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Yesterday, the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) announced lenders had cut their 5-year loan prime rate (LPR) by 25 basis points to 3.95%; it was the first cut since June, reaffirming Xi Jinping’s intentions to reinvigorate their economy, which the prolonged property crisis has weighed down. This was the biggest-ever cut to the key mortgage reference rate as Chinese banks cut rates to incentivise borrowing; the targeted stimulus will increase the potential pool of buyers as apartment prices continue to slip lower.

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The Match Out: Tensions cause a soft Monday, support for equities remains though

An escalation of aggression in the Middle East over the weekend was the main cause for concern today, weighing on the local market from the get-go. The weakness didn’t cause any contagion though, equities seemed pretty well supported after hitting a low just before midday, i.e. panic didn’t set in and traders are still using dips to edge into the ASX. Energy was the main winner today, that was despite Oil markets giving back some of the gains seen on Friday night. Materials were also surprisingly well-supported thanks to US imposing further sanctions on Russian commodities, a trade we are well-positioned for.

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Macro Monday: How quickly will equities look through the Middle East news

Iran and a number of its allies launched a large-scale drone and missile attack upon Israel on Saturday night in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria. The prospects of a full-blown conflict in the region have increased dramatically over the last week, with at least nine countries involved in Saturday's conflict, projectiles fired from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen were downed by Israel, the US and France, as well as Jordan. Following Iran's attack, the U.S. pledged "ironclad" backing for Israel, but President Joe Biden made it clear the US would not participate in any offensive operations against Iran.

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Morning report

What Matters Today: Is the NEXTDC raise likely to create opportunities in the Tech Sector?

As subscribers may have read, NEXTDC (NXT) is tapping the market for $1.3bn; some investors might be tempted to fund the raise by the data centre operator with other ASX tech names, hence today's report. Last night's +1.65% surge by the NASDAQ-100 illustrated there's still plenty of life left in the sector, especially if we do see the Fed and ECB start cutting rates this year. For all of the talk around excessive valuations and sticky inflation, the US tech sector is still less than 1% below its all-time high.

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Afternoon report

The Match Out: Stocks bounce from lows, Energy & Resources rally

Stocks were hit early on the back of the hotter inflation print in the US overnight, the ASX down ~100pts at its worst, before a spirited/impressive recovery played out, underpinned by the resources & energy sectors while the Staples also played their part. This sort of market action is indicative of a strong market, where negative news gets a short sharp reaction, but ultimately the weight of money remains on the buy side.

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What Matters Today: Are lithium stocks about to “pop” on the upside?

The weakness across the Lithium Sector has lost its place in the financial press due to the strong rallies in copper and gold. Usually, more “clicks” are achieved from bad news and crash-style stories, but the lithium bear market has grown old in the tooth. However, as we’ve seen with other commodities and related stocks, this year is starting to look exciting for the commodity space, and we believe lithium can join the party, at least for a while. We aren’t as bullish towards lithium as copper, for example, with the supply & demand dynamics far from clear, but we can see them enjoying a strong finish to this FY.

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Afternoon report

The Match Out: ASX higher, Coal stocks back in play

A reasonable session for the ASX today, underpinned again by a recovery amongst the miners, Coal stocks the standout following multiple broker upgrades. In the past month, the materials sector is +2.4% vs IT which is down -3.98% showing how sectors are coming in and out of favour, a market for active investing.  Eyes will be on the US CPI tonight with the latest set of numbers expected to fall to 0.3% from 0.4%.

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Portfolio Positioning: Golds reacting more to central bankers than bonds!

Overnight, the influential former Federal Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said he's expecting three rate cuts in 2024 as inflation moves towards the Feds target even while the economy remains resilient, i.e. the “Goldilocks” scenario for stocks. Bullard’s outlook echoed the Fed’s messaging as opposed to the increasing market expectations that two cuts have become more likely than three, e.g. Treasury yields made new highs for the year on Monday night. Mr Bullard is indirectly quoting the old adage of “don’t fight the Fed”. However, it wasn’t the ongoing commentary from the central banker that caught our attention but rather the market’s reaction following the relatively Dovish interview—gold surged over $US30 to another all-time high while bond yields hardly moved. This has been the story of 2024, which has seen gold surge around $US300/oz while bonds have drifted lower (yields higher).

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