Global markets, especially in the US and here are weaker and moving sideways after a period touching record highs.
The ASX 200 (XJO) moved is back in the 7,500 range.
Companies continue to release quarterly updates. August / moving into early September every year, seasonally tends to be a weaker period.
We spoke in depth about the market and the likelihood of a correction based on technical analysis. It is not one to be alarmed about for long term investors. They are healthy and return markets back to fair valuations and provide buying opportunities.
The ASX VIX (volatility index) remains under 12.
Volatility doesn’t necessarily show market direction (up or down) but the range of average price changes over time.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX Index (XVI) calculates the amount of volatility expected in the market over the next 30 days.
• High readings indicate uncertainty (bearish)
• Normal readings suggest a slight bullish bias
• Low readings indicate low volatility (bullish) and strong investor confidence.
“Corporate Actions volumes increased in all our major regions as a result of clients raising capital, improved IPO markets…and strong M&A activity” Stuart Irving, CEO, Computershare Ltd
“Equities trading is likely to remain robust, given the ongoing uncertainty due to COVID, both here and around the world…the Listings pipeline currently looks well supported as we continue to see interest from New Zealand companies considering listing on the ASX and a buoyant mining sector” Dominic Stevens, CEO, ASX Ltd
“As the past 18 months have shown, Australia has a very strong, stable and secure financial system” Matt Comyn, CEO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd
Technology & Telecommunications
“The pandemic has been a catalyst to bring the laggards and the late adopters to the cloud and the new way of doing business” Craig Scroggie, CEO, NextDC Ltd
“We continued to see strong customer growth in mobiles albeit there is no doubt the market has slowed considerably due to COVID. This has included the sharp reversal of net immigration and population growth in Australia as well as hardware supply shortages” Andy Penn, CEO, Telstra Corporation Ltd
“Multi-residential activity is expected to remain weak, with a lift in activity not expected until immigration returns” Zlatko Todorcevski, CEO, Boral Ltd
“Our customers have never been busier in R&R [renovation & refurbishment] capacity” Peter Wilson, CEO, Reece Ltd
“The accessibility and imperative of remote working is accelerating the shift towards lower density and regional residential housing” Mark Vassella, CEO, BlueScope Steel Ltd
“As an international real estate group, we expect FY22 to be the cyclical low point for both development production and profitability” Tony Lombardo, CEO, Lendlease Corporation Ltd
“Healthcare properties remain strongly sought after, with increased domestic and international interest in Australian healthcare property and increasing interest in social infrastructure property more generally” Market Statement, Arena REIT
“Retail leasing activity during the period was the strongest it has been for some time as retailers expanded their physical store networks and launched new brands. We also saw encouraging levels of office enquiry, particularly from technology and services companies” Bob Johnston, CEO, GPT Group Ltd
“State and federal governments around the country, particularly, focus on the investment in critical infrastructure to support a post COVID recovery and a strong economy into the future” Leigh Mackender, CEO, Service Stream Ltd
“Although wholesale electricity prices have rallied in recent months, our result reflected the impact over the past two years of increasing generation supply and lower demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and milder weather” Graeme Hunt, CEO, AGL Energy Ltd
“Strong commodity prices are leading to significant budget increases for exploration programs. Capital raisings have been strong throughout the last 12 months, and a large portion of that money is still to be deployed…We maintain that the industry is certainly keen to increase expenditure, but it may not be able to run as fast as it would like to in the short-term” Paul House, CEO, Imdex Ltd
“We continue to see project sanctioning delays in line with the targeted capital expenditure exhibited by our customers, which is expected to continue through FY22” Market Statement, Worley Ltd
“While market conditions are expected to be strong, COVID-19 impacts and the skills labour shortage will continue to be a major challenge for the industry” Rob Velletri, MD, Monadelphous Group Ltd
Commodities & Resources
“While in the medium term we see supportive industry and end use demand trends, it is uncertain how long the current robust conditions will be sustained” Market Statement, BlueScope Steel Ltd
“And when we look at our soft commodities through the months of the financial year because we’ve got long contracts, we don’t actually see much of an increase although there is an expectation that there will be some increases in the second part of the calendar year ’22 with what we’re observing around the world” Don Meij, CEO, Domino’s Pizza Ltd
“Government stimulus in response to ongoing COVID-19 pressures has driven strong demand for our products at a time of constrained supply resulting in a significant spike in most [commodity] prices” Jakob Stausholm, CEO, Rio Tinto Ltd
“Consumers have pent up savings and economies are growing as they open, but consumers will begin spending on services [compared with products]” Market Statement, Breville Group Ltd
“FY22 has started strongly, YTD revenue is up 26% on PCP [previous corresponding period] with ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns boosting new customer growth and returning customer spend” Market Statement, Adore Beauty Group Ltd
“[Post lockdown] we expect spending to recover quickly as we saw when lockdown restrictions were eased in our overseas markets due to pent-up demand” Gerry Harvey, Executive Chairman, Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
“The strength of e-commerce – up 31.8 per cent as Australians took to online shopping in record numbers – has supported the [FY21] result, as did the temporary regulatory changes which allowed us to meet the significant parcel demand and ongoing mail delivery” Rodney Boys, CEO, Australia Post
Buy Now Pay Later
“Buy now, pay later is still in the early stages. If we look at the global opportunity, what we are seeing is a shift from the credit economy to the debit economy, and that is being stimulated by the next generation of Millennials and Gen Z, who want trust-based relationships reflected in everything they do, including payments and spending” Anthony Eisen, Co-CEO, Afterpay Ltd
Media & Advertising
“Forward [ad] bookings for the remainder of the year are currently tracking well ahead of the same time last year” Market Statement, Here There & Everywhere Ltd
“As conditions have become more fluid during the pandemic, we are seeing advertisers capitalising on the flexibility of digital out of home [advertising]” Cathy O’Connor, CEO, oOh!Media Ltd
“We continue to experience strong demand for new vehicles, with an increasing order book due to supply constraints” Keith Thornton, CEO, Eagers Automotive Ltd
“The customers still want to visit our showrooms. They still want to test drive the cars and they still want to trade-in cars at the dealership” Nicholas Pagent, CEO, Autosports Group
Travel & Aviation
“It has been a very difficult time for our industry but after 18 months of being largely shut down, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel” Andrew Burnes, CEO, Helloworld Travel Ltd
“We have seen strong demand as travel restrictions ease in North America and Europe, suggesting significant upside as more international markets reopen” John Gusci, CEO, Webjet Ltd
“I wish to put on record our vote of gratitude to the Federal Government without which all passenger airlines in Australia would certainly have entered administration” Lim Kim Hai, Executive Chairman, Regional Express Group Ltd
“In Entertainment, with cinemas reopening globally, studios began to release blockbuster films and the immediate demand for the cinema experience was evident” Market Statement, Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd
“It is also encouraging to see our Theme Parks business continue to receive strong support from the local drive market” Gary Weiss, Chairman, Ardent Leisure Group Ltd
Health & Wellness
“In ANZ we expect challenging conditions to persist in the vitamins and supplements market as international borders remain closed and state-based lockdowns continue to impact retail spend and foot traffic…Furthermore, we expect e-commerce and Pet to be a source of growth in the ANZ business” Alastair Symington, CEO, Blackmores Group Ltd
“I’m especially happy with the Surgical [division], where in spite of a lot of postponed surgical procedures and lines getting longer and longer, we’re seeing good growth in Surgical” Magnus Nicolin, CEO, Ansell Ltd
“The recovery in ANZ job ad volumes began in the second quarter of FY21, and then increased rapidly. By March of this year, job ad volumes exceeded pre COVID-19 levels and were at all-time highs. The centrality of SMEs in the recovery meant that yield also grew, supported by greater depth usage due to high competition for people” Ian Narev, CEO, Seek Ltd
“Strong demand for agricultural, off-the-road and 4WD tyres as farm output and regional economic activity reached levels not seen for many years” Market Announcement, National Tyre & Wheel Ltd
“We’re seeing excellent demand for high quality Australian grain, particularly with recent weather-related crop production challenges in the northern hemisphere, and July delivered our biggest month of contracted sales on record” Robert Spurway, CEO, GrainCorp Ltd
Food & Beverage
“Sales slowed as expected in H2 [FY21] as customers shopped more frequently with smaller basket sizes” Brad Banducci, CEO, Woolworths Group Ltd
“Deflation in the fourth quarter was driven by the grocery, dairy, frozen and convenience categories due to the cycling of lower promotional activity following unprecedented demand and uncertainty of supply in the prior corresponding period. This was partially offset by inflation in fresh, particularly in red meat from elevated livestock prices” Market Statement, Coles Group Ltd
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