18 September 19
Gold & IT stocks best on ground, Energy stocks weigh (CNI, CMA, QAN)
18 September 19
Gold & IT stocks best on ground, Energy stocks weigh (CNI, CMA, QAN)
18 September 19
Income Report: Stepping up and fading the recent move in bond yields – includes portfolio buy-sell alerts (SKI, TCL, FLT, WHC, EHE)
18 September 19
Overseas Wednesday – International Equities & ETF Portfolios (GDX US, NCM, BABA US, TTD US, PSH NA, BAC US, RY CN)
17 September 19
RBA still banging the lower for longer call on rates
17 September 19
Bond yields firm, oil surges should we “run” from growth to cyclicals? (RHC, NCM, BSL, WPL)
16 September 19
Crude spikes, Bellamy’s bid while Sims scraps guidance (BAL, SGM, BHP)
16 September 19
Subscribers questions (BHP, OZL, IIND, MSB, MGG, NCM, ASL, AWC, WSA, HLS)
15 September 19
Market Matters Weekend Report Sunday 15th September 2019
13 September 19
Tech continues to struggle
13 September 19
Does the Healthcare sector look poised to repeat 2018? (CSL, COH, RMD, ANN, PME)
The ASX200 is set to kick off both April and Q2 2019 on a positive note following a strong night on Wall Street which rounded off its own strongest quarter in almost 10-years by gaining ~+0.8%. The SPI futures are pointing to another test of the psychological 6200 area by local stocks. With China’s economy showing signs of recovery over the weekend as its Manufacturing soared the most in 7 years everything points to a strong open today.
Local news over the weekend was relatively thin on the ground as we got a welcome break from NSW politics before the Federal election starts dominating the press in probably only a few days’ time. The next election must be held by the 18th of May, around 6-weeks’, and it’s still widely tipped that Bill Shorten is to become the new Prime Minister of Australia – Sportsbet has Labor at 1.18 favourites compared to Liberals at 4.5, that’s almost a one horse race if you believe the bookmakers.
Moving into a new month we should be aware that while April has seen an average gain of 1% over the last decade May & June are the standout weakest period for stocks with an average drop of almost 4.6% - this actually coincides reasonably well with our anticipated 6000 – 6300 trading range for the new quarter, notably quieter than the rampant advance stocks have just enjoyed.
MM remains in “ buy mode” primarily due to our elevated cash levels and we will be relishing any reasonable short-term correction.
Thanks for the questions again this week, obviously from a volume perspective last week was simply a little rest, similar to that experienced by the ASX200!
ASX200 Index Chart
MM has stuck to our bullish call for the $A into 2019 / 2002 initially targeting the 80c area – an opinion we understand not all subscribers agree with but as we often say “that’s what makes a market”.
The below chart should be a touch sobering for the “Aussie Bears”, the likes of Fortescue (FMG) and RIO Tinto (RIO) have fully embraced the strong rally by iron ore in 2019 but the highly correlated $A has ignored the bulk commodity – so far.
Australian Dollar ($A) v Iron Ore Chart
“Any insight / comments in regards to Ardent Leisure (ALG)?” – Michael C.
We last mentioned ALG in 2018, after a colleague took his family to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast and reported it felt like a tired ghost town with literally zero queues on even the major attractions.
The stock actually rallied over 5% in late February following its half-year results which showed a loss of almost $22m, expectations were clearly low but since the stock has recommenced its painful decent and technically this is one falling knife that has no appeal to MM. The business is losing money, has growing debt and zero yield – not a compelling combination.
MM still has no interest in ALG at this point in time.
Ardent Leisure Group (ALG) Chart
“Hi, just a thought worth considering. For active investors in pension phase, the loss of franking credits means the 45-day holding rule doesn’t apply. This may present some opportunity to roll over some short term trades in a volatile market into cash or a new investment.” - David H.
That’s certainly true if the fund in pension phase is paying zero tax - some funds in pension phase would be paying tax and could therefore use the franking credits. However overall yes, you are correct in theory – we recommend subscribers discuss thoroughly with their accountants any potential investing decisions around the looming Federal election, or any tax mattes for that matter.
“Hi James, on the subject of discount to NAV, I note that Tribeca Global Resources Fund is trading at 2.22 when its NAV is 2.47. Also the directors have been buying up shares. Is this just a lack of promotion of the fund by Tribeca and/or sentiment driven? - regards, Rob J.
One of the biggest issues for The Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund (TGF) is turnover which was well under $15k on Friday, extremely small for a company with a market cap above $140m – certainly impossible for MM to consider.
The Listed Investment Company can actively manage both long and short positions in the natural resources sector, credit positions and commodities themselves as such investors are backing the portfolio managers. I had dinner with the Tribecca team prior to this listing and although I looked good, I was of the opinion that assessing post listing was the way to go, and for now, I don’t think the runs are on the board. While it’s great to see the team buying their own shares it’s not reason alone to be accumulating in our opinion. The NAV at $2.47 v last close at $2.22 is interesting, that NAV figure was at the end of February, and a new NAV figure will be released on or around the 13th of April.
MM would like to see some company performance before jumping into TGF.
The Tribeca Global Natural Resources (TGF) Chart
“Hello, I like the information on how new government would potentially impact on LIC. I am interested in investing some large ETF that have shareholdings in UK or USA or Asian. Are you able to recommend some in your next report?” - Many thanks Esther.
Here’s the link to the report for those that missed it: https://www.marketmatters.com.au/blog/post/income-report-how-could-a-change-of-government-impact-listed-investment-companies-lics-wle-cdm/
If you are considering ETF’s with exposure to global equities the list is almost endless. Below is a list of the Australian based ETF’s with a decent number covering your needs mentioned above. We would be keeping an eye on costs to administrator and liquidity but this has become a highly competitive space making it generally very user friendly.
Vanguard, iShares and Betashares are a god place to start or for a general list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_exchange-traded_funds
“BIN has already announced acquisition of Dial-a-Dump yesterday on 25Mar. What more they are expected to announce next week?” – Regards Sanjay S.
Bingo Industries (BIN) rallied nicely following the announcement that the waste management company has completed the acquisition of Dial a Dump Industries – almost old news now.
At the end of last month global powerhouse Goldman Sachs added BIN to its “strong buy list” with a price target of $2.40, a touch more optimistic than our $2.20 target. We are not expecting any fresh news from BIN this week and the company doesn’t now report until August – we believe that BIN is a strong turnaround story in a sector we like.
MM remains bullish BIN targeting the $2.20 area.
Bingo Industries (BIN) Chart
“Hi James, I have read the blog www.michaelwest.com.au/saving-the-deal-cover-up-over-northern-beaches-hospital regarding the use of tax havens by Healthscope (HSO) and Brookfield. Even if it is legal under current tax law, for me and it should for all tax paying Australians, present a moral dilemma. Could you advise or comment on:
1. How may one find out which listed companies and to what extent are these companies are using tax havens?
2. What happens to this money, is it refunded at some time back to the company and shareholders or it just lost/stolen and diverted to others?
3. Are you aware of any attempts by government to limit transfer payments such as external management charges, license and franchise fees, debt etc by having such items treated as investment capital and thus not be tax deductible expenses ?
regards Alan M.
That’s a comprehensive question with a tough and an almost frustrating answer. At this stage obviously the books are opening up for both Healthscope (HSO) and Brookfield as the potential takeover runs its course – on the 29th of last month Brookfield asked ASIC for more time to make formal its Healthscope (HSO) offer.
However businesses will do whatever they can to minimise tax in a legal manner – the largest company in the world Apple instantly comes to mind. A quote by the late Kerry Packer also pops into my head:
“I'm not evading tax in any way shape or form. Of course I'm minimising my tax. If anybody in this country doesn't minimise their tax they want their head read. As a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be paying extra." – Kerry Packer.
However back to more serious question I’m afraid the answer to your question is literally hours of digging, you are looking for what others don’t want you to read. I am not aware of any similar situations you have described above.
Healthscope (HSO) Chart
“Hi MM Team, with Friday being the last trading day of the quarter, could you please advise the best 3 performing and the 3 worst performing stocks in the ASX200 for the first quarter of 2019.” – Thanks Neil W
We touched on this in the weekend report but the precise best and worst 3 are listed below, certainly not a good time for shares to be falling when the ASX200 Accumulation Index was making fresh all-time highs:
Winners – Afterpay (APT) +69%, Fortescue Metals (FMG) +73% and Appen Ltd (APX) +74%.
Losers – Syrah (SYR) -29%, Costa Group (CGC) -31% and Eclipx (ECX) -74%
ASX200 Accumulation Index Chart
“Hi & good morning, I would like to ask I would like to get more details of 'Forever Battery' from ASX listed stock?” - Kind Regards, Tony C.
Ossia’s Forever Battery is certainly a fascinating concept that would revolutionise batteries as we know them but the company is a private venture hence not a business we follow too closely. Their design suggests that AA-style batteries may be able to maintain their power without ever requiring charging.
However we did take a quick look at listed Redflow Ltd (RFX) the Brisbane based battery manufacturer – its shares are currently demonstrating no signs of interest to MM.
Redflow Ltd (RFX) Chart
“Thanks, James for a very insightful MM report this morning. Are there any other correlations that support the firm market as of now? Or are the ones you used today all the markers?” – Thanks Bruce B.
We added a few in the weekend report in our opinion the below chart is the key to stocks at this point in time.
While liquidity remains plentiful in the corporate / junk bond market stocks are likely to remain firm.
US S&P500 v iBOXX high yield index Chart
“Hi MM Team, Just like to get your thoughts on Worley Parsons (WOR) thanks. Also, on Challenger (CGF) on a monthly chart my opinion is it is about to commence a wave 5 after last month forming a closing price reversal pattern. “ – Thanks Tim C.
1 – Mining services business Worley Parsons (WOR) is messy technically and fundamentally after their almost $3bn capital raise back in late 2018. A stock worth watching at this stage for MM.
2 – Popular stock Challenger (CGF) has had a tough 18-months falling by over 50% although last week’s +10% pop on the news of that it had further progressed its strategic relationship with Japanese partner Mitsui Sumitomo certainly helped, the Japanese business will hold more than 15% of CGF and subsequently wants a seat on its board.
We are now neutral CGF although declining margins across their book remain a concern.
Worley Parson (WOR) Chart
Challenger (CGF) Chart
Overnight Market Matters Wrap
· The US equity markets ended its first quarter of 2019 on a high with the major indices rallying between 0.7% and 0.8% on Friday, to cap off one of the strongest starts to a year for quite some time. This followed reports that China had made further concessions on trade as the protracted US-China trade discussions resumed.
· European markets also had a strong end to the week, despite continuing uncertainty around the UK’s withdrawal from Europe. The UK Parliament once again defeated yet another attempt by PM Theresa May to get her Brexit proposal accepted.
· The March SPI Futures is indicating the ASX 200 to open 24 points higher, testing the 6200 level again.
Have a great day!
James & the Market Matters Team
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