Morning Report / Hold on Tight, Markets are Getting Very Exciting!

By Market Matters 26 April 17

Hold on Tight, Markets are Getting Very Exciting!

Market Matters Morning Report 26th April 2017

The ASX200 had a subdued but positive day on Monday, ignoring global markets euphoria following the French elections. Basically we failed to pre-empt significant equity market gains across the world. The MSCI Global World Index that we touched on last week has made fresh all-time highs and is currently sitting only ~7% below our ultimate target for the bull market, which began back in March 2009 and has seen this developed world index appreciate by 273% over that time. When either individual stocks or stock markets are making fresh all-time highs it is undoubtedly a bullish sign.

Hence at MM, we continue to see 2 very different scenarios unfolding, depending on the timeframe being considered:

1. We remain bullish equities short / medium term, targeting further gains of ~7%.

2. We are bearish equities medium / longer term, eventually targeting a 25% decline back towards the 1450 area in the MSCI Global World Index.

Today we are going to keep our fingers very much on the pulse of the markets, which we believe hold the key(s) to obtain the best returns over the coming months / years, while also sleeping restfully. Importantly, we will again outline our current plans around our MM holdings and future planned investments, remember as the bull market matures we believe it is not the time to buy and hold stocks.

MSCI Global World Index Quarterly Chart

US stocks look solid for at least another 1-2 weeks, with our target for the Dow around the 21,500 area, or 2.5% higher. Interestingly while the NASDAQ and Dow are technically looking slightly different, the major interpretations are the same:

1. US stocks look poised to rally another 2-3% over next few days / weeks.

2. A 5% correction is now looming rapidly on the horizon, it now feels like we are heading towards a classic "sell in May and go away" scenario.

3. Assuming we get a 5% correction over May and June, similar to last year, we will be keen buyers into this weakness targeting further gains in 2017.

US NASDAQ Weekly Chart

US Dow Jones Daily Chart

Not surprisingly, we believe bond yields remain the key to which sectors are likely to generate the best returns during 2017/18. In our opinion, the break back above 2.3% for the US 10-year bond yield technically confirms the recent correction is complete and we are set to advance to fresh 2017 highs for bond yields i.e. towards 2.8%. From a macro point of view this higher interest rate scenario should be very bullish for financials and  bearish for gold / the defensive yield play.

Hence over the short term, we prefer the financials and commodity related sectors to outperform. The resources have certainly been a tough sector over the last ~10 weeks, following corrections in both BHP and RIO of well over 15%. Noticeably overnight some stock / sector moves caught our eye:

1. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF fell 4.2% - we remain buyers of weakness in both RRL around $3 and NCM close to $21, but we are definitely not chasing at present.

2. Following strong earnings reports, Alcoa (US) was up a huge 9.5% and Caterpillar (US) +7.9%. These very strong gains from both the mentioned  mining related companies bode well for our resources sector moving forward.

US 10-year bond yields Weekly Chart

US S&P500 Banking Index Weekly Chart

Lastly and most importantly, moving onto the ASX200 which unfortunately has clearly been lagging against its global counterparts over recent weeks, primarily because of our Resources and Telco's sectors -

We are targeting fresh 2017 highs in coming weeks, towards the 6000 level, but we believe from an overall market perspective this will be an opportune time to reduce market exposure i.e. be nett sellers.

ASX200 Daily Chart

The following is some potential stock rotation by MM over coming weeks, remembering we currently hold 15.5% in cash:


Commonwealth Bank (CBA) into fresh highs for ASX200 / US Banks / US bond yields, Ansell (ANN) over $24, ideally ~$26 and Platinum (PTM) "hopefully" over $5.


Regis Resources (RRL) ~$3, Newcrest Mining (NCM) ~$21, OZ Minerals (OZL) under $7.50, Transurban (TCL) ~$11.00 and Telstra (TLS) ~$3.80.

Basically we will look to switch from stocks that benefit from higher yields to those that prefer lower ones, when / if US bond yields make fresh 2017 highs.


Two stand out conclusions today:

1. We are bullish US bond yields over coming weeks, looking for outperformance from financials / resources over gold and the "yield play".

2. We are looking for a short-term blow off top style rally into May prior to a classic "sell in May and go away" correction.

Overnight Market Matters Wrap

·The US rallied overnight, as global investors took on risk post the French election, with the safe haven assets given a breather.

·Iron ore and gold were down a touch, oil and most metals on the LME were better.

·The June SPI Futures is indicating a strong open in the ASX 200, up 51 points from the previous close, towards the 5,925 area this morning.


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