The Overnight Report: Inflation Too Much To Bear

Daily Market Reports | Jun 27 2024

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The local market is poised for a weak opening with materials, financials and energy out of favour overnight and follow-on reverberations from yesterday’s CPI shock.

World Overnight
SPI Overnight 7689.00 – 85.00 – 1.09%
S&P ASX 200 7783.00 – 55.80 – 0.71%
S&P500 5477.90 + 8.60 0.16%
Nasdaq Comp 17805.16 + 87.50 0.49%
DJIA 39127.80 + 15.64 0.04%
S&P500 VIX 12.55 – 0.29 – 2.26%
US 10-year yield 4.32 + 0.08 1.84%
USD Index 106.06 + 0.43 0.41%
FTSE100 8225.33 – 22.46 – 0.27%
DAX30 18155.24 – 22.38 – 0.12%

By Chris Weston, Head of Research, Pepperstone

Good morning,

-AUD in focus as we look towards the RBA deputy Gov speech
-Asia equity opening calls looking soggy
-US equity closes higher, with Amazon and Tesla attracting the flows
-Focus switching to US politics with the first Presidential debate ahead
-Gold eyes a test of the range lows

Perhaps the biggest debate I’ve fielded with colleagues and clients is whether the RBA hike in the August meeting it strongly divides opinion, where opinion seems skewed depending on the individual’s own circumstances and whether they have a mortgage.

The Aussie interest rate futures concurs with this sentiment, with 12bp of hikes priced for the August RBA meeting, and the market now awaits the June employment report (18 July), and the Q2 CPI report (31 July), for the RBA’s call to be truly influenced.  

We may well get some needed clarity and steer on yesterday’s Aus CPI report, and how it feeds into RBA’s thinking later today when RBA deputy Governor Andrew Hauser speaks at 20:00 AEST – so an event risk for traders, as this could put further volatility into Aussie rates and the AUD.

Until we get that guidance from Hauser, the broad market view aligns with the anecdotal debates I’ve had, with pricing implying an August hike at 50% that pricing is supporting the AUD, notably vs the GBP, JPY, and NZD where we’ve seen upbeat flows. It is also seemingly a headwind for the ASX200, which is set to open -1% lower, with SPI futures sold all through European trade, and failing to bounce, despite the S&P500 cash market finding buyers into the close.

I hear that a -25bp hike will crash the Aussie economy I do, however, question that view, and while consumption will no doubt be impacted by higher real policy rates, most households will begrudgingly price in the additional cost and move on psychologically a hike will hurt, but there is a stark difference between a token -25bp hike and that of a hiking cycle Clearly if the average household felt the RBA were to start a series of hikes it would cause real change in spending behaviours, but that is highly unlikely.

Our opening calls for Asia are for lower levels, although the net change in the S&P500 (+0.2%) and NAS100 (+0.3%) does offer Asia some support. That said, 66% of S&P500 stocks closed lower, and we see materials, financials and energy sectors closing in the red, so the read-through is poor and as we have seen in the tape of SPI futures, global capital does not want to be centred in a market where the central bank could be looking to restrict policy and we could see higher real policy rates.

At a stock level, Tesla (+4.8%) has found some good flow and regardless of what I think of the stock, the market is warming to whatever they see, and the price action looks bullish a push higher seems more probable than not, and we’ll see how it fares if we see a move into big resistance seen between US$205.64 to US$206.77. Amazon (+3.9%) is another name getting a work over from momentum accounts, and this is raging hot, and longs look towards US$200. Apple (+2%) has found good buyers, and the skew in positioning is for a pushback towards US$217.

The US Treasury market gets attention with yields 7-8bp higher across the 5-30yr maturities. The US 10yr Treasury has held a range of 4.20% to 4.30% in recent times, but we see sellers taking yield higher and out of that range, and the result has been a decent steepening of the 2s v 10s curve.

There will be a focus on the US first Presidential debate at 9 pm EDT, although I am sceptical this event moves markets to any great degree.

However, it could be important in setting the scene as we roll towards 5 November. We know it will last 90 minutes and set up are for microphones to only be on when either Biden or Trump are due to speak so no interruptions, which could favour Biden’s prospects. Biden will be out to make a statement and show voting America that he is the man for the job, despite concerns about his age and health, and as we saw in the State of the Union speech a good performance could boost his polling.

As it stands, prediction markets have Trump firmly favoured to take the White House, although the national polling averages are far closer. By way of example, the FiveThirtyEight national polling average has Trump at 40.8% and Biden at 40.9%, while RealClear has the polling average at 46.5% and 45.2%, respectively.

The moves in US treasury yields and the stronger USD have impacted gold, and we see the XAUUSD price breaking rising trend support (drawn from the 10 June low), with shorts now looking for a retest of the multi-month range lows of US$2283 one for the radar, as a break of US$2283 would be significant. We can look at XAUAUD too given the strength in the AUD, and see a breakdown here, and I like this traded from the short side it’s also not a great input for Aussie gold miners, who will face headwinds on open today.

Elsewhere, crude +0.1% despite reports showing inventories are the highest since April. Copper is flat, while Dalian iron ore futures have found a bid and sit up 2.2%.

On the calendar today:

-May Job vacancies

-Lots and lots of REITS going ex-div, including ((ARF)), ((CHC)), ((CIP)), ((CLW)), ((COF)), et cetera

-The number of stocks going ex-div today is reportedly at least 36

-Speech by Reserve Bank (RBA) Deputy Governor Andrew Hauser

Elsewhere:

-China industrial profits

-Japan Retail sales April

-Eurozone consumer confidence

-Riksbank in Sweden monetary policy meeting

-US Durable Goods orders

-US GDP Q1

-US Initial jobless claims May

Corporate news in Australia

-Qatar Airways to acquire 20% in yet to be listed Virgin Australia

-Medibank Private ((MPL)) and Macquarie Group ((MQG)) exploring M&A opportunities in primary healthcare

-Ampol ((ALD)) looking for M&A in food franchise sector

-Bannerman Energy ((BMN)) capital raising

Also: A survey among attendees at JPMorgan’s Macro Quantitative and Derivatives Conference in New York on June 18 has revealed nearly half expects the S&P500 to end the year between 5500 and 6000, less than a fifth expects it to be below 5000.

Plus: all 31 US banks have passed the Federal Reserve’s annual stress test.

Spot Metals,Minerals & Energy Futures
Gold (oz) 2309.70 – 21.90 – 0.94%
Silver (oz) 29.09 – 0.15 – 0.51%
Copper (lb) 4.37 + 0.00 0.04%
Aluminium (lb) 1.13 + 0.01 0.56%
Nickel (lb) 7.70 – 0.05 – 0.61%
Zinc (lb) 1.33 + 0.04 2.93%
West Texas Crude 80.88 + 0.11 0.14%
Brent Crude 84.49 + 0.38 0.45%
Iron Ore (t) 106.56 + 0.01 0.01%

The Australian share market over the past thirty days

Index 26 Jun 2024 Week To Date Month To Date (Jun) Quarter To Date (Apr-Jun) Year To Date (2024)
S&P ASX 200 (ex-div) 7783.00 -0.17% 1.06% -1.44% 2.53%
BROKER RECOMMENDATION CHANGES PAST THREE TRADING DAYS
A11 Atlantic Lithium Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform Macquarie
AGY Argosy Minerals Downgrade to Underperform from Neutral Macquarie
BGL Bellevue Gold Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral Macquarie
CAJ Capitol Health Downgrade to Hold from Buy Bell Potter
CCX City Chic Collective Downgrade to Hold from Buy Bell Potter
Downgrade to Neutral from Buy Citi
CKF Collins Foods Upgrade to Buy from Neutral UBS
CMM Capricorn Metals Upgrade to Neutral from Underperform Macquarie
DRR Deterra Royalties Downgrade to Equal-weight from Overweight Morgan Stanley
EVN Evolution Mining Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral Macquarie
Downgrade to Neutral from Buy UBS
GLN Galan Lithium Downgrade to Underperform from Neutral Macquarie
GOR Gold Road Resources Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral Macquarie
MIN Mineral Resources Downgrade to Neutral from Outperform Macquarie
MTS Metcash Upgrade to Buy from Accumulate Ord Minnett
NHC New Hope Upgrade to Neutral from Underperform Macquarie
PME Pro Medicus Upgrade to Hold from Sell Ord Minnett
RMD ResMed Downgrade to Neutral from Buy Citi
RMS Ramelius Resources Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral Macquarie
S32 South32 Downgrade to Equal-weight from Overweight Morgan Stanley
SBM St. Barbara Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral Macquarie
SGR Star Entertainment Downgrade to Hold from Add Morgans
SUL Super Retail Upgrade to Buy from Neutral UBS
WGX Westgold Resources Upgrade to Outperform from Neutral Macquarie

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