Key Data for the Week
Key economic data released this week:
The Australian sharemarket rose 0.2% yesterday, in a mixed session of trade. The Consumer Discretionary sector outperformed; Harvey Norman rose 4.9% after the company announced a 20% rise in profit, Adairs lifted 4.8% and JB Hi-Fi gained 4.1%.
Cromwell Property Group lifted 8.1% to help lift the REITs sector, after the company received a takeover offer from ARA Asset Management to help.
Investment manager Challenger slumped 9.8% after the company completed a $270 million capital raise. The big four banks were mostly lower; Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac all fell between 0.6% and 0.7%, while ANZ rose 0.1%.
Woolworths slipped 0.8% after announcing its full-year earnings could be 2.7% lower, amid an increase of $275 million in costs for the June quarter related to COVID-19 store hygiene, social distancing requirements and supply chain flexibility.
Mining heavyweights BHP and Rio Tinto rose 0.8% and 1.4% respectively to help lift the Materials sector.
The Australian futures market points to a 0.15% rise today.
European sharemarkets rose on Tuesday, following signs that business activity was rebounding faster than expected. In the UK, Prime Minister Johnson confirmed that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen with coronavirus precautions in place from 4 July. Lloyds Bank and Barclays rose 3.5% and 1.4% respectively to help lift the Financials sector. UK real estate company Rightmove slipped 4.1%, after the company announced it will extend its discount support over August and September, which will result in a reduction in revenue of £17-20 million, in addition to the £65-75 million impact expected for the discount during April to July. By the close of trade, the broad based STOXX Europe 600 rose 1.3%.
US sharemarkets also closed higher overnight, as President Trump said the US-China trade deal was fully intact after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News the deal was over. The Consumer Discretionary, Information Technology and Health Care sectors led the gains. Alibaba and Amazon gained 3.3% and 1.9% respectively, Apple lifted 2.1%, Facebook rose 1.3% and Microsoft rose 0.7%. Cybersecurity company Fortinet slipped 4.1%, while still being near all-time highs.
By the close of trade, the Dow Jones rose 0.9%, the S&P 500 added 1.0% and the NASDAQ gained 1.3%.
As the squeeze on household incomes becomes more apparent, mortgage delinquency rates in the US are on the rise. In May, the delinquency rate rose to 7.76%, from 6.45% in April and 3.39% in March. The total number of loans in arrears, by more than 30 days, has risen to 4.3 million, the highest level since November 2011.
With high unemployment across the US, significant pressure remains on household incomes, and with government stimulus for unemployed Americans of US$600 per week set come to an end in July, it’s hard to see these numbers begin to reverse anytime soon.
Australia has its own issue to deal with in this regard. Delinquency rates have been benign to date and not showing the same level of distress, however, this is due to Australian banks offering borrower’s loan deferrals.
The current deferral scheme and government JobKeeper and JobSeeker packages are due to expire at the end of September. With over 770,000 home and business loans worth $237bn currently deferred, it’s only a matter of time before delinquency rates begin to rise here.
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