The Overnight Report: Not Prepared To Buy

Daily Market Reports | Dec 07 2023

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World Overnight
SPI Overnight 7175.00 – 34.00 – 0.47%
S&P ASX 200 7178.40 + 116.80 1.65%
S&P500 4549.34 – 17.84 – 0.39%
Nasdaq Comp 14146.71 – 83.20 – 0.58%
DJIA 36054.43 – 70.13 – 0.19%
S&P500 VIX 12.97 + 0.12 0.93%
US 10-year yield 4.12 – 0.05 – 1.20%
USD Index 104.21 + 0.22 0.21%
FTSE100 7515.38 + 25.54 0.34%
DAX30 16656.44 + 123.33 0.75%

By Greg Peel

Bad News!

The local market is on drugs.

While Wall Street has stalled of late, the ASX200 has been up, down, up in wild fashion, largely driven by flip-flopping bond yields, which have seen volatility of a like here and in the US never seen before by most in the market.

The index has seen many a session down -100 points this year, but yesterday’s rally of over 100 points was only one of two. Yet, to put things into perspective, at the close yesterday the index was up a whole 15 points from Monday’s intraday high.

Yesterday, the index opened higher and just kept going, no doubt fuelled by momentum algos and a level of seasonal FOMO. After Tuesday’s fall, the market was primed to buy and the release of the September quarter GDP numbers provided the green light.

The GDP grew by only 0.2% in the quarter when 0.5% was forecast, down from 0.4% growth in the June quarter. The economy is slowing. Yay! High inflation, rapidly rising interest rates and a record federal government income tax take have driven Australian living standards to their lowest level in eight years. The household saving-to-income ratio decreased to 1.1% from 2.8%.

The Aussie ten-year yield fell -13 points to 4.28%, and the twos fell -10 points to 3.97%, to be over -35 points below the RBA cash rate. Yesterday’s rally implied an expectation we will not see any more rate hikes.

We might even see cuts next year. Wall Street is certain there will be Fed cuts next year.

It was a Buy Everything session, with most sectors rising 1-2%. The standouts were most rate-sensitive sectors; real estate went up 3.2%, while energy (+0.8%) and utilities (+0.6%) were clear underperformers on falling oil prices.

Oil prices fell -4% last night.

Among individual stocks, Evolution Mining ((EVN)) rather bucked the trend in closing down -13% as it raises capital to fund its new copper acquisition.

Standing out on the upside were lithium stocks, which joined in the rally despite still-falling lithium prices, because they are the most heavily shorted cohort on the market. Core Lithium ((CXO)), which is (or was) over 10% shorted, led the pack with a 17.4% gain.

You needed at least a 10% jump to get on to the top five index leaders’ board. To get on to the losers’ board you just needed to be a gold miner, but we’re talking falls of only -1-2% ex-Evolution.

After yesterday, the market needed a cup of tea, a Bex, and a good lie down. Wall Street has drifted to a weaker close, and our futures are down -34 points this morning.

Day-Long Drift

The US private sector added 103,000 jobs in November according to ADP when 128,000 was forecast, in another sign the US labour market is cooling.

Wall Street opened higher on the news but then spent the rest of the session drifting downward to a weaker close. It appeared more a case of a lack of buying than determined selling. The market is waiting for Friday’s non-farm payrolls report as a true indicator, with the ADP number rarely a reliable indicator.

One commentator suggested “We had such a good run in November that investors are trying to make sure that the run was worth taking”.

The ten-year bond yield nevertheless fell another -5 points on the news, and at 4.12% is rapidly closing in on the 4% level – the break of which to the upside earlier this year sparked significant bond selling.

The market is now pricing in a 60% chance of a Fed rate cut by March, up from 20% a month ago.

Earlier in the session the Russell 2000 small cap index was again enjoying rotation and rising, but it too succumbed by the death and fell -0.2%. Otherwise, the S&P493 had a weak session, as the Mega Caps mainly found buyers.

We still have another session to get through tonight ahead of Friday’s jobs numbers. The forecast is for 190,000 jobs added in November, following the 150,000 result for October which was one of the triggers of the November rally, along with lower than forecast inflation data and an easing in Fed rhetoric.


Spot Metals,Minerals & Energy Futures
Gold (oz) 2027.00 + 8.60 0.43%
Silver (oz) 23.93 – 0.18 – 0.75%
Copper (lb) 3.74 – 0.00 – 0.06%
Aluminium (lb) 0.96 – 0.00 – 0.21%
Nickel (lb) 7.30 + 0.03 0.47%
Zinc (lb) 1.10 + 0.00 0.25%
West Texas Crude 69.31 – 3.14 – 4.33%
Brent Crude 74.26 – 3.03 – 3.92%
Iron Ore (t) 132.92 + 2.15 1.64%

Brazilian iron ore giant Vale said this week China cannot control the price of iron ore, despite its attempts to do so, and it appears that played out yesterday.

There was no new news in the oil market to spark -4% falls, other than the ongoing assumption the “voluntary” OPEC-Plus production cuts imply a free-for-all.

The Aussie is steady at US$0.6551.


The SPI Overnight closed down -34 points or -0.5%.

Trade balance numbers are due today from Australia (October) and China (November).

The Australian share market over the past thirty days…

Index 06 Dec 2023 Week To Date Month To Date (Dec) Quarter To Date (Oct-Dec) Year To Date (2023)
S&P ASX 200 (ex-div) 7178.40 1.49% 1.29% 1.84% 1.98%
BPT Beach Energy Upgrade to Equal-weight from Underweight Morgan Stanley
COL Coles Group Upgrade to Equal-weight from Underweight Morgan Stanley
EDV Endeavour Group Upgrade to Buy from Neutral UBS
IAG Insurance Australia Group Upgrade to Neutral from Sell UBS
STO Santos Downgrade to Equal-weight from Overweight Morgan Stanley
UNI Universal Store Upgrade to Buy from Neutral Citi

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