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Morning Bell 26 February

Bell Direct
February 26, 2021

US stocks saw their biggest pull back since October with the Nasdaq falling 3.5% and the Dow losing 1.8%. It comes as investors are concerned that long-term interest rates, as measured by the US treasury yield rose 1.6% to a one-year high.

Following the pull back in global equities, the Aussie share market is tipped to fall 1.4%, which will erase this week’s rise.

What to watch today:

  • Tech stocks are expected to pull back. The tech index is already down 8% this week, which is its biggest fall drop since COVID-19 hit in March 2020.
  • Afterpay (ASX:APT) looks like it will come out of a trading halt. APT announced its increased its capital raising to $1.5b and plans to list in Singapore to launch in Asia.
  • It’s the last official day of Earnings Season. Kogan (ASX:KGN) reported its profit more than doubled in the half year to $23.6m, after revenue jumped 90%.
  • Other results to watch: HSN, AEF, AFG, ORE, LYC, OPT, PNV, CUV, HVN, BUB, BWX, EOS and ASB.
  • Commodity stocks will see mixed results today as the oil price rose 0.4% to US$63.47 – its highest level in a year and Copper fell from its 9.5 year high, falling 1.9%. Gold slipped 1.6% .

Trading ideas:

  • Alcidion (ASX:ALC) had it Buy rating upgraded by Bell Potter, with an increased $0.30 target – on rising levels of demand, particularly in the UK and Europe, where it’s gaining new contracts.
  • Eagers Automotive (ASX:APE) was reiterated as a Bell Potter Buy with a $15.50 price target after the company said its order book is remaining strong, despite COVID-19.
  • Galan Lithium (ASX:GLN), Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN) and Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL) are giving off bullish charting signals according to Trading Central.

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