Morning Market Update - 22 June 2022

By Phillip Smith - June 22, 2022

Pre-Open Data

Australian and International Markets

Key Data for the Week

  • Wednesday – EUR – Consumer Confidence
  • Wednesday – UK – Consumer Price Index

S&P ASX 200 Last 12 Months

Australian Market

The Australian sharemarket rebounded 1.4% on Tuesday to end a seven-day losing streak. Sentiment was boosted by Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe, where he reassured investors he “doesn’t see a recession on the horizon” and reiterated that Australians should be prepared for further rate hikes.

Stronger iron ore prices lifted the Materials sector, which closed up 1.6%. Fortescue Metals gained 3.5% and Rio Tinto rose 2.3%, while Mineral Resources lifted 2.1% and BHP closed up 1.7%. Gold miners were mixed; Northern Star Resources and Newcrest Mining eked out gains of 0.5% and 0.4% respectively, while Evolution Mining slipped 0.6%.

The Financials sector posted a 2.7% gain. NAB was the main outperformer, up 3.8%, followed by Westpac, which added 2.7%, while ANZ and Commonwealth Bank rose 2.6% and 2.4% respectively. Fund managers also enjoyed gains; Challenger climbed 4.4% and Australian Ethical Investment advanced 4.3%, while Magellan Financial Group lifted 3.7%.

The REITs sector weakened; Stockland slipped 1.1% and GPT Group fell 1.4%, while Dexus gave up 1.7% despite its announcement that 177 of its assets have been revalued externally, which has resulted in an increase of approximately $374 million on prior book values for the six months to 30 June 2022.

Health Care was one of three sectors to finish in the red. Sonic Healthcare retreated 2.1% and Cochlear slid 1.6%, while biotechnology heavyweight CSL slipped 1.2%. However, Ramsay Health Care bucked the trend to add 0.2.%.

The Australian futures market points to a 0.74% rise today, driven by stronger overseas markets.

Overseas Markets

European sharemarkets advanced overnight. A rally in the price of oil boosted the Energy sector; BP rose 0.9%, while Royal Dutch Shell lifted 1.9%. Banking stocks also closed higher; Deutsche Bank lifted 0.5%, while Barclays Bank and HSBC both added 0.2%. By the close of trade, the STOXX Europe 600 and UK FTSE 100 both closed up 0.4%, while the German DAX rose 0.2%.

US sharemarkets also closed higher on Tuesday, as all sectors posted gains of over 1.5%. The Energy sector rallied 5.1%; ExxonMobil climbed 6.2%, while Chevron jumped 4.2%. Technology majors also advanced; Fortinet added 4.5% and NVIDIA gained 4.3%, while Alphabet and Apple gained 3.9% and 3.2% respectively. By the close of trade, the NASDAQ, S&P 500 and Dow Jones all lifted between 2.2% and 2.5%.

CNIS Perspective

A meaningful reduction in US inflation seems unlikely with wages growth at current levels, so it is likely the Federal Reserve will have to manufacture an increase in unemployment with further aggressive rate hikes and ultimately a recession.

It is important to note that in the United States there has never been a jump in unemployment of more than 0.5% without a forthcoming recession.

One of the most historically accurate leading indicators of a recession has been inverted yield curves. The below chart shows that over the past 30 years, each time the US yield curve has inverted (below the blue horizontal line), a US recession (shown by the orange bars) has tended to follow, along with a significant drawdown in equities. This includes 2001, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the COVID-19 crisis.

The yield curve inverted in April this year and currently sits very close to that zero bound again.

The funny thing about recessions is that you don’t officially know you are in one, until months after it has set in.

Difference in 10-year and 2-year interest rates and S&P 500

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