What Mattered Today: WHC production numbers - not good enough

James Gerrish

Market Matters

Not really sure what to write about this afternoon given we’ve seen a similar trend play out today than recent days – Wall Street strong, our mkt OK on open before sellers get the upper hand throughout the session + we saw the mkt whacked on the close. Sometimes when you write a morning note, an afternoon note, send out trade alerts + do a weekly income report you get void of ideas, and right now, I’m paddling that boat.

Interestingly enough, I had a good chat to a subscriber today, a lovely gent who sent us a hamper at Christmas and couldn’t be happier with the MM service, who commented on the amount of content going out, the transparency of our views, the accuracy of most and the hardworking nature of the MM team. We love hearing that and although we certainly won’t ever  please everyone, we do our best to write realistic and authentic content each and every day. Thanks Paul – this afternoons note may be a disappointment!  

On the economic front we did see employment data out today with the unemployment rate ticking up to 5.5% from 5.4%, however the participation rate was strong so the data today was not really a representation of a weakening labour market.

The Aussie dollar volatile, SELL being the first response on the headline unemployment rate before the details were digested and the mkt bid it back up. Early on today the currency pushed up through US80c which is a 5c gain in a touch over a month – which is a big move. More on the currency (more so the $US below)  

Aussie Dollar – Daily Chart

Overall, the Real Estate stocks were strong today in a relative sense while the Energy stocks struggled.  An overall range today of +/-  21 points, a high of 6035, a low of 6014 and a close of 6014,  down -1pt or -0.02%

ASX 200 Intra-Day Chart

ASX 200 Daily Chart


1. White Haven Coal (WHC)  $4.40 / 6.18%; A poor day for the coal producer following a weaker than expected set of Q4 production numbers with a few key points. OK quarter but a few key (not so flattering takeaways)

  1.  LOWERED guidance from 22-23mt to 20.5-21mt … NOT a GOOD headline.
  2. Narrabri (major prodn source) – mining issues = lower prodn and HIGHER costs (+$2/t)
  3. Cost pressures elsewhere – aim to limit to $1-2/t

And more holistically, met coal price has finally cracked – down 10% this week alone + steel maker margins have compressed as well . Overall this now looks a decent SELL and should trade lower if the heat comes out of the commodity space, which it will at some point.

WhiteHaven Coal (WHC) Daily Chart 

Currencies; The $US has broken down towards the 90 area as we anticipated, taking gold and most $US denominated commodity prices higher. The obvious question for us is where do we expect it to stop?

  • The weekly trendline support comes in around the 86-87 region.
  • The last major monthly pullback was around 2010 and was 16-points, which would target ~88.
  • The daily picture, which is accelerating lower, targets the mid-high 80’s region.
  • Gold seasonally is usually strong from now until the end of February.

While the $US Index remains below 91.8 we expect a test of 86-88, however note gold / resources may top out before the final low in the $US depreciation.

You can play this trend through the USD.AXW on the ASX and we’ll write about this + will send out a video next week discussing the trend, and the ability for us to take advantage of it.

US Dollar Index

That’s all for today….

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Have a great night

James & The Market Matters Team

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James Gerrish
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James is the Lead Portfolio Manager & primary author at Market Matters, a digital advice & investment platform with over 2500 members that offers real market intel & portfolios open for investment. He is also a Senior Portfolio Manager at Shaw and...

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