Three of Morgan Stanley’s top materials sector picks

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Welcome to Charts and Caffeine - Livewire's pre-market open news and analysis wrap. We'll get you across the overnight session and share our best insights to get you better set for the investing day ahead.


  • DOW - 30962 (-0.56%)
  • S&P 500 - 3901 (-1.13%)
  • NASDAQ - 11,552 (-1.43%)
  • CBOE VIX - 26.27 (0.42%)
  • US 10YR - 3.453%
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  • STOXX 600 - 414.78 (-0.65%)
  • UK 10YR - 3.165%
  • GOLD - US$1,677/oz (-1.9%)
  • WTI CRUDE - US$85.10/bbl (-3.8%)
  • DALIAN IRON ORE - US$100.58/T (-0.1%)


  • Dow sheds over 170 points as investors react to higher Treasury yields
  • US inflation increasingly less about pandemic and geopolitics and more about tight labour market
  • CEOs survey shows decreased plans for hiring, capital investment
  • Some of China's biggest state-run banks have cut deposit rates for first time since 2015
  • PBOC pauses monetary easing, partially rolls policy loan, keeps rate unchanged
  • China targeting growth of around 5.5% in 2022, but economists don't even think 3% is achievable anymore
  • China's exporters warn of hard times ahead as softer overseas markets force job cuts, lower-value goods
  • UK consumer confidence declined into negative territory for the first time since 2020
  • Narrowing CPI-PPI spread may offer some optimism for stocks
  • Dividends/buybacks and gas boom drive US energy stocks higher in the face of retreating crude prices 


There is plenty on the docket for next week so I'll keep it to the most important stuff. 

AU: RBA meeting minutes, Tuesday at 11:30 am, AEST - the market will be on the lookout for any clues as to the likely pace and quantum of rate hikes

US: Fed decision, Thursday at 4:00 am, AEST - this is the big one for markets. How has the recent hot inflation print changed the Fed's thinking, if at all? We will find out, whilst the press conference should make for interesting reading as well. Last time Powell spoke at Jackson Hole, he upset the apple cart. We also get Flash Services PMI on Friday at 11:45 pm, AEST

Everyone else: We also get interest rate decisions and policy statements from the BOJ, Swiss National Bank and Bank of England - all on Thursday. We also get European and German manufacturing and services PMI numbers on Friday.  


Short and sweet this week with regard to the ASX 200 chart. When I covered it last week, the price was 6836. As of yesterday's close, it was 6843. A whopping seven-point move in a week. So there's nothing new to add from last week. The path of least resistance remains to the downside and a visit to the 6600 and 6400 levels the higher probability outcomes. The only positive is that the longer the price action hovers in the 6800-7000 range and consolidates, the less likely the market will break lower. For now however, the market is in no-man's-land. 

Given the brevity of coverage on the ASX 200, I thought we could play a game of 'name that stock'. The chart below is one of the best-looking charts in the market right now - a nice, clean, well-supported uptrend. If you think you know what it is, share your guess in the comments below. 

Staying with the technical bent, I wanted to share with you the following chart, which came from an article on MarketWatch, accompanied by the headline "Why the stock-market selloff could get ugly if S&P 500 falls below 3,900". And it's not hard to see why. The 3900 level has acted as support and resistance on multiple occasions over the past two year, clearly it is an important turning point in the market. If it gives way, the next supports are around 3700, and then 3650. 


Staying in the US, one of the burning questions analysts have been asking is whether or not the probabilities of a recession have already been priced into the market. To help out, Oxford Economics created the following graphic. It shows that, historically, the peak to mid-June trough decline for the S&P 500 of 24% is in line with 'mild' US recessions over the past 15 years. For context, the average drop for a mild recession was 34%, whilst severe slumps like 1973 and 2001, saw declines of 43%. 


This morning’s stocks to watch comes to you courtesy of the Morgan Stanley research department which has run the ruler over the materials sector. They continue to like the space, which they believe will benefit from inflation, whilst valuations are cheap. The breakdown for a few different commodities are as follows;

THERMAL COAL – Preferred stock in the space is Whitehaven (ASX: WHC) after a bumper August report, with 30% upside to the $11.20 target price

ALUMINIUM – South32 (ASX: S32) and Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO). Aluminium is trading in the 50% percentile of the cost curve which is a historically significant rebound point according to Morgan Stanley. There are also EU supply pressures whilst inventory is low.

GOLD – MS doesn’t think gold is ready for its day in the sun just yet, with rising rates in focus. There is some value starting to emerge, with Newcrest (ASX: NCMand Northern Star (ASX: NST) at the top of the list.

Elsewhere, Fortescue (ASX: FMGlooks expensive, whilst Mineral Resources (ASX: MIN) has been downgraded to EQUAL-WEIGHT following its strong performance – up almost 50% since March. 


Keep this in your back pocket the next time you sit down with the kids to play a 'friendly' game of monopoly (as if there is such a thing). Aside from being banker, it might be the best thing to give you an edge. 

Today's report was written by Chris Conway


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