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Morgans AM: Tuesday, 20 April 2021
US equity markets retreated from record highs amid fresh falls for the technology sector – Dow eased -123-points or -0.36%, snapping a three session inning streak that carried to index to multiple record closing highs. The broader S&P500 -0.53%, pulling back from a record closing high (4,185.47). Consumer Discretionary (down -1.14%) led ten of the eleven primary sectors lower. Real Estate (up +0.29%) was the only primary sector to advance. Tesla Inc fell -3.40% ollowing a fatal crash in Spring, Texas, over the weekend. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk tweeted a denial that his company’s automated driving systems were involved. The Nasdaq -0.9%, retreating for the first time in three sessions. Nvidia Corp fell -3.46% after the UK government said it would look into the national security implications of Nvidia's purchase of British chip designer ARM Holdings, raising a question mark over the US$40B deal. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will assess the competition, jurisdiction and national security impact of the deal, with a report due by 30 July, the government said. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 index fell -1.36%.
Morgans AM: Monday, 19 April 2021
US equity markets booked another round of record closing highs to end the week – Dow up +165-points or +0.48% to 34,200.67 and a record closing high after crossing the 34,000 threshold for the first time in the previous session. Boeing Co fell -1.17% after the planemaker said that the potential electrical problem that prompted airlines to remove dozens of 737 MAX jets from service last week affects more areas of the aircraft's flight deck than previously known. The broader S&P500 rose +0.36% to 4,185.47. Real Estate (up +1.95%), Health Care (+1.74%), Materials (+1.18%) and Utilities (+1.11%) all rose over >1% to lead ten of the eleven of the primary sectors higher. Energy (down -0.90%) Information Technology (-0.03%) were the only primary sectors to close in the red. UBS Wealth Management increased their year end S&P 500 target to 4,400. The Nasdaq added +0.10% to 14,052.34 the second highest close ever for the technology centric index. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 index rose +0.25%. For the week, the Dow rose +1.18% and S&P500 +1.37%, with both indices logging their fourth straight weekly advance. The Nasdaq gained +1.09% to log its third straight weekly advance.
Morgans AM: Friday, 16 April 2021
The Dow and S&P 500 clinched fresh record closing highs after the latest round of economic reports continued to affirm a healthy recovery from the pandemic – Dow gained +305-points or +0.90% to 34,035.99, logging its first close above >34,000. The Dow took 20 sessions to traverse and eclipse 34,000, which marks its fourth 1,000-point milestone so far this year, already the most since 2017, which saw five such milestones, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Home Depot Inc contributed 264 points to the price-weighted Dow’s most recent +1000 point climb, with UnitedHealth Group Inc adding ~260 points and Microsoft Corp ~140 points. The broader S&P 500 +1.11% to 4,170.42. The S&P Information Technology sector (up 1.79%) hit an all-time high. Energy (down 0.88%) and Financials (-0.11%) were the only primary sectors to settle lower Advanced Micro Devices was the best performing index constituent with a 5.7% gain. The Nasdaq +1.31% to settle ~0.4% below its 12 February record closing high (14,095.47). Facebook Inc (+1.65%), Amazon.com Inc (+1.38%), Apple Inc (+1.87%), Netflix Inc (+1.70%) and Alphabet Inc (+1.85%) all climbed more than >1%. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 index rose +0.42%.
A stronger Australian dollar: Michael Knox, Morgans Chief Economist
We expect the Australian dollar to be significantly stronger as we move into the second half of calendar 2021 .
Morgans AM: Thursday, 15 April 2021
A mixed session on Wall Street despite some stellar first quarter results from a brace of banks to kick off the earnings season – Dow added +54-points or +0.16% to 33,730.89, settling ~0.5% below is 23 March record closing high (32,423.15). The Dow pared an earlier climb of over >200-points that lifted the index to a fresh record intra-session high (). The broader S&P500 eased -0.41% a day after logging its 21st record closing high (4,141.59) of 2021 but touched a fresh record intra-day high (4,151.69). Consumer Discretionary (down -1.17) and Information Technology (-1.1%) both fell over >1% to be the worst performing primary sectors. Energy gained +2.91% to comfortably lead the primary sector gains. Costco Wholesale Corp edged ~0.1% higher in after hours trading after lifting its dividend more than >12% to US$0.79c per share. The Nasdaq fell -0.99%. Netflix Inc (down -1.97%) and Facebook Inc (-2.24%) dropped more than >2% each, which Amazon.com Inc (-1.97%), Microsoft Corp (-1.12%) and Apple Inc (-1.79%) all dipped at least 1%. Coinbase Global Inc, the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange and one of the first crypto exchanges to go public, settled at a +31.3% premium to its US$250 issue price and was briefly valued above $100B after touching a session peak of US$429. Dell Technologies Inc rallied over >8% in extended trading after announcing a plan to spin off its 80.8% stake in VMware Inc (up +2.77% in extended trading) to shareholders. Dell holders would receive 0.44 VMware shares for each Dell share held, subject to adjustment prior to close. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 index rose +0.8%.
Morgans AM: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
• U.S. stocks traded mostly higher on Tuesday after a March inflation report turned out not as bad as some traders feared, but the impact of a halt to the rollout of Johnson & Johnson vaccine kept optimism in check. The Dow Jones fell -68 points or -0.2%, the S&P 500 added +0.33% and locked in a new closing high. The Nasdaq, the relative outperformer, gained +1.05% as Apple and PayPal each added more than +2%. Semiconductor maker Nvidia climbed +3%, Tesla rose +8.6%.
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