Daily Market Reports | Feb 11 2020
|SPI Overnight (Mar)||6987.00||+ 42.00||0.60%|
|S&P ASX 200||7012.50||– 10.10||– 0.14%|
|Nasdaq Comp||9628.39||+ 107.88||1.13%|
|S&P500 VIX||15.04||– 0.43||– 2.78%|
|US 10-year yield||1.55||– 0.03||– 1.96%|
|USD Index||98.85||+ 0.17||0.17%|
|FTSE100||7446.88||– 19.82||– 0.27%|
|DAX30||13494.03||– 19.78||– 0.15%|
By Greg Peel
Virus Causes Whiplash
Will the coronavirus simply affect a one quarter blip in global growth that will swiftly be recovered in prevailing quarters, or will this virus prove more devastating than its predecessors? As the count reaches 900/40,000, exceeding SARS, this is the question markets are asking.
Given the ASX200 fell -40 points from the open yesterday before closing down -10, and the futures are up 44 points this morning, clearly the answer to the question is a matter of daily swings.
Wall Street had fallen back on Friday night while still closing up 3% for the week, due ostensibly to the virus but also a strong jobs number that silenced those expecting the Fed to join in world-wide central bank easing.
The ASX200 dropped -40 points in the first half hour before stumbling around to midday. At that point it looks like a big buy order hit the market, as an hour and a half later the index was in the green. It is unlikely the Chinese CPI release at the time was the trigger. A reading of 5.4% for January is somewhat distorted.
Beneath the overlay of macro uncertainty, earnings results began to flow yesterday.
JB Hi-Fi ((JBH)) has spent most of the last decade as one of the most shorted stocks on the ASX. The reason as to why is wildly unclear. Virtually every six months the company beats expectations. Yesterday the beat was worth 11.5%, no doubt aided by short-covering.
Aurizon Holdings ((AZJ)) and GPT Group ((GPT)) also saw positive responses while on the flipside, a pre-release from Boral ((BLD)), revealing more accounting irregularities in its windows division, and the announcement of the CEO’s retirement, had that stock down -10.7%.
Sector moves were mixed. JB Hi-Fi helped consumer discretionary up 0.6% but the stalwarts of healthcare (+0.7%) and staples (+0.4%) trudged on. The hits were taken once again in energy (-0.9%) and materials (-0.6%), the latter once again tempered by gold miners.
Financials fell -0.4% but it was less about the banks and more about the insurers, as one might imagine. The Gospers Mountain mega-blaze is now out, thanks to the rain, and now it’s the rain that’s the problem.
IT posted the biggest fall (-1.1%) due to some profit-taking in REA Group ((REA)). REA and Carsales are in the info tech sector while Seek is an industrial. Go figure.
Wall Street posted a not dissimilar session last night in spinning from a -100 point loss for the Dow to a +174 close. On that basis our futures are up 44 points this morning, so yesterday doesn’t mean a lot.
Earnings season has only just begun, nonetheless.
Push and Pull
Earnings season rolls on in the US. With 65% of S&P500 companies having reported, the earnings growth run-rate sits at +1.3% when -2% was forecast for the quarter. Last night’s slew of reports were net positive.
With Facebook suffering from privacy issues and Netflix being clobbered by Disney, we need a new acronym. Alongside gold and US bonds, the “trillion dollar club” of Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon are proving to be a safe haven, continuing to tick higher each day. And in Apple's case, despite the bulk of its supply chain being in China. GAMA?
Last night WHO warned the spread of the coronavirus to people who have not visited China could be “the spark that becomes a bigger fire”.
Chinese factories began to reopen yesterday, many with skeleton staff (no pun intended), but many decided to remain closed.
Wall Street fell early but gradually shifted higher. Earnings results are proving the push while coronavirus is the pull. As to which will win is yet to be determined.
The US ten-year bond rate is now back at 1.55% having bounced to 1.62% last week. There are many who believe a breach of the long-term support level of 1.4% could be on the cards if the virus is not soon contained. Lower bond yields are positive for US stocks, until they’re too low, implying economic growth concerns.
The bottom line, in the US and Australia, is that markets will likely remain volatile and uncertainty will linger until there is a least a plateauing of the virus case count.
|Spot Metals,Minerals & Energy Futures|
|Gold (oz)||1573.10||+ 3.10||0.20%|
|Silver (oz)||17.75||+ 0.09||0.51%|
|Copper (lb)||2.56||+ 0.00||0.02%|
|Aluminium (lb)||0.77||– 0.00||– 0.17%|
|Lead (lb)||0.82||– 0.01||– 1.07%|
|Nickel (lb)||5.84||+ 0.09||1.53%|
|Zinc (lb)||0.97||– 0.01||– 0.58%|
|West Texas Crude||49.54||– 0.78||– 1.55%|
|Brent Crude||53.24||– 1.23||– 2.26%|
|Iron Ore (t) futures||81.70||– 0.95||– 1.15%|
Metals markets seem similarly uncertain at this point and the big swings in gold have subsided for now.
Fears that Russia will not join in with OPEC in cutting production to counter plunging oil demand have oil prices continuing to fall back again.
The Aussie is slightly higher at US$0.6683.
The SPI Overnight closed up 44 points or 0.6%.
Japan is closed today.
The UK December quarter GDP result is due tonight.
Locally we’ll see housing finance data and business confidence.
For a full list of earnings results due today please refer to the FNArena Corporate Results Monitor (https://www.fnarena.com/index.php/reporting_season/).
The Australian share market over the past thirty days…
|BROKER RECOMMENDATION CHANGES PAST THREE TRADING DAYS|
|AQG||ALACER GOLD||Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral||Credit Suisse|
|BLD||BORAL||Upgrade to Buy from Neutral||UBS|
|Downgrade to Underperform from Neutral||Credit Suisse|
|BOQ||BANK OF QUEENSLAND||Upgrade to Neutral from Sell||Citi|
|COL||COLES GROUP||Upgrade to Neutral from Underperform||Credit Suisse|
|Downgrade to Reduce from Hold||Morgans|
|CSR||CSR||Upgrade to Buy from Sell||UBS|
|FLT||FLIGHT CENTRE||Downgrade to Hold from Buy||Ord Minnett|
|GMA||GENWORTH MORTGAGE INSUR||Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral||Macquarie|
|HT1||HT&E LTD||Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform||Credit Suisse|
|JHG||JANUS HENDERSON GROUP||Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral||Macquarie|
|MGR||MIRVAC||Downgrade to Equal-weight from Overweight||Morgan Stanley|
|SEK||SEEK||Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral||Credit Suisse|
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