What’s happening in markets?
The Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) indices plunge after hot CPI then whip saw higher, moving in a ~5% range. Here’s what you need to know now
Core inflation (which excludes volatile food and energy items) rose to a 40-year high in September which gives the Federal Reserve reason to continue with its aggressive interest-rate hikes. The Nasdaq 100 fell over 3% and the S&P500 fell 2.35% before both major indices whipsawed higher with the Nasdaq ending up 2.3% and the S&P500 up 2.6%. Short selling covering would have played a huge role in the reason markets whipsawed higher. Institutional investors spent more than $10 billion on put contracts (insurance on downside protection) on individual stocks last week. That’s a record. And we’ve been speaking about this for some time. At Thursday’s low, a lot of those contracts would have become immediately profitable when the market fell; causing traders to cover their put positions. That being said, the futures market is now pricing in US interest rates will peak at 4.9% next year, with the Fed expected to hike by 0.75% when they next meet, which implies markets still have to price this in, and so, too investors. We also believe markets will be driven by a ‘peak hawkishness’ narrative, essential where growth assets typically continue to face pressure and value strengthen. Also recall, amid the energy crisis, there are the most rising-free cash flows in energy markets, which offer value.
Australia’s ASX200 (ASXSP200.1) may likely meet a similar fate to US equities and have a wild day of trade
In Australia a similar situation is playing out with the futures market is now pricing in interest rates will peak at 3.9% next year. We have seen the RBA express ‘peak hawkishness’, is behind it. But the market is still pricing in rate rises will continue, but at a steady pace. This means growth sectors remain pressured and value strengthens. Consider; amid the energy crisis, there are the most rising-free cash flows in energy markets, which offer value and support share price growth. This is worth perhaps reflecting on, especially given coal prices hit fresh highs and we are not at peak coal demand season (January) yet. As such energy prices seem supported higher.
What to consider?
Most traded instruments at Saxo this week
The most traded stocks this week at Saxo in Australia are Tesla, Apple, Whitehaven Coal (hit new high), Coles, and Bank of Queensland results. What’s the takeaway here? We need to reflect on the trends. Trends are your friends when it comes to making profits in markets. In the banking sector; we heard from Bank of Queensland who is forecasting house prices to drop and loan growth to slow. Coal prices are moving up and continues to be supported. And in when it comes to the most transacted upon futures, in commodities; we've seen a pick-up in buying of Crude oil Futures; with the OPEC and EIA still predicting demand will outpace supply in 2023, meaning we could expect higher oil prices into next year.
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