In New York overnight, markets had a strong run with all three major benchmarks closing with strong gains. The Dow Jones and the S&P500 both had their best session since January, closing 1.6% and 1.96% higher respectively. Meanwhile the Nasdaq rallied 2.43% higher, as strong results from Meta Platforms boosted tech-related companies. Meta shares leapt 14%, after the company reported quarterly revenue that topped expectations, and issued a positive forecast.
European markets were also in the green, as strong corporate earnings overcame the concerns around the US banking sector.
What to watch today:
- The Australian market is set to jump 0.75% at the open this morning, following Wall Street’s advance.
- In commodities,
- Oil is trading higher, after losing nearly 6% in the past two sessions, as recession fears and renewed concerns about the banking sector outweighed falling US inventories and the prospect of weaker global supplies. The US oil benchmark also gave up all the gains from earlier this month when OPEC+ announced a surprise production cut.
- Gold is at its lowest level in over three weeks with a rebound in risk sentiment and expectations of tighter monetary policy from the Fed.
- And iron ore prices fell under US$110 per tonne, the lowest since December, as a demand downturn rom steel makers risked the oversupply of iron ore.
- Quarterly reports from the following companies are set to be released today, so keep watch of the share price movements of these stocks. These include Coles (ASX:COL), IGO (ASX:IGO), Mirvac Group (ASX:MGR), Origin Energy (ASX:ORG), Oz Minerals (ASX:OZL), ResMed (ASX:RMD) and Volpara Health Technologies (ASX:VHT).
- Bell Potter have a Speculative Buy rating on PointsBet Holdings (ASX:PBH), after a recent media report suggested the company could be considering a potential sale of its US business for around US$500 million. Bell Potter says the value looks reasonable or even conservative if other media reports are accurate. The company has also considered the potential sale of its Australian business for around AUD $250 million. Bell Potter have increased their valuation from $2.75 to $3.00, and at the stock’s current share price of $1.65, this implies 81.8% share price growth in a year.
- Trading Central have identified a bearish signal in Austal (ASX:ASB) indicating that the stock price may fall from the close of $1.65 to the range of $1.46 – $1.50 over 18 days, according to the standard principles of technical analysis.