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Morning Bell 12 June

Bell Direct
June 12, 2024

Wall St closed mixed on Tuesday as the Nasdaq closed at fresh highs and investors await for important inflation data. The Dow Jones fell 0.31%, the S&P500 closed 0.27% higher and the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended the trading session 0.88% higher as Apple gained 7%, now trading at an all-time high.

Over in Europe, markets closed lower as the focus turns towards the Federal Reserve’s next meeting and important inflation data coming out of the US. The STOXX 600 fell 0.9% with all major sectors ending the trading session in the red with losses led by banks which fell 2.17%. Germany’s DAX lost 0.68%, the French CAC fell 1.33% and over in the UK the FTSE100 closed Tuesday’s trading session nearly 1% lower.

Locally yesterday, the ASX200 fell 1.33% with all but one major sector ending in the red. Losses were led by the materials and real estate sectors which fell 2.58% and 2.35% respectively. This was offset by the consumer discretionary sector which rose 0.11% yesterday.

What to watch today:

  • The Australian share market is set to open lower, with the SPI futures suggesting a fall of 0.46% at market open this morning.
  • In terms of economic data, important US inflation data will be released later on tonight for core inflation month on month with a consensus and forecast of 0.3%.
  • On the commodities front this morning,
    • Oil is trading 0.38% higher at 78 US dollars and 3 cents a barrel, gold is trading 0.29% higher at 2316 US dollars an ounce and iron ore is trading 1% lower at 107 US dollars and 38 cents a tonne.

Trading Ideas:

  • Bell Potter maintains a buy rating on Electro Optic Systems (ASX:EOS), despite downgrading its 12-month price target to $2.10. The buy rating is maintained by Bell Potter as it is estimated that EOS will generate $70.3m in revenue for CY24 and assuming an EBITDA margin of around 29%, this implies an underlying EBITDA of $20.4m. The $2.10 price target remains a greater than 15% premium to the current share price, hence the buy rating is maintained.
  • Trading Central has identified a bearish signal on Stockland Corp (ASX:SGP), indicating that the stock price may fall from the close of $4.47 to the range of $4.04-$4.12, on a pattern formed over 12 days, according to the standard principles of technical analysis.

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