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Morning Bell 15 March

Sam Kanaan
March 15, 2024

Wall St closed lower overnight following the release of inflation data that came out higher than expectations. The Dow Jones fell 0.35%, the S&P500 lost 0.29% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended the day 0.3% in the red.

US producer price index for February came out overnight, showing a 0.6% rise month on month, double the consensus and forecast of 0.3%.

Over in Europe, markets closed lower following further inflation readings coming out of the US. The STOXX600 closed down 0.2% with media stocks ending the session 0.7% higher and mining stocks falling 1.4%. Germany’s DAX fell 0.11%, the FTSE100 fell 0.37% with the French CAC gaining 0.29%.

Locally yesterday, the ASX200 fell 0.20% by market close yesterday. Losses were lead by the financial and consumer discretionary sectors which lost 1.88% and 0.73% respectively. This was offset by the materials sector which rallied 1.85% by the end of the trading session.

What to watch today:

  • The Australian share market is set to open lower, with the SPI futures suggesting a fall of 0.73% at market open this morning.
  • On the commodity front this morning,
    • Oil is trading 1.72% higher to US$81.09 cents a barrel as the IEA increased its 2024 demand-growth estimation for crude oil to 1.3 million barrels from 1.2 million.
    • Gold is trading lower just over half a percent at US$2162 an ounce as the US inflation reading overnight made investors question the Fed’s interest rate cuts.
    • And iron ore is trading 3.15% lower at US$107.50 cents a tonne.

Trading Ideas:

  • Bell Potter has initiated coverage on McMillan Shakespeare (ASX:MMS) and has a buy recommendation with a 12-month price target of $22.52. McMillan Shakespeare is a leading provider of employee benefits within remuneration packages and operated commercial fleets and disability support services. It has been initiated as a buy rating as MMS provides a unique exposure to a growing demand profile for renewable fuels and vehicle electrification on the ASX. Australia will need to achieve more than 50% of new EV sales by 2030 to meet current climate targets.
  • And Trading Central has identified a bearish signal in Tourism Holdings (ASX:THL), indicating that the stock price may fall form the close of $3.10 to the range of $2.25-$2.40 on a pattern formed over 183 days, according to the standard principles of technical analysis.

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