News on AMC.ASX

News on AMC.ASX

Packaging giant Amcor will take a hit of between $US170 million and $US200 million ($A227.49 million-$A267.63 million) in pre-tax profits over the 2017 and 2018 financial years, after announcing several measures to streamline its flexibles business.

Keep this one on your radar. It’s likely that a buy signal will occur  following the aggressive sell-side  response to the earnings news. This is a market darling and leveraged investors will be getting squeezed. An oversold condition will soon emerge and we expect to see a signal within the $14.25 to $15.00 range.

 

Long SEK.ASX

Long SEK.ASX

SEK

This is a difficult one to pinpoint the ideal entry level, so you may want to think about managing the entry price with two separate buy transactions. The momentum supports a bounce at or near the $14.50 to $15.00 range as an entry point. This will be a slow consolidation, followed by a bounce higher. Be patient, mange the entry price and SEK should deliver further upside momentum.

US Macro

Over the last few months, it’s become evident that FED Chair Janet Yellen, along with other voting FOMC members, have placed more emphasis on the wages and unemployment components of the labor matrix, and less emphasis on the new jobs in reference to their “data dependent” analysis of the overall US economy.

However, after last Friday’s shocking 38,000 new jobs on the headline Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) number, it’s likely that Ms Yellen will make some direct reference to the data miss when she speaks at the World Affairs Council today in Philadelphia at 12:30 NY time.

After Friday’s steep sell off in the USDX, FX investors will be listening for comments which clarify whether the FED chief is looking at Friday’s report as an outlier, and not consistent with the vast majority of economic indicators, or as a signal that Q2 growth will not rebound as briskly as expected.

Our base case has been that a June rate adjustment was not particularly likely given the proximity to the UK referendum and the fact that FED officials have very little stomach for taking controversial positions. However, given the broader economic information set, we are reluctant to rule out a July rate hike and see no compelling reason not to expect the weakness in the May report to be a statistical fluke; which is not uncommon from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For example, In March of 2015 the headline NFP number was 84k, in December, 2013, there were 45k jobs created and in April 2012 job growth fell to 75k. In none of these cases did the disappointing headline number signal the end of the economic or labor cycle. In fact, in two of the four examples given, the following month’s headline NFP jobs growth was over 200k.

As a labor economist and experienced FED Governor, Ms Yellen will likely look past the noise of high frequency data and focus on the underlying positive growth signals. From that perspective, very little changed last Friday. Less than two weeks ago, Ms Yellen acknowledged that it might be appropriate to raise rates again in coming months. Without being too specific, if she simply maintains that type general assessment, it would be sufficient to keep the July FOMC meeting alive.

As such, with the ECB still expanding their QE and the Japanese economy still contracting, once the dust settles from last week’s terrible NFP report we expect the USD to re-emerge as the cleanest shirt in a dirty pile and recover last week’s losses.

AUD/USD

The string of weaker Australian economic data came to an abrupt stop this week as both the GDP and Trade Balance data printed better than expected. And while the internal components of the reports weren’t as strong, the AUD/USD has had a bid tone all week. Our trade suggestion is to sell into the rally.

US Macro

Foreign Exchange investors who were looking for clarity from yesterday’s ECB policy announcement would have been disappointed as comments from Mario Draghi failed to drive the single currency beyond recent ranges. Although the EUR/USD posted a 1 week high of 1.1220 prior to the meeting, the pair gave up those gains after the press conference to settle at 1.1150 at the NY close.

And while the ECB officials didn’t say anything particularly negative about the financial conditions in the European Union, the reiteration of more possible stimulus, expansion of the current QE operations and fears over a “Brexit” vote was enough keep many traders on the sidelines.

Looking ahead to today’s US Non-Farm payroll report (NFP), there is a strong possibility that the recently settled Verizon strike could skew both the headline jobs growth number as well as the average hours worked components of the report.

The Verizon strike affected close to 40,000 workers at the Telco giant, but employment growth should still be strong enough to confirm a tightening labor market and support recent FOMC views that the FED is close to lifting the FED funds target soon.

According to a Reuter’s survey of economists, NFP likely increased by 165k in May after rising 160k in April. The jobless rate is forecast to drop by one-tenth of a point to 4.9%. The same report last week suggested that the month-long strike could slice 35,000 jobs from the headline number and without the strike employment for May would have risen to close to 200k.

The striking workers, who returned to work on Wednesday, were statistically regarded as unemployed since they did not receive a salary during the payrolls survey week.

On balance, it’s likely that as long as the hourly wages data prints in the positive .2% area and the unemployment rate is reported at 5.0% or lower, market participants will accept the report as consistent with a pick up in US growth in Q2 and support recent USD gains. In this sense, we suggest that there could be an asymmetrical response to a better-than-expected headline number.

Short AZJ.ASX

Short AZJ.ASX

AZJ

AZJ is within 5% of the target to begin shorting the stock. Increased cost of debt, 100% dividend payout ratio and limited top line revenue growth should see the stock trade from our $4.60 to $4.80 short range back to sub $4.40 in the near future. Keep this one on your radar.

 

2 June 2016 ETF Signals

ASX Listed ETF Signals

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BEAR.ASX is an inverse ETF based on the ASX 200 index. We note in today’s signals, BEAR.ASX has been triggered as a new bull trend. If you’re confused on this, remember it’s “inverse”, meaning it will rise in value as the XJO 200 falls.

Short XTL.ASX

XTL.ASX

XTL

The ASX top 50 index is displaying short side momentum. Focus your efforts on the Investor Signals “BEAR Trend” within the ASX top 50 equities email service.