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Morning wrap: Wall Street rallies as Russia-Ukraine tensions ease, ASX set to jump

Wed 16 Feb 22, 8:40am (AEST)

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ASX Futures (SPI 200) imply the ASX will open 71 points higher, up 1.0%.

Risk appetite improved overnight after Russian troops began pulling back from the Ukraine border.

Major US indices jumped more than 1%, led by tech stocks.

Overnight summary

Tue 15 Feb 22, 9:40pm (AEST)

Name Value Chg %
US Indices
S&P 500 4471.07 +1.58%
Dow Jones 34,989 +1.22%
NASDAQ 100 14,140 +2.53%
Russell 2000 2,076 +2.74%
Country Indices
Canada 21,503 +0.70%
China 3,446 +0.50%
Germany 15,413 +1.98%
Hong Kong 24,356 -0.82%
India 58,142 +3.08%
Japan 26,865 -0.79%
United Kingdom 7,609 +1.03%
Name Value Chg %
Commodities (USD)
Gold 1,853.90 -0.83%
Iron Ore 146.76 -
Copper 4.529 +0.48%
WTI Oil 92.01 -3.61%
Currency
AUD/USD 0.7148 +0.32%
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin (AUD) 61,666 +3.78%
Ethereum (AUD) 4,350 +6.73%
Miscellaneous
U.S. 10 Year Treasury 2.045 +2.45%
VIX 25 -10.41%

Stocks 

  • Russia maintained that it never intended to invade Ukraine and the return of some troops is in-line with original plans

  • Recent losers bounced the most, notably technology, travel and renewable energy/green metals

  • The Dow Jones (blue chip) and S&P 500 (large cap) closed above their 200-day moving averages - a much needed bounce to stay out of trouble. Though, the risk environment remains elevated 

  • 78% of US stocks advanced, meaning the rally was broad-based and not isolated towards a handful of mega cap stocks 

  • 61% of US stocks remain below their 200-day moving averages, meaning the market lacks breadth and remains bearish 

  • Marriott International shares jumped 5% to all-time highs after December quarter revenues doubled to US$4.5bn versus FactSet consensus of US$4bn   

Economy

  • US January producer-price index rose 1% on-the-month, double the 0.5% increase expected by economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal 

  • Inflation at the producer level has risen 9.7% compared to last year 

  • Wage inflation in the UK rose 4.3% in the three months to December, well above consensus expectations of a 3.8% increase 

Commodities 

  • Iron ore prices hit limit-downs of -10% on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange

  • Chinese market watchdogs have instructed iron ore market participants to carefully check and verify the information, warning that they will face severe punishments if they are found spreading false information to inflate prices

  • Oil prices pulled back sharply as invasion fears recede

  • The risk-on attitude and Russia-Ukraine de-escalation drove gold prices lower


US Sectors

Tue 15 Feb 22, 9:40pm (AEST)

Sector Chg %
Communication Services +1.26%
Consumer Discretionary +2.08%
Consumer Staples +0.18%
Energy -1.39%
Financials +1.37%
Health Care +1.14%
Sector Chg %
Industrials +1.51%
Information Technology +2.74%
Materials +1.89%
Real Estate +0.39%
Utilities -0.55%

Industry ETFs

Tue 15 Feb 22, 9:40pm (AEST)

Description Last Chg %
Commodities
Aluminum 68.4225 -1.35%
Copper Miners 41.05 +0.54%
Gold 174.74 -0.98%
Lithium & Battery Tech 74.32 +4.79%
Nickel 30.8132 +0.10%
Strategic Metals 102.67 +3.97%
Steel 57.32 +1.17%
Silver 22.05 -2.00%
Uranium 21.33 +2.06%
Industrials
Aerospace & Defense 104.09 +1.73%
Global Jets 22.15 +5.73%
Healthcare
Biotechnology 127.68 +1.80%
Cannabis 5.56 +3.78%
Description Last Chg %
Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin 26.53 +4.79%
Renewables
CleanTech 14.05 +6.55%
Hydrogen 15.42 +9.40%
Solar 61.73 +6.11%
Technology
Cloud Computing 22.45 +2.05%
Cybersecurity 29.27 +1.84%
E-commerce 24.67 +3.73%
Electric Vehicles 27.67 +4.45%
FinTech 32.7 +1.93%
Robotics & AI 28.86 +4.02%
Semiconductor 464.46 +5.52%
Sports Betting/Gaming 22.09 +3.17%
Video Games/eSports 61.45 +3.40%

ASX Sectors to watch

Investors can breathe a sigh of relief as Russia-Ukraine developments take a step towards the right direction. Now we only have to worry about inflation and interest rates.

#1 Iron ore 

China’s investigation into domestic iron ore activities spooked prices on local exchanges such as the Dalian Commodity Exchange and Singapore Exchange. 

Will these actions weigh on iron ore prices in the short-to-medium term?

Fortescue (ASX: FMG) shares reversed sharply on Tuesday, down -5.1%.

Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) fell -2.3%. While BHP (ASX: BHP) was down just -0.3%, buoyed by the release of its record half-year earnings

In contrast to China's controlling actions, they have announced intentions to boost infrastructure and real estate investment, and three weeks ago, unexpectedly cut borrowing costs for medium-term loans.

This would naturally lead to a surge in demand for commodities, notably iron ore.

#2 Travel 

Most US airlines rallied at least 5%, Airbnb surged 6%, closing at intraday highs and Booking.com added 3.5%. 

The Global Jets ETF is looking promising, rallying back up to 3-month highs overnight. Investors should keep an eye out as to whether or not it can rally above the trend line.

Global Jets ETF
Source: TradingView

The encouraging overnight session could help snap the losing streak for local airlines and travel booking companies.

#3 Lithium 

The Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF bounced right on cue from $74. The ETF needs a follow through session to reclaim the 200-day moving average for a more positive outlook.

LIT 2022-02-15 08-29-38
Source: TradingView

Most mid-large cap ASX lithium stocks have declined at least -10% in the past week. The overnight rebound could see some positive flow for local players.

#4 Gold 

“Soaring demand for gold in recent days has cooled after Russia confirmed the planned withdrawal of some troops; the first sign of de-escalation on the Ukrainian border amid warnings of an invasion,” said Oanda senior market analyst, Craig Erlam. 

“It peaked earlier today around US$1,880 but now finds itself testing US$1,850, a level that prior to the invasion warnings on Friday had been a notable level of resistance. Should gold erase its invasion premium, we could see it move back towards US$1,830 where it had stabilised around the middle of last week.” 

It looks like gold bulls might have to go back to what gold bulls do best - sit and wait.

#5 Energy

Oil prices have become fixated on breaking above the symbolic US$100 a barrel mark. The de-escalation on the Ukrainian border has reduced the risk of Russian sanctions, which could have put global oil supply at risk (Russia is the world’s second largest oil and gas producer). 

“The market is still extremely tight, which is why we’re seeing the prospect of an invasion drive up prices so much. In the absence of some unilateral action from Saudi Arabia, or a nuclear deal between the US and Iran, it may still not be too far away,” said Erlam. 

This could see a pullback for local energy names, notably:


Today's events

ASX corporate actions occurring today:

  • Ex-dividend: CBA, IAG, MAM, NEW

  • Dividends paid: PGG 

  • Issued shares: AOA, ART, CF1, CHR, KNM, LCL, LMG, LOT, MCT, MGF, PBH, PGD, SCN, SYA, SZL, TIE, TMK

Other things of interest 

  • 12:30 pm AEDT: China January inflation 

  • 6:00 pm AEDT: UK January inflation 

 

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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