Morning Report / It’s not just Telstra coming back into favour (TLS, TPG, JHG)

By Market Matters 07 December 17

It’s not just Telstra coming back into favour (TLS, TPG, JHG)

Market Matters Morning Report 7th December 2017

The ASX200 was weak yesterday led lower by the resources following a tough night for base metals – remember its seasonally common for the first half of December to be lacklustre for Australian stocks. The Christmas rally should  get a helping hand from the 13th when investors receive their huge dividends from NAB, which is then followed by ANZ and Westpac over the following 8 days.

This morning local stocks are set to open up ~20-points, theoretically regaining most of yesterdays losses, with BHP unchanged in the US there is no obvious indication where the buying will be focused early on. We would have no interest if MM were traders selling a market which gains on average +2.5% in December the optimum buying remains under 5900 early next week, if the stars align.

Today we are going to focus on telco stocks which have come back into favour globally over recent weeks.

ASX200 Daily Chart

Over the last 24-hours the $A has slipped lower following disappointing local economic data:

  1. Last quarter the Australian economy only grew at 0.6% compared to the 0.7% forecasted by most economists.
  2. The country experienced its weakest household spending growth since 2008.

The combination of huge household debt and slack wage growth is leading to us Australians tightening the belt and restraining the economy – perhaps we need tax cuts like the US?

At MM we remain keen on stocks with overseas earnings.

The Australian Dollar $A Monthly Chart

Global telco’s playing catch-up 

A number of us have both noticed and enjoyed watching Telstra (TLS) rally over 8% since last weeks fresh low for 2017 – TLS is now trading on a 6.1% fully franked yield that looks sustainable for at least a few years.

However the rally in TLS has more global overtones than just a relief rally following a clearing of the decks around the messy NBN saga. The story has been very similar with US Telcos and they have no NBN:

  1. US Telcos fell over 20% in 2017 while the broad S&P500 surged to fresh all-time highs.
  2. US Telcos have rallied around 14% from their 2017 lows in mid-November.

US S&P500 Telco Index Daily Chart


Recently we have witnessed some major reversals of the underlying trends during 2017 with retailers as well as the Telcos  rallying strongly, probably hurting some slow short sellers. Also the high flying tech stocks have struggled as investors locked in profits before the festive season hence allowing the broad market to improve on a comparative basis.

At this stage we believe we are simply seeing some understandable book squaring ahead of Christmas which is potentially providing MM with the opportunity to rejig its Platinum Portfolio.

US S&P500 v NASDAQ Daily Chart

Telstra (TLS) $3.63

We are comfortable holding TLS but still feel our 10% waiting is too high in the Platinum Portfolio and hence plan to look at our holdings in 2 halves:

  1. We are looking to take a small profit on half of our holding around $3.65.
  2. We are looking  to take a larger profit on the balance of our holding around the $3.80 area

Watch for alerts. 

Telstra (TLS) Daily Chart

TPG Telecom (TPM) $6.11

Almost 30% of votes cast went against TPM’s executive pay structure in yesterdays AGM, probably no great surprise with the shares down ~50% since 2016. We see TPM as basically too hard at current levels with the impact of the NBN extremely hard to unravel.

TPG Telecom (TPM) Weekly Chart

A potential buy today for the MM Platinum Portfolio

Janus Henderson (JHG) $47.35

We have been watching JHG for a few weeks liking both their sector and offshore earnings. The current uncertainty around BREXIT is potentially providing an opportunity to enter following a ~6% correction.

  • We are potentially buyers of JHG around the $47 area.
  • We are likely to be conservative with our weighting in case BREXIT talks do ultimately fail.

Watch for alerts.

Janus Henderson (JHG) Weekly Chart

Global markets

US Stocks

No change, we still need a ~5% correction to provide a decent risk / reward buying opportunity, no sell signals have been generated to-date but it’s clearly struggling above 2600.

The current strong rally since Donald Trump’s election adds to our confidence with buying a decent ~5% pullback.

US S&P500 Weekly Chart


European Stocks

European stocks look to be failing after their recent break out to fresh 2017 highs, we are now neutral / negative Europe over the next few weeks.

German DAX Weekly Chart

Conclusion (s)

1 - We are considering selling half of our TLS holding around $3.65.

2 – We are considering buying JHG around $47.

*watch for alerts.

Overnight Market Matters Wrap

·         Wall St has fluctuated overnight between gains and losses with all 3 major indices heading into the closing Bell in slight positive territory, as investors await further developments on the timing and size of the proposed tax cuts. 

·         US private payrolls rose 190,000 in November, with the biggest increase in manufacturing jobs this year. The numbers highlighted the difficulty of retaining skilled workers with labour market tightening and wages increasing.

·         Among the individual stock highlights Home Depot announced a US$15bn share buyback, of which they plan to buy US$7bn in 2018.

·         Commodities were generally weaker again with oil and iron ore under pressure - Brent oil price -2.5% at us$61.60/bbl and iron ore -3.4% at US$69.40/t - but copper holding onto slight gains after the previous day’s 4% selloff. The A$ is 0.5% lower at US75.6c and, despite weaker commodities, the futures are pointing to a slightly firmer opening on the ASX this morning of around 0.3%.

·         The December SPI Futures is indicating the ASX 200 to open 20 points higher towards the 5965 area this morning.


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