Morning Report / Casting our eyes over the small end of town – Part 3 (AAD, BAL, SDA, ORE, SXL)

By Market Matters 09 November 18

Casting our eyes over the small end of town – Part 3 (AAD, BAL, SDA, ORE, SXL)

Market Matters Morning Report 9th November 2018

The ASX200 enjoyed a solid post US mid-terms relief rally taking it to an impressive +5.5% recovery from the 5624 low in late October. The +0.5% rally yesterday was led by solid bounces in the growth / high valuation end of town like Appen (APX) +9.4% and Afterpay Touch (APT) +11.1%, however it was the ongoing strength in the influential banking sector that added the most points to the index with CBA and Westpac both up +1.8% - NAB fell 3.6% but it traded ex-dividend 99c fully franked.

Our outlook for the local market has not waivered recently - we are still looking for stocks to continue to climb a wall of worry but our initial target of ~5925 was achieved yesterday, its now time to sit back and let the market tell us what it wants to do with only 6-weeks until Christmas.  

On balance MM remains mildly bullish the ASX200 but a pullback from current levels would not surprise.

Overnight US stocks were mixed with the Dow closing marginally higher while the tech based NASDAQ was down -0.6%, the SPI futures are pointing to an open down around 10-points but with BHP down -0.4% the banks will need to remain firm for the index to remain comfortably above 5900.

Today’s report is again going to look at the bottom 20% of the ASX200 by market cap.

As we said previously opportunities are often overlooked in smaller stocks and at least one of these is likely to have a cracking 2019.

ASX200 Chart

If we bore into the market short-term, by considering the December SPI futures, its easy to see the markets hit a level of previous resistance ~5925. Technically we are unsure if its time for a correction to the 317-point rally from Octobers low or if ongoing optimism will prevail i.e. time to let the market tell us what it wants to do.

NB The reason to keep  a close eye on the futures at this time of year is they have the large banking dividends built into their price e.g. ANZ and Westpac later this month, following NAB yesterday.

ASX200 September SPI Futures Chart

From a points perspective the backbone of the markets solid recovery from last month’s low has been the banks with leader CBA rallying $5.39, or +8.3%. We continue to believe that the banks could surprise many into 2019 and significantly outperform.

MM is bullish WBC from current levels while it can hold above $27 i.e. before it trades ex-dividend (94c fully franked) in 4-days’ time.

Westpac (WBC) Chart

Asian powerhouse Tencent has led declines in the high valuation / growth sector, accelerating to the downside since August, taking the stocks pullback in 2018 to a huge and painful 47%.

We believe the current 20% bounce, albeit from depressed levels, should at least have another 5-10% in it.

MM likes Tencent as a business – it’s now cheap relative to its growth – we can be accumulators into weakness.

Tencent (700 HK) $HK Chart

Now it’s time to move on from the trillion dollar (HK$) global business Tencent to some of the smallest in the local ASX200.

1 Ardent Leisure (AAD) $1.57

Entertainment business AAD has struggled since the multiple fatalities at its Gold Coasts Dreamworld, along with a number of management changes. The stock is now only a few % above fresh 5-year lows.

The business has decided to restructure its Australian Theme Parks and US Entertainment Centres but there’s been no material change for shareholders.

The US side of the business need to drive growth and its proving illusive at the moment.

MM is neutral AAD at present seeing no reason to catch this falling knife.

Ardent Leisure (AAD) Chart

 

2 Bellamys Australia (BAL) $8.18

The Tasmanian owned baby formula business BAL has tumbled 70% in 2018 hurting many that tried to pick the bottom during the correction.

The escalation of the US – China trade war has put a dampener on the sector with the likes of A2 Milk and Treasury Wines (TWE) also underperforming as uncertainty rises with regard to trade and business expansion in China.

BAL now has market cap of $819m, no debt on its balance sheet and an Est P/E of 19.8x for 2019.

We like BAL into weakness but its undoubtedly an aggressive play as President Trump and China will likely determine its short-term direction / sentiment.

Bellamys Australia (BAL) Chart

 

3 Speedcast International (SDA) $3.87

The satellite based communication business SDA was smashed in August following the release of its half year results and has basically not recovered since.

The results were far from a disaster but the guidance downgrade was painful for a share price containing plenty of optimism.

We feel it’s unlikely the SDA can recover until the next business update making it an almost binary investment outcome and hence not compelling risk / reward.

MM is neutral SDA

Speedcast International (SDA) Chart

4 Orocobre Ltd (ORE) $4.70

Lithium producer ORE has been on a roller-coaster ride in 2018, similar to the whole sector.

Toyota paid the top buying into the company well above $7 to secure future lithium supply for the expanding electric car business. We have no doubt about the future demand for lithium as the electric vehicle evolution unfolds but the questions remain around the increasing supply to meet this demand.

Technically a close by ORE back above $5 will look bullish.

Only 2 weeks ago we identified an optimum entry into rival Kidman Resources (KDR) which subsequently almost doubled – we were way too conservative! Hence its hard to now get excited around ORE after a ~50% bounce.

We are neutral / positive ORE at current levels.

Orocobre Ltd (ORE) Chart

Kidman Resources (KDR) Chart

5 Southern Cross Media (SXL) $1.16

SXL has had a very boring few years simply going nowhere.  The company is more of a radio play within media while having aspirations of growing into podcasting, a huge potential market moving forward.

We are watching SXL for signs of success outside of radio but we have no intention of buying into “hope”.

We are neutral SXL at present.

Southern Cross Media (SXL) Chart

 

Conclusion

We remain mildly bullish stocks from current levels but a period of consolidation from current levels would not surprise.

Again, nothing that floats the boat this morning from the 5 stocks looked at today,

Overseas Indices

The Dow is now remarkably only 760-points / 2.9% below its all-time high compared to the tech / growth based NASAQ which is closer to 8% below its same milestone.

This variance illustrates to us that investors remain happy to lighten their growth holdings into strength.

While the Dow can hold above 25,300 we expect fresh all-time highs into 2019.

US Dow Jones Chart

European indices are now also neutral with the German DAX hitting our target area which has been in play since January. To turn us bullish we need to see strength above 11,800.

German DAX Chart

Overnight Market Matters Wrap

·    An uneventful, quiet and mixed session was experienced overnight with both the broader S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 lower, while the Dow was marginally higher as the US Fed left its key interest rate unchanged and sees further gradual increase in the future.

·     What caught our eye was the energy sector underperforming the broader market as oil prices entered a bear market, tumbling once again on fears of oversupply.

·    Domestically, BHP is expected to underperform the broader market on the back of oil’s weakness and ending its US session down an equivalent of -0.41% from Australia’s previous close.

·    The December SPI Futures is indicating the ASX 200 to open 12 points lower, testing the 5915 level this morning.

Have a great day!

James & the Market Matters Team

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