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S&P 500 Gains 2%; Good Gains In Healthcare, Tech And Financials

By IGMarket OverviewNov 08, 2016 07:29AM ET
S&P 500 Gains 2%; Good Gains In Healthcare, Tech And Financials
By IG   |  Nov 08, 2016 07:29AM ET
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The market is telling you they feel Clinton has the election in her sights and judging by the strong moves in healthcare (globally), the view is we see the Democrats take back the Senate and the Republicans retaining the House, although the race for the Senate in actuality is a 50/50 proposition.

The S&P 500 has rallied 2%, with good gains in healthcare, tech and financials and volumes are in-line with the 30-day average.

These leads provide a great read through for Asia, although much of the gains in US equities have already been priced into Asian stocks. In US trade materials stocks have largely underperformed, but then again they have been comparatively better performers of late. Still, the commodity story is one that we simply have to look at in a positive light, and while it is not a new story the ferocity behind the buying is like a standing in front of a freight train and will do wonders for Australia’s trade deficit if prices can hold current levels. Overnight we saw copper +2.2% and gaining for an incredible eleventh day. Spot iron ore has gained 3.7%, with futures (Dalian exchange) +2.9%. Steel and coking coal futures have gained 3.8% and 4.2% respectively and remain the poster boy of all things speculation in China. There must a be a real fear of missing out (FOMO) underway in the Chinese trading community and we even saw egg futures (traded on the Dalian exchange) rally 3.5%!

BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE:BHP) should open around 1.3% higher, but it’s the mid- and smaller-cap names that are on fire here. Take a look at the daily chart of Sims Metal Management Ltd (SG:SGM), it looks like a thing of beauty right now. Names like OZ Minerals Ltd (AX:OZL) (Oz Mineral) and Sandfire Resources NL (AX:SFR) also are breaking out and looking like a trend and momentum traders dream right now. Put these stocks on the radar, it seems this is the place to go hunting in the Aussie stock market, despite already having a run.

SGM Daily Chart
SGM Daily Chart

The ASX 200 enjoyed a 1.4% rally yesterday and SPI futures are up a more modest 12 points from the 17:00 overnight re-set. Whether traders fade todays open or carry on buying in earnest is my question of the day, and if I had to make an assumption it would be that further upside prevails. The leads are just so bullish (but baked in to a degree), but have the gains come from a position adjustment (short covering) or are we seeing genuine buying? The S&P 500 has rallied back above 2116 (a key resistance level), the US volatility index has lost 17% and there is still far more hedging to unwind and emerging market assets are flying, with the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSE:EEM) having its best day since March (+3.3%).

Traders are focused on the outcome of the US Electoral College vote and while various estimates have been thrown around they all have Clinton wining, with anywhere between 274 to 322 seats (the victor needs 270). If Clinton takes Florida then its goodnight Vienna for Trump and campaign over, and from what I can see Clinton is getting the edge here and the potential 29 College votes Florida provides. North Carolina is also a toss-up too, with Clinton seemingly pulling ahead in Nevada and New Hampshire. Trump seems to have picked up steam in Ohio and Missouri.

The AUD has also benefited from moves in metals and bulks and AUD/USD is right in the $0.7700 to $0.7750 sell zone. A break of $0.7750 would take the pair into the April high of $0.7835 and from there a test of $0.8000. All well and good if our terms of trade are going berserk like they are. The bigger moves have been seen against the JPY, with AUD/JPY breaking above the 2015 downtrend (see chart below). Stay long this pair for now and I would be trailing stops below ¥79.27.

In terms of event risk I suspect todays NAB business confidence print at 11:30 aedt will do little to alter market sentiment (regardless of the actual print). The same could be said for China’s October trade data (no set time), where the surplus is expected to increase to $51.7 billion, with exports expected to fall 6% and imports drop 1%. Late yesterday we saw China’s October FX reserves fall $46 billion to $3.12 trillion, but while many will talk about sizeable capital outflows from China and the potential headwind to growth, be not alarmed, as this was a result of valuation and changes in the holdings of its reserves, as opposed to pure capital leaving China.

Daily Chart Of AUD/JPY
Daily Chart Of AUD/JPY

S&P 500 Gains 2%; Good Gains In Healthcare, Tech And Financials

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