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Morning Bell 9 February

Sophia Mavridis
February 9, 2022

Yesterday the ASX200 closed in the green. The materials sector made strong gains as iron ore in the spot market rose. Meanwhile tech shares declined the most, as Australia’s 10-year bond yield exceeded 2.1%, reaching the highest level since the beginning of 2019. This saw a sell-off in tech stocks, which tend to be more sensitive to interest rates.

On the ASX200, travel stocks gained for a second session. Webjet (ASX:WEB), Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) and Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD) all made the leaderboard. Casino owner Skycity Entertainment (ASX:SKC) and Star Entertainment (ASX:SGR) also made the top 10, boosted by confidence for tourism.

The most traded stock yesterday by Bell Direct clients was A2B Australia (ASX:A2B), which is home to brands such as 13cabs, Cabcharge and EFT Solutions. Its share price gained over 12% yesterday, after the departure of chief executive Andrew Skelton. The company also launched a strategic review of operations.

European markets closed mixed as investors await US inflation data, out later this week, while US equities gained. The Dow closed up 1.06%, the S&P500 up 0.84 and the Nasdaq up 1.28%.

The ASX200 is set open higher. The SPI futures are suggesting a 0.27% rise at the open this morning.

What to watch today:

  • In economic news, yesterday NAB’s business confidence Index for January was released, with confidence bouncing back to 3 index points, from -12 points in December. Today, Westpac’s Consumer Confidence Index for February will be released at 10:30am AEDT.
  • The oil price has fallen to US$89.64 a barrel, as attention was turned to the Iran nuclear talks that are set to resume today.
  • Gold is higher, trading at US$1,826 an ounce, as the dollar rebounded ahead of US inflation data later in the week.
  • The seaborne iron ore price is trading at US$148.83 a tonne.
  • Commonwealth Bank (ASX:CBA) reported its half-year results this morning, delivering strong financial and operational performance. Statutory NPAT increased by 26% and CBA declared a $1.75 fully franked interim dividend, up 17% from this time last year. Look out for our full report on CBA later today.
  • Other companies reporting their earnings results today include Centuria Capital Group (ASX:CNI), Dexus (ASX:DXS), Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) and Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST).
  • ResMed (ASX:RMD) is set to go ex-dividend today, which may see its share price fall as investors take their profits.

Trading Ideas:

  • Bell Potter and Macquarie have different views on global mining-tech company Imdex (ASX:IMD), after the company reporting its earnings this week. Half-year revenue is up 35% to $167.8 million and NPAT is up more than 80% at $24.4 million. And Imdex declared a fully franked interim dividend of 1.5 cps. Following the report, Bell Potter have downgraded IMD from a BUY to a HOLD, maintaining a $3 price target. On another note, Macquarie retain their Outperform rating on IMD and have increased their price target from $2.90 to $3.30. IMD’s revenue and earnings beat Macquarie’s expectations by 13%.
  • Trading Central have identified a bullish signal in Mincor Resources (ASX:MCR), indicating that the stock price my rise from the $1.71 to the range of $2.06 – $2.14, within 18 days, according to the standard principles of technical analysis.

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