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Ask James: Equities rally into the Election

The ASX200 finally ended another choppy and nervous week on the front foot with the index closing up +1.15% on Friday helping it to a +1% gain, its first weekly advance since April, overall an excellent performance considering the aggressive plunge on Thursday. The tech stocks finally attracted some buyers with a number of major sector names such as Altium (ALU), Technology One (TNE), NEXTDC (NXT) and Xero (XRO) all bouncing over 5% for the week.
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Ask James: Equities are taking us on a roller coaster

The ASX200 ended an extremely tough week with some bargain hunting finally emerging on Friday which helped the index bounce strongly to close almost 2% higher, basically halving the week’s losses in the process. The story under the hood of the ASX has been fairly consistent throughout both May and 2022, high valuation / tech stocks have been hammered as bond yields scale multi-year highs courtesy of surging inflation. However when we have enjoyed positive days it has largely been driven by the same stocks springing back with a vengeance:
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Ask James: Volatility and selling rules as the RBA, Fed & BOE hike rates

The ASX200 endured an abysmal Friday which finally saw the index close down -2.2%, the session saw only 6% of the main board manage to close in positive territory, conversely the same number of stocks fell by over -7%! There was nowhere to hide from the relentless selling with companies who reported being treated very harshly, even when the numbers like Macquarie’s (MQG) looked ok. To put the end of the weeks drop into perspective it was the local markets largest one day decline since Russia invaded the Ukraine back in February.
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Ask James: Volatility is already high & now it’s time for the infamous May!

The ASX200 fought valiantly on Thursday / Friday to end the week down less than 1% with Fridays strong 78-point recovery taking the index back well above 7400, the market actually popped 10-points in the match to close on its high for the day and yet again find ourselves within striking distance of a fresh all-time high. The index has now spent 13-months rotating between 6750 and 7625, perhaps the infamous May will see a move to a fresh equilibrium although history would favour the bears.
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Ask James: Can the ASX withstand Friday’s rout in the US?

The ASX200 fought hard to rally last week but Fridays -1.6% drop resulted in a small weekly decline for the index although most sectors rallied it was a more than -5% drop by both the Tech and Materials Sectors that led to the small pullback, basically the local index experienced a 4th week of consolidation following the strong gains through March. A couple of major stocks caught our attention and they might be setting the tone for May:
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Ask James: Earnings are also near all-time highs

The second weak of April saw consolidation at the index level with the ASX closing the week 0.20% lower, a positive outcome really given the continued headwind from rising rates into a market that is just 2% below all time highs.  However, when we stand back and look at earnings, the most important driver of stocks over time, the profile of the ASX has been picking up thanks in part to higher commodity prices and in particular, plenty of upgrades in the Lithium space.  While some question the strength of the market, earnings are also at a high and it's not just driven by commodity prices, if we strip those out, the rest of the market is actually seeing an increase. The P/E of the market has moved from 20x at the end of 2020, back to 15.8x now which is only  slightly above  historical averages, and certainly not scary.  
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Ask James: Historically we’re in for a strong few weeks

The ASX200 kicked off April with a very small decline basically ignoring a 550-point drop by the Dow in the process, after another bullish week all-time highs are now less than 2% away! Over the last 10-years the average gain for April, usually the 2nd strongest month of the year, is +2.7% which would take us to a new milestone high – MM’s call since the start of 2022 with the “fun” just about to start in earnest. With one trading day of Q2 behind us let’s re-consider what may be coming over the next 3-months:
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Ask James: The bulls think its Pamplona!

The ASX200 enjoyed another strong week to take March’s rally to over 5%, under the hood a mixed bag of Utilities, Resources and IT stocks all enjoyed strong moves while the banks remained supportive of the index. As we slowly but surely edge towards fresh highs MM expects volatility to increase on the stock level as fund managers pick out different names they believe have run too hard but we feel the general absence of sellers will remain and could April deliver some reversion on the stock / sector level as investors take profit on the top performers while chasing value in names which look ready to play some catch up. The variance has been huge across the board as we approach the end of Q1 of 2022:
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Ask James: Volatility in commodities land is off the charts!

The ASX200 shrugged off a number of headwinds last week including a Fed rate hike, hawkish comments from Jerome Powell, rising COVID numbers, a decent pullback in commodities and ongoing geopolitical worries surrounding Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine conflict including concerns that China will eventually mover to support Putin. Local stocks simply wanted to rally and nothing was going to stand in their way with the main index eventually closing up 231-points / 3.3%. MM continues to beat the same drum and importantly the rhythms playing out:
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Ask James: Volatility in commodities land is off the charts!

The ASX200 experienced a very mixed week depending which stocks / sectors investors held although again the index traded in a tight range ultimately closing down less than 1%. Following some panic moves across commodity markets we saw some aggressive profit taking in the space later in the week but fortunately, for the health of the local index, we saw the hugely influential Financial Sector rally 2.2% noticeably outperforming the Materials Index which finally ended the week down 3.4%. Some of the recent volatility in the commodities space is almost beyond panic and comprehension, even considering the war in the Ukraine:
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MM is currently neutral towards the ASX200 around 7100
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Weekend report

Ask James: Equities are taking us on a roller coaster

The ASX200 ended an extremely tough week with some bargain hunting finally emerging on Friday which helped the index bounce strongly to close almost 2% higher, basically halving the week’s losses in the process. The story under the hood of the ASX has been fairly consistent throughout both May and 2022, high valuation / tech stocks have been hammered as bond yields scale multi-year highs courtesy of surging inflation. However when we have enjoyed positive days it has largely been driven by the same stocks springing back with a vengeance:

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Volatility and selling rules as the RBA, Fed & BOE hike rates

The ASX200 endured an abysmal Friday which finally saw the index close down -2.2%, the session saw only 6% of the main board manage to close in positive territory, conversely the same number of stocks fell by over -7%! There was nowhere to hide from the relentless selling with companies who reported being treated very harshly, even when the numbers like Macquarie’s (MQG) looked ok. To put the end of the weeks drop into perspective it was the local markets largest one day decline since Russia invaded the Ukraine back in February.

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Volatility is already high & now it’s time for the infamous May!

The ASX200 fought valiantly on Thursday / Friday to end the week down less than 1% with Fridays strong 78-point recovery taking the index back well above 7400, the market actually popped 10-points in the match to close on its high for the day and yet again find ourselves within striking distance of a fresh all-time high. The index has now spent 13-months rotating between 6750 and 7625, perhaps the infamous May will see a move to a fresh equilibrium although history would favour the bears.

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Can the ASX withstand Friday’s rout in the US?

The ASX200 fought hard to rally last week but Fridays -1.6% drop resulted in a small weekly decline for the index although most sectors rallied it was a more than -5% drop by both the Tech and Materials Sectors that led to the small pullback, basically the local index experienced a 4th week of consolidation following the strong gains through March. A couple of major stocks caught our attention and they might be setting the tone for May:

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Earnings are also near all-time highs

The second weak of April saw consolidation at the index level with the ASX closing the week 0.20% lower, a positive outcome really given the continued headwind from rising rates into a market that is just 2% below all time highs.  However, when we stand back and look at earnings, the most important driver of stocks over time, the profile of the ASX has been picking up thanks in part to higher commodity prices and in particular, plenty of upgrades in the Lithium space.  While some question the strength of the market, earnings are also at a high and it's not just driven by commodity prices, if we strip those out, the rest of the market is actually seeing an increase. The P/E of the market has moved from 20x at the end of 2020, back to 15.8x now which is only  slightly above  historical averages, and certainly not scary.  

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Historically we’re in for a strong few weeks

The ASX200 kicked off April with a very small decline basically ignoring a 550-point drop by the Dow in the process, after another bullish week all-time highs are now less than 2% away! Over the last 10-years the average gain for April, usually the 2nd strongest month of the year, is +2.7% which would take us to a new milestone high – MM’s call since the start of 2022 with the “fun” just about to start in earnest. With one trading day of Q2 behind us let’s re-consider what may be coming over the next 3-months:

Weekend report

Ask James: The bulls think its Pamplona!

The ASX200 enjoyed another strong week to take March’s rally to over 5%, under the hood a mixed bag of Utilities, Resources and IT stocks all enjoyed strong moves while the banks remained supportive of the index. As we slowly but surely edge towards fresh highs MM expects volatility to increase on the stock level as fund managers pick out different names they believe have run too hard but we feel the general absence of sellers will remain and could April deliver some reversion on the stock / sector level as investors take profit on the top performers while chasing value in names which look ready to play some catch up. The variance has been huge across the board as we approach the end of Q1 of 2022:

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Volatility in commodities land is off the charts!

The ASX200 shrugged off a number of headwinds last week including a Fed rate hike, hawkish comments from Jerome Powell, rising COVID numbers, a decent pullback in commodities and ongoing geopolitical worries surrounding Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine conflict including concerns that China will eventually mover to support Putin. Local stocks simply wanted to rally and nothing was going to stand in their way with the main index eventually closing up 231-points / 3.3%. MM continues to beat the same drum and importantly the rhythms playing out:

Ask James Market Matters
Weekend report

Ask James: Volatility in commodities land is off the charts!

The ASX200 experienced a very mixed week depending which stocks / sectors investors held although again the index traded in a tight range ultimately closing down less than 1%. Following some panic moves across commodity markets we saw some aggressive profit taking in the space later in the week but fortunately, for the health of the local index, we saw the hugely influential Financial Sector rally 2.2% noticeably outperforming the Materials Index which finally ended the week down 3.4%. Some of the recent volatility in the commodities space is almost beyond panic and comprehension, even considering the war in the Ukraine:

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