ASX200 adds 2.34% for the month

James Gerrish

Market Matters

Another day where sellers took the gong - the index traded down however there was a lot happening under the hood with the Macquarie Equities Conference underway – more on that below. Most selling happened in the morning on the back of weaker than expected Chinese Manufacturing data – the mkt + resources hit fairly hard on the news although recovered from their lows.

The China Data was the main event and that was a miss while private sector credit came in pretty much inline.

A good month in April for the market with the index trading up +2.34% on the month – more in terms of sectors / stocks below.

Overall today, the ASX 200 fell by -34 points or -0.53% to 6325. Dow Futures are trading down -9pts / -0.03%

ASX 200 Chart

ASX 200 Chart


Macquarie Conference – A few interesting themes played out today at the Macquarie conference. The retailers that presented did okay with sales growth better than perhaps the markets downbeat expectations . Supercheap (SUL) and JB Hi-Fi (JBH) headlined and were fine.

In the property space, Stockland (SGP) reiterated FY19 guidance and said they were on track to settle over 6,000 residential lots which is largely in line with market expectations, Mirvac (MGR) also reaffirmed FY19 earnings per share (eps) guidance of 16.9-17.1cps which is in line with expectations, and they’re on track to hit over 2,500 residential lot sales, importantly, defaults remain at less than 2%. Vicinity (VCX) - FY19 guidance reiterated and ditto for Dexus (DXS) who confirmed FY 19 guidance which was for Dividend growth of ~5%. All in all, the doom and gloom in property, especially in the residential sector hasn’t really yet started to bite.

It was less rosy for Domain (DHG) which fell around 7% today with revenue down 6% for the March quarter. The mkt wasn’t expecting a lot but a 6% decline in revenue for the quarter is a slap in the face – hence the stock was hit today after a reasonable run up from the lows…

Domain (DHG) Chart

Here’s a look at how all companies performed that presented today:

Tomorrows agenda as follows….

9.30am – The A2 Milk Company (A2M), Mineral Resources (MIN), ARB Corporation (ARB)

10.30am – Origin Energy (ORG), NIB Holdings (NHF), Service Stream (SSM), Northern Star Resources (NST)

11.15am – APA Group (APA), Speedcast (SDA), Lifestyle Communities (LIC), Evolution Mining (EVN)

12.00pm – Aurizon (AZJ), IDP Education (IEL), ReadyTech (RDY), Regis Resources (RRL)

1.30pm – Suncorp Group (SUN), Bingo Industries (BIN), HUB24 (HUB), Saracen Mineral (SAR)

2.15pm – Rio Tinto (RIO), Steadfast Group (SDF), The Citadel Group (CTD), Resolute Mining (RSG)

3.00pm – Nine Entertainment Co (NEC), Perpetual (PPT), SG Fleet Group (SGF), Beach Energy (BPT)

4.00pm – Skycity Entertainment Group (SKC), NextDC (NXT), Vista Group International (VGL), St Barbara (SBM)

4.45pm – Coca-Cola Amatil (CCL), Nearmap (NEA), Starpharma (SPL), OceanaGold (OGC)

Two stocks we hold positions in caught my eye… Emeco (EHL) +3.48% today while Costa Group (CGC) +3.66% also had a good session – both stocks are starting to look good here in terms of their price action – worth keeping on the radar if you don’t own.

Costa Group (CGC) Chart

Newcrest (NCM) -2.42% - Down today on a weaker set of production numbers which showed Gold production 623koz vs quarter-ago 655koz, Copper production 25.3kt vs quarter-ago 26.8kt, AISC $738/oz. vs quarter-ago $720/oz. Year-to-date gold and copper production up 7% and 33% respectively compared to prior year and Year-to-date AISC of $744/oz., 12% lower compared to prior year. Worth noting the December QTR was a record + they had planned maintenance during the period.

Guidance maintained for the full year – stock traded down sub $25 and it starting to look interesting.

Newcrest (NCM) Chart

Seek (SEK) -0.65%; After mkt and ahead of their Macquarie conference presentation on Thursday, SEK was out with updated guidance with NPAT now expected to be moderately below FY18 reported profit. The market was set for a flat result at the profit line in FY19 so this guidance is effectively a downgrade and the magnitude is dependent upon what the term moderately means – generally I think its 5% so assuming that’s correct, and applying a PE re-rate given the stock trades on 32x with no growth, and a 10% fall tomorrow is on the cards…

From the announcement…

Seek (SEK) Chart

Month End…it didn’t really feel like a month end sort of day however April was another good one for equities. Here’s the stats in terms of Stocks & Sectors

Sectors – Materials have come off the boil with the overall mkt did well adding another +2.34%

Plus best and worst stocks – we own Healius (HLS) that did well and no stocks in the bottom group.

Broker moves:

Orica (ORI) -1.12% - hit early on this downgrade but recovered from the lows – we hold in the Platinum Portfolio and remain comfortable with the position.

Orica (ORI) Chart

· Orica Downgraded to Neutral at UBS; PT A$19.20

· A2 Milk Co Downgraded to Sell at Morningstar

· Domain Holdings Downgraded to Neutral at JPMorgan; PT A$3.15

· REA Group Downgraded to Underweight at JPMorgan; PT A$74

· Flight Centre Downgraded to Sector Perform at RBC; PT A$42

· Pilbara Minerals Upgraded to Neutral at JPMorgan; PT A$0.65

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James Gerrish
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