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Morning Bell 16 November

Bell Direct
November 16, 2023

Wall St closed the trading session higher, following the release of promising inflation data. The S&P 500 rose 0.16%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.07% and the Dow Jones traded 0.47% higher on Wednesday.

The US treasury yield increased by 9 basis points, following its 18-basis point fall on Tuesday.

In terms of US shares, following the release of better-than-expected results, Target’s share price increased by 18% with apparel company VF also adding 15%.

Over in Europe, markets closed higher overnight following the release of key data from China and the US. The STOXX600 rose 0.4%, led by technology stocks which gained 2.2% with the majority of other sectors ending the trading day in the green. Germany’s DAX added 0.86%, the French CAC ended the day 0.33% higher and over in the UK, the FTSE100 went up 0.62%.

Locally yesterday, the ASX200 ended the trading day up 1.42% with all but the energy sector ending positive. The biggest gains were made by the real estate and information technology sector which ended the day 4.58% and 3.35% higher respectively.

What to watch today:

  • The Australian share market is set to open lower, with the SPI futures suggesting a fall of 0.11% at the open this morning.
  • In terms of economic data,
    • At 10:30 this morning Australian unemployment data is set to be released with a consensus of a 0.1% increase from its previous result of 3.6%.
  • On the commodities front,
    • Oil is down 2.37% to US$76.41/barrel,
    • Gold is down 0.09% to US$1961/ounce
    • And iron ore is up 1.92% to US$133/tonne.

Trading Ideas:

  • Bell Potter maintains a buy rating on Life360 (ASX:360) and has increased its 12-month price target by $0.25. The buy rating is maintained by Bell Potter as positive results in Q3 have helped increase the price target to $11.25, which is a greater than 15% premium to the previous share price, hence the buy rating is maintained.
  • And Trading Central has identified a bullish signal on Evolution mining (ASX:EVN), indicating that the stock price may rise form the close of $3.78 to the range of $4.35-$4.50 on a pattern formed over 30 days, according to the standard principles of technical analysis.

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