Marcus Today End Of Day Report
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- ASX 200 closes 44 points lower following Trump tariff tantrum.
- Post lunch rally saves blushes.
- High 5965 Low 5902. Volume average.
- Banks hold but big miners hit hard.
- Gold stocks hold up on safe haven buying.
- TLS continues to slide.
- Healthcare in the spotlight.
- AUD steady at 77.57c
- Bitcoin continues to climb US$11,051.
- US futures down -84 as sentiment sours.
- Asian markets rattled on trade wars fears with Japan -1.48% and China CSI down -0.48%.
FUTURES AND HIGHS AND LOWS
Advancers and Decliners
- BSL +0.80% shrugs off tariffs.
- RIO -1.27% US trade sanctions and late breaking ASIC allegations.
- WGX +2.90% broker upgrade and roadshow.
- APE +1.50% airbag recall?
- NEC -3.02% profit taking.
- HVN -1.54% selling continues.
- ALU -4.13% profit taking.
- GXY -6.61% ORE -4.23% lithium unwinds.
- SDA -4.59% TA associates sell 13.1% at 545c.
- SGH +33.18% low volume. Low liquidity.
- ISX +8.57% still in spotlight post livewire write up.
- AYS -9.09% not so amazing.
- BGA -1.19% broker upgrades.
- Speculative stock of the day: Taruga Gold (TAR) -30.43% yesterday’s hero, today's villain. Positive Spec of the day Venus Metals (VMC) +12.50% after a thick cobalt nickel discovery at the Youanmi project (good name).
- Biggest risers – DMP, WGX, SAR, DCN, GSC and SAR.
- Biggest fallers – SYR, HUB, SDA, GXY, SXL and KGN.
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- Atlas Iron (AGO) – unchanged - Announced it has signed an agreement with Sinosteel to export lithium from Pilbara Minerals' Pilgangoora project. It said it will use its logistics chain to handle the ore at a very low capital cost and without affecting current iron ore production. It will sell up to 1.5m tonnes over a 15-month period on a fixed price basis. And as part of the arrangement, SinoSteel will advance funds to cover prepayments due to Pilbara for mine development costs. Atlas says it expects to generate an operating margin of $15-20 per tonne and is on track to commence first exports in the June quarter.
- Retail Food Group (RFG) – trading halt - The stock will return from its suspension on Monday. Underlying net result of NPAT of $24.7m down 31.8%. The company is making a non-cash impairment of $138m reporting a loss of $87.8m. Net debt was $259.7m and in the only good news is in compliance with its debt covenants. The company has called the outlook challenging.
- Speedcast (SDA) -4.59% TA Associates has sold down its 13% stake in the company at 545c.
- HIA Housing data today showed sales of detached housing fell 2.1%. Now 14.9% below cyclical peak. HIA is forecasting detached housing completions to fall 5.1% this year. It expects a larger 15% drop for multi-unit construction.
- Sales in NSW fell 5.7% leaving them -0.8% on a year earlier.
- Victorian sales also slipped, falling 4.4% from December.
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ASIAN MARKETS NEWS
- Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday US tariffs on imported steel and aluminum would substantially raise costs and therefore prices of cars and trucks sold in America, Reuters reports. Toyota added that more than 90% of the steel and aluminum purchased for cars built in the United States is sourced from the country
- The Chinese steel industry is furious, offering a powerful, early taste of the global antagonism that the curbs are likely to cause.
- South Korea, home to steelmakers including POSCO, is going into lobbying mode.
- The unemployment rate in Japan fell to the lowest level in nearly a quarter-century in January as the ratio of open jobs to applicants remained at the highest level since the early 1970s.
EUROPE AND US MORNING HEADLINES
- Donald Trump's decision to impose a 10% tariff on imported aluminium and 25% on steel is "bad policy at a bad time and will only add to the risk of a trade war" according to Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP Capital Investors.
- Mexico will retaliate if Trump’s tariff plan includes them.
- Italian elections this weekend. Another potential pinch point. Remember how the market got its knickers in a twist over Greece?
- The rich are getting richer. No trickle down.
- Qualcomm has got the backing of a large investor to reject the advances of Broadcom’s $142m hostile takeover.
Henry Jennings has been involved in financial markets for over 35 years as both a trader and a broker in London and Sydney.
Starting his career in London trading derivatives and moving to Australia in 1989, Henry eventually settled at Macquarie Group, rising to become a Divisional Director responsible for Equity Trading in Australia. For the last decade, Henry has been involved in private client broking and now writes exclusively for the renowned financial newsletter Marcus Today. Henry regularly appears on ABC TV and Sky Business as a market analyst, commentator and strategist and has presented at various conferences most recently for the AIA on the Gold Coast.
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