA, TD1, TEM, WAR, WAT, WAX, WMA, WMI, WQG

Things of interest (AEST):

  • Canada Inflation Rate (March) at 11:30 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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