Afternoon Report / Jitters return to the ASX

By Market Matters 04 December 18

Jitters return to the ASX

Market Matters Afternoon Report 4th December 2018


The rally seen yesterday ran out of steam pretty quickly, with the market giving back around half of yesterday’s gains. The market opened slightly softer this morning, broadly expected after a keen 100+ point gain, however sellers leant on stocks throughout the session and the market eventually closed down -1.01%, on the low of the day. Weakness was seen across the board, with only gold names & Telcos (lead by Telstra (ASX: TLS) bouncing back above $3) catching any kind of bid. Construction leveraged names were on the nose once again. Cement supplier Adelaide Brighton (ASX: ABC) tumbled to a near two year low, Bingo (ASX: BIN) followed suit – both falling over 3%. Most of the selling stemmed from concerns being raised about the actual extent of any Trump-Xi talks along with the flattening of the yield curve – a topic we’ll discuss in more depth tomorrow.

A couple of days of extreme volatility makes this a great time to flag tomorrow’s MarketMatters webinar – click here for access (registration not required). Join our Primary Contributor James Gerrish where he will be discussing the outlook for the last few weeks of 2018 as well as the road ahead for 2019! 

Overall, the ASX 200 closed down -58 points or -1.01% to 5713. Dow Futures are currently down -152 points or -0.59%.

ASX 200 Chart

ASX 200 Chart


Broker Moves;  Re-ratings on Metcash (ASX: MTS) from the brokers flowed through today, with Macquarie taking the most bearish stance, cutting their price target by a huge 24% and moving to a hold. The broker has been a long term believer of the Metcash story, but finally threw the towel in following a difficult year which has seen the stock fall from a May high of $3.73 to close today at $2.44, down -34.6% in that time.

Citi Bank 2019 Outlook; before the books have closed on 2018, Citi starting pushing their 2019 outlook pieces, kicking off with pieces on political risks and the economic outlook in to next year. The bank went on to discuss the impacts of a move from quantitative easing to tightening around the world, leading to a rise in volatility – something we have already seen start to play out. BREXIT also another obvious concern for markets which will play out early next year, as well as the rise of populism in Europe – all of which will add to market volatility particularly while central banks look to tighten up their balance sheets. All in all, Citi see 2019 as shaping up as a year for the active investor – a point we at MM have been pushing for some time!!


·         Air NZ Upgraded to Neutral at Forsyth Barr; PT NZ$3.30

·         Argosy Cut to Neutral at Forsyth Barr; Price Target NZ$1.08

·         Metcash Downgraded to Underperform at Macquarie; PT A$2.41

·         Metcash Upgraded to Hold at Morningstar

·         Metcash Upgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse; PT A$2.60

·         APA Group Resumed at Morgan Stanley With Equal-weight; PT A$8.88

·         Boart Rated New Buy at Foster Stockbroking

·         Eroad Upgraded to Outperform at First NZ Capital; PT NZ$3.30

·         Redbubble Downgraded to Hold at Morgans Financial; PT A$1.19

·         Scentre Group Raised to Overweight at Morgan Stanley; PT A$4.30


No changes today.

Have a great night

Harry & the Market Matters Team


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