Morning Report / Keeping our finger on the pulse (A2M, JHG, CBA, TLS, NCM, NAN)

By Market Matters 05 December 17

Keeping our finger on the pulse (A2M, JHG, CBA, TLS, NCM, NAN)

Market Matters Morning Report 5th December 2017

At MM we believe that it’s not yet time to throw in the towel in on this major bull market but we do feel that the greater likelihood is stocks will be lower over the next 3-6 months, the question we are asking ourselves is – “will we get a classic Christmas / window dressing rally for some optimum selling?”.

It feels day to day like the ASX200 has experienced a tough time recently but its only 1.1% below the years high however to make a decent break through 6000 we are probably going to need the heavyweight banking sector to cast off the shackles of the royal banking commission and come back into favour – just half of the gains recently shown by the US banks would be enough!

Volatility continues to slowly raise its head and although most major stock indices appear relatively quiet on the surface there’s a lot happening “under the hood” i.e. this morning the Dow is up +58-points (0.2%) but the NASDAQ is down -74-points (1.2%).

We often say the NASDAQ is the leading US index but this morning an index of the largest US tech shares has slumped to a 5-week low primarily as they won’t be the major beneficiaries of Donald Trump’s Tax Plan – not a major sell signal but a warning light.

ASX200 Daily Chart

Today is a perfect example of the difference you get with MM i.e. because we have real money in the market we cannot simply generate 3 “buy ideas” weekly as we have a finite amount of funds available hence today there are a matching volume of potential sells to buys as we search for the optimum portfolio mix of stocks / cash.

MM’s 3 most likely sells

1 Nanosonics (NAN) $2.61

We have discussed NAN a number of times over the last week – if NAN cannot hold around this $2.60 area we will exit alternatively we are currently sellers ~$2.70. Watch for alerts

Nanosonics (NAN) Monthly Chart

2 Telstra (TLS) $3.50

We are comfortable holding TLS around current levels but the 10% weighting in the Platinum Portfolio feels too rich and we are considering trimming this back around the $3.60 area to match the 5% weighting in the Income Portfolio. TLS owes us $3.56 in the Platinum Portfolio and $3.48 in the Income Portfolio.

Telstra (TLS) Daily Chart

3 Newcrest Mining (NCM) $23.33

We are watching NCM very closely as our long-term view of rising interest rates is at odds with this holding. For now, we can see the $US making one final low in 2017 which should help gold and its respective stocks hence we will remain patient exiting for now, however this is a position that is firmly ‘on the block’.

Newcrest Mining (NCM) Monthly Chart

MM’s 3 most likely buys

1 a2 Milk (A2M) $7.48

For now, we will observe but any weakness back under $6.50 is likely to see MM again accumulating A2M. This may seem a large move but A2M can be a very volatile stock.

A2 Milk (A2M) Monthly Chart

2 Commonwealth Bank (CBA) $78.92

No change here, we are looking to add to our CBA holding around $77.50 with one eye on next February’s attractive dividend.

Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Daily Chart

3 Janus Henderson (JHG) $48.96

We are very keen on JHG’s offshore earnings and todays hiccup in the BREXIT negotiations might cause some weakness short-term – we are potential buyers around $47, or 4% lower.

Janus Henderson (JHG) Weekly Chart

Global Indices

US Stocks

US equities are following our recent thoughts where the selling of any new all-time highs if / when they occur has paid dividends at least for 24-48 hours as the market looks for a top.

Overall there is no change to our short-term outlook for US stocks, 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 7% correction back towards the 12,000 region.

German DAX Weekly Chart

Conclusion (s)

We are considering buying CBA, A2M and JHG for the MM Platinum Portfolio while TLS, NCM and NAN are the most likely stocks to make way for any fresh purchases. To view both portfolios, click here.

Overnight Market Matters Wrap

·   A mixed session overnight, with the US equity markets giving back majority of its early gains and the NASDAQ 100 underperforming out of the bigger indices as investors see less benefit in this sector following the tax cut bill being passed.

·   The Sterling dipped overnight as negotiations broke down in BREXIT talks and an agreement was not made.

·   Gold lost its lustre as the ‘safe haven’ asset was switched primarily to the US financial sector as investors saw better risk / reward, while Iron Ore continues to bounce, up 3.67% as it has entered in bull market territory.

·   Oil however slid 1.56% to US$57.45/bbl, dampening any strengths in diversified miner, BHP which closed in the US down an equivalent of -1.09% to $27.71 from Australia’s previous close.  We expect Fortescue Metals (FMG) to outperform this sector and the broader market today, a stock MM currently holds.

·   The RBA meets this afternoon where we anticipate rates to remain unchanged at 1.50% for December.

·   The ASX 200 is expected to give back some gains early in the session, down 24 points towards the 5960 level as indicated by the December SPI Futures this morning.

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