Morning Report / 5 stocks on our radar to buy into weakness (ILU, OZL, BHP, A2M, FMG)

By Market Matters 12 January 18

5 stocks on our radar to buy into weakness (ILU, OZL, BHP, A2M, FMG)

Market Matters Morning Report 12th January 2018

The ASX200 has struggled over the last 2-days declining 1.6% from its weekly high with the “yield play” and high valuation stocks leading the decline. Basically, it feels like the local market has lost its recent “mojo” for now. This morning US stocks are again up nicely to fresh all-time highs, BHP is trading up ~60c in the US but our futures imply the local market will open unchanged. While it’s hard to see the recent weakness continuing today,  the Australian market is certainly embracing any bad news with open arms.

Perhaps overseas investors are taking advantage of the bounce in the $A (almost 79c) to sell local stocks as they remain concerned as to the implications of a widening yield differential between Australia and the US in 2018 i.e, US rates going higher / faster than rates locally.

The ideal technical area for us to step up and start putting our large cash position to work for the Platinum Portfolio would be in the 5900-5950 region, or 1.5-2% lower.

ASX200 Daily Chart


The below seasonality chart illustrates how it’s actually common for the local market to struggle into the end of January before advancing into the classically weak April / May period. This adds comfort to our planned purchase of a pullback over the coming 1-2 weeks.

ASX200 December Seasonality Chart

5 stocks on our radar to buy

1 Iluka Resources (ILU) $9.85

ILU is a mineral sands company which we have not covered for a while but after the last 2-weeks 6% decline it has popped back up on our radar.

We are keen buyers of ILU in the $9 region, almost 9% lower but its important to be prepared.

Iluka (ILU) Weekly Chart

2 OZ Minerals (OZL) $8.87

The copper focused Australian miner OZL is a very tricky stock to identify perfect entry levels but its volatility does offer some excellent opportunities on a regular basis. Yesterday OZL closed 2.5% below where we took profit on our most recent position exited in late December. The question is where to buy and considering we can easily see a 5% correction in base metals at this stage we will be fussy.

We are looking to buy OZL around $8 and $7.50 i.e. looking to average into weakness.

OZ Minerals (OZL) Daily Chart

Bloomberg Base Metals Weekly Chart


3 BHP Billiton (BHP) $30.84

We’ve discussed BHP a few times recently but the fact remains we are looking to buy the stock.

At this stage we are considering two approaches but considering our view around base metals a little patience will be maintained for now.

  1. Buy around $30 with a view to adding at $29.
  2. For the more sophisticated trader a buy / write at market may be the play e.g. buy BHP and sell the March 33.01 calls (European).

BHP Billiton (BHP) Weekly Chart

4 A2 Milk (A2M) $7.01

A2M is another stock we have discussed recently and as we outlined in yesterday’s afternoon report we are buyers of A2M around the $6.50 area.

A2 Milk (A2M) Daily Chart

5 Fortescue Metals (FMG) $5.25

We took a relatively small ~8% profit in FMG close to $5 in late December on an active position, this has now proved to be premature. However, we are not too proud at MM to admit when we get something wrong and potentially buy a stock at a higher level than we previously sold – it’s all about making money not ego!

We believe FMG now looks set to reach at least $5.50 with a nice fully franked dividend looming in early March. Aggressive traders may buy FMG under $5.20 via stock, or options targeting a quick rally.

Fortescue Metals (FMG) Daily Chart

Global Indices

US Stocks

US equities continue to rally higher with no sell signals being generated and potentially bad news being ignored. It feels like we are seeing some rotation out of bonds into stocks creating strong underlying demand.

Overall there is no change to our short-term outlook for the US market, where we would advocate patience ideally targeting a ~5% correction for the broad market to provide a decent risk / reward buying opportunity.

US S&P500 Weekly Chart

European Stocks

No major change with our preferred scenario for the German DAX a 9% correction back towards the 12,000 area for excellent risk/reward buying – a pop over 2017 highs first still feels likely.

German DAX Weekly Chart

Conclusion (s)

We are potential buyers of ILU, OZL, BHP, A2M and FMG as outlined above. 

Overnight Market Matters Wrap

·    The US equity markets resumed their recent ascend, where reaching an all-time high is a norm to investors as of late.

·    The energy sector roared, as we experienced oil futures climbing ever so higher, while the volatility (fear) index remains far below complacency.

·    Our little Aussie battler, AUD remains to test the US80c handle as we continue to be surprised with better than expected Aussie economic data as of late.

·    The March SPI Futures is indicating the ASX 200 to open 14 points higher towards the 6080 level this morning.


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