Afternoon Report / Volatility finally kicks up – ASX off by 55pts!

By Market Matters 12 July 17

Volatility finally kicks up – ASX off by 55pts!

Market Matters Afternoon Report 12th July 2017

The red brush came out today with pretty much all sectors finishing down, the only bright spot at the sector level was GOLD, with the likes of Newcrest,  Resolute and Northern Star all doing well, up more than 1.5% a pop. The resources generally where better in relative terms in a weak market with  BHP finishing higher by $0.10 while RIO was also higher, closing out the session at $65.67, up 5c. Normally in a weak market, when selling is targeted toward the banks, we get those defensive names seeing some love, the ones we spoke about this morning – however that wasn’t the case and we actually saw decent selling in that area of the market – Westfield down by -1.67% to $7.65 and Sydney Airports down by  -1.89% to $6.75 – underperforming the banking stocks which were down between 0.99% for CBA and 1.53% for ANZ.

The other area that we’ve been highlighting of late was likely weakness in the Healthcare stocks – the likes of CSL, Ramsay and the like with weakness in the US being our flag there. CSL was off another -2.54% today closing at $129.10.

On the broader market today, the Materials sector led the way while most weakness was felt in the Financials which lost -1.14%  - an overall range of +/- 64 points, a high of 5730, a low of 5665 and a close of 5673,  off -55pts or -0.96%.

ASX 200 Intra-Day Chart

ASX 200 Daily Chart

AP Eagers (APE): As mentioned in today’s income portfolio report, APE released first half results this morning booking a net profit before tax of $68.1m, which is marginally higher than this time last year (+0.3%). The market liked the result stock closed up 5.07% to $8.91 today. In May, the company signalled that poor vehicle sales in Queensland had impacted their business, signalling that pre-tax profit would fall 7-9% for the year at the lower end of guidance. Clearly this has not played out as expected after booking a record profit for the first half of the year. We continue to like AP Eagers (APE) for income with some potential for further growth.

AP Eagers (APE) Daily Chart

BT Investment Management (BTT): Today we sold BT in our platinum portfolio as has been signalled in many recent reports. After buying at $11.20 in May the stock rallied before a downgrade by UBS last month halted the momentum. The technical picture for BT is weak as it failed to hold the $11 support that was established around the time of buying. We continue to have a large exposure to the financials space, however there are no holdings in diversified financials which has been tricky to navigate recently. No positions were added to the portfolio, increasing our cash weighting to 14.5%. Opportunities to put this money to work will arise if this weakness continues.

BT Investment Management (BTT) Daily Chart

Have a great night

 

The Market Matters Team

 


 

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