Stocks consolidate November gains as Tesla hits record, Bitcoin eyes ATH

European stocks maintained a slight bullish bias on Friday after Wall Street managed to rally despite a lacklustre start. Yesterday, the S&P 500 opened lower but bulls made steady progress throughout the session and the index at the highs.

The FTSE 100 inched up in early trade Friday to above 6,350 as the consolidation of the November thrust continues. BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce led the way thanks to the government’s renewed commitment to defence spending.

US 10-year yields continued to slip and haven’t been this low since the vaccine news broke – a reflation-rotation unwind in progress? Gold’s key support at $1,850 held again. WTI (Jan) rose to $42 but still remains very rangebound.

The end of the Trump regime appears to be as anarchic and dysfunctional as it was during its heyday. In a rare rift between the two, the US Treasury and Fed openly disagreed over the end of pandemic assistance programmes, helping to drive US futures lower after yesterday’s positive session.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called on Fed chair Jay Powell to extend 4 lending programmes by 90 days, but demanded a scheduled end to five other lending programmes and the Fed hand back some $455bn in unused funds for use elsewhere.

The Fed said no, explaining it “would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy”. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic told Bloomberg these tools are an important backstop and have restored market confidence.

Covid cases continue to rip through the US, prompting new restrictions, including a 10pm curfew in California. The good news is the rate of case growth seems to be slowing. US jobless claims rose for the first time in five weeks – getting that fiscal bridge is looking increasingly pressing.

On that front, there was some relief as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would resume talks with Democrats over a potential Covid-19 fiscal stimulus package. Across the pond, stimulus efforts remain on pause as Hungary and Poland hold out. Budget impasses are hardly anything new in the world of EU horse-trading.

EURUSD was steady at 1.1870.

Tesla shares powered to a record high at $508 as investors continue to bid the stock ahead of inclusion in the S&P 500. Indeed, according to Goldman Sachs, of the 189 large-cap mutual fund managers it follows, 157 do not own Tesla.

According to their estimates, Tesla’s scheduled inclusion in the S&P 500 on Dec 21st “could result in $8 billion of demand from active US large-cap mutual funds”. That would be about 2% of market cap.

Morgan Stanley raised its price target on the stock to $540, saying Tesla is on the verge of a shift from just selling cars to sustaining a high margin, recurring software/services business. In its ‘bull case’ scenario, MS offers a price target of $1,068.

Brexit talks continue but virtually now after a delegate caught the virus. Reports this morning said EU envoys have been briefed that all three main Brexit hurdles remain unresolved.

GBPUSD breached the trend line support yesterday but recovered and trades on it this morning at 1.3260. A second breach and close today under this level may call for test of the longer-term trend line support and 23.6% on cable’s favourite anchor point at 1.30. Tick tock on the Brexit clock.

GBPUSD breached the trend line support yesterday but recovered and trades on it this morning at 1.3260

Elsewhere, after steadying around $17,400 Bitcoin pushed up to $18,400 again this morning and remains well bid above the 18k level ahead of a possible attack on the all-time highs. I would not be surprised if bulls push this to $20k by the time markets open on Monday morning.

Bitcoin pushed up to $18,400 again this morning and remains well bid above the 18k level ahead of a possible attack on the all-time highs

La settimana che ci aspetta: I ricavi di Tesla e Netflix sono guidano il comparto tecnologico

Questa settimana la stagione degli utili entra nel vivo a Wall Street con Tesla che ha annunciato i risultati del trimestre appena terminato dopo aver consegnato un numero record di veicoli durante il trimestre. Netflix, il canale a pagamento più seguito durante il Covid, aggiornerà il mercato sulle performance dei suoi utili trimestrali e sui nuovi abbonati. Per il resto i dati prenderanno forma questa settimana con il focus sui PMI flash di venerdì.

Tesla

Quest’anno Le azioni di Tesla  sono cresciute del 450% circa, e la società ha aumentato vendite e profitti, facendo evaporare le preoccupazioni sul suo bilancio. Mercoledì l’azienda riferirà i dati sul terzo trimestre, e gli investitori si aspettano forti guadagni grazie al numero record di consegne nel corso degli ultimi tre mesi. Tesla ha consegnato 139.300 veicoli nel terzo trimestre e ne ha prodotti 145.036. Questa cifra ha segnato un aumento significativo rispetto alle circa 90.000 unità consegnate nel secondo trimestre.

L’analista di Baird Ben Kallo ha recentemente aumentato del 25% il suo target di prezzo su TSLA. In una nota che ribadisce un rating neutro che ha avuto nei riguardi del titolo sin da gennaio, l’analista ha innalzato aumentato il target di prezzo da 360 USD a 450 USD. Egli ritiene che la società possa iniziare a concentrarsi nuovamente sugli investimenti per la crescita dopo l’aumento del valore del titolo.

Kallo ha scritto: “abbiamo riscontrato un maggiore interesse in entrata per TSLA, che spiega i movimenti rialzisti e ribassisti”. “È interessante notare che abbiamo riscontrato che gli investitori si concentrano sempre di più sugli scenari a lungo termine, dal 2025 in poi, in netto contrasto con alcuni mesi fa, quando l’attenzione era concentrata sul trimestre in arrivo”. Gli analisti restano divisi su Tesla, con 7 valutazioni Buy, 10 Sell e 13 Hold/Neutral.

 

Netflix

Un importante dato per il mercato sarà il numero di nuovi abbonati che Netflix è riuscita a raccogliere nel terzo trimestre. I lockdown in tutto il mondo hanno dato un enorme impulso nella prima metà del 2020, con il numero dei nuovi abbonati cresciuto da 12 a 26 milioni rispetto allo stesso periodo dell’anno precedente. La società ha previsto 2,5 milioni di nuovi abbonamenti nel terzo trimestre, contro i 6,8 milioni del trimestre precedente, poiché il forte aumento del primo semestre ha probabilmente rallentato la domanda nella seconda metà dell’anno. Tuttavia, potrebbe trattarsi di una stima molto prudente e Netflix potrebbe abbondantemente superare la cifra prevista.

Gli investitori guarderanno anche al consumo di cassa, mentre le produzioni iniziano a ripartire; l’investimento in contenuti è un costo, ma è anche visto come una leva importante per Netflix per superare i rivali in uno spazio sempre più competitivo. “L’investimento nella libreria di nuovi contenuti di Netflix ha permesso all’azienda di trasformarsi da una piattaforma per guardare le repliche a una fonte di contenuti di qualità originali, fino a diventare il palcoscenico preferenziale per alcune delle più importanti film in anteprima, il che rende questo servizio una parte essenziale di qualsiasi pacchetto di intrattenimento per i consumatori”, hanno affermato gli analisti di Cannacord all’inizio di quest’anno.

Goldman Sachs, che in precedenza aveva fatto notare che “gli enormi investimenti nei contenuti, l’ecosistema di distribuzione globale e il miglioramento della posizione competitiva porteranno ulteriormente i risultati finanziari significativamente al di sopra delle aspettative”, ha recentemente incrementato il suo target di prezzo sul titolo passando da 600 USD a 670 USD, indicando i risultati superiori alle aspettative del terzo trimestre come probabile fattore rialzista.

Non dimenticarti di seguire il nostro Speciale quotidiano sulla stagione degli utili su XRay per avere altri aggiornamenti.

Dati economici

I dati economici globali sono piuttosto scarsi. Il focus sarà sulla stagione degli utili a Wall Street che potrà fornire un’indicazione per i mercati. Essendo con tutta probabilità la Cina l’unico paese a crescere quest’anno, il dati sul suo PIL, sulla produzione industriale e sugli investimenti in immobilizzazioni previsti per lunedì aiuteranno a dare una direzione ai mercati all’inizio della settimana. I dati sulle vendite al dettaglio e sull’inflazione nel Regno Unito saranno analizzati per scovare eventuali indizi sul fatto che la Banca d’Inghilterra potrebbe adottare tassi di interesse negativi, dopo aver inviato una lettera alle banche chiedendo la loro disponibilità ad accettare tassi al di sotto dello zero. Venerdì saranno pubblicati i PMI manifatturiero e dei servizi flash per Stati Uniti, Regno Unito, Eurozona, Giappone e Australia. Questi dati aiuteranno a capire se lo slancio della riapertura sta svanendo rapidamente al crescere dei timori ribassisti.

Un occhio sulle elezioni

Infine, gli investitori dovranno guardare con attenzione alle elezioni americane, con il tema della possibile vittoria dei democratici che potrebbe scatenare un’ondata di stimoli fiscali sul mercato. I dati dei sondaggi hanno rivelato che Joe Biden ha un buon margine su Donald Trump. Tuttavia il suo vantaggio negli stati chiave che decideranno le elezioni è molto più risicato. Inoltre, va detto che quattro anni fa Trump in questo periodo era messo anche peggio, se si pensa agli stati più importanti. La corsa per il Senato sta assumendo ulteriore interesse, dato il presupposto che Biden trionferà: un Senato repubblicano potrebbe seriamente ostacolare gli sforzi di riforma. C’è da aspettarsi un aumento della volatilità con l’avvicinarsi delle elezioni, ma come hanno sottolineato la settimana scorsa gli amici di BlondeMoney, i timori per un risultato contestato potrebbero essere esagerati.

 

I principali dati economici di questa settimana

Date  Event 
Oct 19th  China GDP, fixed asset investment, industrial production 
Oct 19th  BOC business outlook survey 
Oct 20th  RBA meeting minutes 
Oct 21st  UK CPI inflation 
Oct 21st  Canada CPI, retail sales 
Oct 21st  US crude oil inventories 
Oct 21st  Fed Beige Book 
Oct 22nd  German Gfk consumer climate 
Oct 22nd  US weekly initial jobless claims 
Oct 22nd  US CB leading index 
Oct 22nd  Nat gas storage 
Oct 22nd  New Zealand CPI inflation 
Oct 23rd  Flash PMIs – AUS, EZ, Japan, UK, US 
Oct 23rd  UK retail sales 

 

I principali rapporti sugli utili di questa settimana

Non dimenticarti di seguire il nostro Speciale quotidiano sulla stagione degli utili su XRay per avere altri aggiornamenti.

Date  Company 
Oct 20th   Procter & Gamble 
Oct 20th   Netflix 
Oct 21st  Tesla 
Oct 21st  Verizon 
Oct 22nd  Amazon* 
Oct 22nd  Intel 
Oct 22nd  Coca-cola 
Oct 22nd  AT&T 
Oct 21st   NextEra Energy 
Oct 20th   Lockheed Martin  
Oct 23rd  American Express 
Oct 23rd  Daimler 
Oct 21st  Biogen 
Oct 19th   Philips 
Oct 20th   UBS 
Oct 20th   Snap (Snapchat) 
Oct 19th   IBM 
Oct 22nd  Valero Energy 
Oct 20th   Vinci 
Oct 20th   Reckitt Benckiser 
Oct 21st   Countrywide 
Oct 21st   William Hill 
Oct 21st   Metro Bank 
Oct 21st   Centamin 

*Slated for this date 

 

 

Broad rally for equities as UK goes for lockdown-lite, Tesla fails to spark, precious metals under pressure

European markets rose 1% in early trade on Wednesday, extending mild gains from the previous sessions following the steep selling on Monday. Yesterday, the S&P 500 rose 1%, and the Nasdaq climbed 1.7%, whilst markets across Europe were a little more mixed with London and Frankfurt higher but Paris lower.

Today sees solid bid across sectors and bourses with a slate of manufacturing and services PMIs in focus. The FTSE 100 recovered the 5,900 level, with even IAG and easyJet getting in on the action, rising 6% each. Safe-haven play Fresnillo was off by a similar margin as silver and gold prices come under a good deal of pressure again today.

There is no clear evidence for the airlines to rally except that perhaps there was an overreaction earlier in the week.

PMIs underline the fragility of the recovery

I will issue the usual caveat about extrapolating too much from these diffusion indices, but they do highlight an interesting trend. The manufacturing sector can sustain a recovery as firms can work out how to function in the new environment, but it’s harder for many service sector businesses to operate at all, which drags on the number.

Service sector companies are also much more exposed to the caprice of lockdowns. Both German and French services PMIs came in under 50, indicating contraction (survey respondents think things are worse than the month before), while both countries’ manufacturing PMIs pointed to expansion.

The UK is heading for a second lockdown-lite

This will dent the recovery and hit some sectors especially hard, but perhaps more importantly this is spurring the chancellor into action. With the furlough scheme slated to end in October, there is a risk of a jobs calamity even without further lockdown restrictions, which are a possibility.

Rishi Sunak is reported to be working on new plans to support jobs, which may ease worries among investors that the UK economy could fall off a cliff for a second time just as the Brexit process reaches its finale.

Individual stocks are putting some very big moves daily which only indicates the kind of dislocation in market pricing, uncertainty about the path of the pandemic and the fact that no one really knows where a lot of these securities ought to be trading.

Whether it’s value or growth, tech or travel, the unevenness of both the recovery and government policy means it’s hard to know what a fair value is. Trying to extrapolate a narrative to fit all of this is often a fool’s errand.

Tesla stock tumbles after Battery Day reveals fall flat

A case in point: Tesla shares fell over 5% and extended their decline by a further 7% in after-hours trading, despite Elon Musk outlining the company’s plans to halve the cost of battery manufacturing and market an electric car at $25,000. The new battery tech would deliver 16% more range and x6 more power, but the company said production in volume is three years away.

There is some debate about whether Tesla’s Battery Day announcements amount to incremental or revolutionary changes to battery technology, but two things are clear: Tesla has not suddenly acquired warp speed capability, but clearly the company has a roadmap to cheaper, longer life battery technology that it will make itself and will allow it to lead the EV field for a while longer.

Panasonic and other suppliers were hit with Tesla planning to make its own battery. Nevertheless, given all the anticipation around a potential game-changer in battery technology, investors were a little underwhelmed by the news. Tesla’s Frankfurt-listed shares declined 7% at the open, before paring losses a touch.

Nike climbs as online sales surge, Ant Group takes another IPO step

Nike shares shot higher after-market following an 82% rise in online sales, with the company expecting to benefit from a permanent shift to direct online sales. EPS of $0.95 beat the $0.47 expected, on revenues of $10.6bn vs the $9bn expected. Nike continues to benefit from its strong brand presence that is akin to Apple in the smartphone space, as well as large investments in its web and mobile platforms. Shares in Adidas and Puma rose about 4% on the read-across.

Ant Group took a step closer to its mega-IPO after it submitted documents for registrations of the Shanghai side of the listing. The company plans to list both on Shanghai’s STAR Market and in Hong Kong, with valuation estimates in the region of $250bn-$300bn.

Cable softens, BoE Baily fails to quell negative rate fears

In FX, GBPUSD traded under 1.27 in early European trade after the downside breach of the 200-day EMA presented bears with an obvious momentum play. Yesterday’s move under the 1.2760 level has opened up the path to further losses and today the pair is trading through the 100-day line and testing the 38.,2% retracement at 1.2690.

Whilst Andrew Bailey attempted some push back on negative rates, saying they are not imminent, the takeaway from his comments was that this unorthodox and dangerous tool is very much being actively considered by the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Chart: GBPUSD downside exposed

The USD continues to find bid, which is weighing on gold. DXY extended its push out of the channel, forcing gold to trade under $1,900 and test the 50% retracement around $1875, corresponding with the horizontal support of the descending triangle formed by the August lows. Silver has a bearish bias after breaching the August low.

Chart: Dollar continues breakout

 

Chart: Gold tests 50% retracement

Chart: Silver breaks August lows

La settimana che ci aspetta: Il Battery Day di Tesla susciterà l’interesse degli investitori

Martedì Tesla terrà il tanto atteso e tanto pubblicizzato Battery Day, con gli investitori in attesa della possibile rivelazione di una nuova tecnologia rivoluzionaria. Nel frattempo, il flusso dei dati economici proseguirà con i flash PMI relativi all’Eurozona, con la decisione sui tassi di interesse della Reserve of Bank della Nuova Zelanda e con il rapporto settimanale sull’occupazione negli Stati Uniti.

Nei prossimi giorni, il presidente della FED Jay Powell e il governatore della Banca d’Inghilterra Andrew Bailey dovrebbero rilasciare delle dichiarazioni dopo gli incontri del Federal Open Market Committee del Monetary Policy Committee della scorsa settimana.

Il Battery Day di Tesla

L’assemblea annuale 2020 degli azionisti di Tesla si terrà martedì 22 settembre alle 13:30 Pacific Time. Subito dopo questo appuntamento, Tesla terrà l’evento chiamato Battery Day, che ha generato una notevole quantità di speculazioni azionarie per ciò che il CEO Elon Musk potrebbe rivelare.

Potrai trovare la nostra guida completa all’evento cliccando qui.

Come sta andando la ripresa economica?

La ripresa economica globale sta perdendo slancio? Sebbene la ripresa immediatamente dopo i vari lockdown sia stata relativamente facile, sarà molto più complicato ritornare ai livelli del 2019. I guadagni marginali stanno diventando più difficili da ottenere, e alcuni indicatori economici ad alta frequenza stanno iniziando a stabilizzarsi. Ad esempio, i PMI dell’Eurozona hanno iniziato ad indebolirsi.

L’ultimo ciclo di indagini flash su produzione e servizi nell’Eurozona, nel Regno Unito e negli Stati Uniti è previsto per mercoledì. Nel frattempo, giovedì gli operatori osserveranno con attenzione le cifre settimanali relative alle richieste di sussidio di disoccupazione negli Stati Uniti, mentre venerdì gli ordini di beni durevoli statunitensi offriranno un utile indicatore in grado di anticipare la domanda delle imprese.

Come stanno rispondendo le banche centrali?

La settimana scorsa la Federal Reserve e la Banca d’Inghilterra hanno rivelato di essere pronte a fare di più come richiesto, e che i tassi di interesse dovrebbero rimanere bassi per molto tempo. Questa settimana la Reserve Bank della Nuova Zelanda entrerà in azione dopo che il paese ha registrato la peggiore recessione degli ultimi decenni.

L’economia del paese si è contratta del 12,2% tra aprile e giugno, registrando il calo più netto dall’inizio dell’attuale sistema di misurazione nel 1987, poiché le rigide misure di lockdown hanno paralizzato le attività.

La Reserve Bank della Nuova Zelanda ha esaminato i tassi negativi con il vicegovernatore Christian Hawkesby che il mese scorso ha affermato che la banca centrale sta “preparando le basi” per ulteriori strumenti relativi alla politica monetaria, tra i quali tassi negativi. Il cambio di passo avverrà adesso, oppure verranno effettuate altre valutazioni e l’economia si riprenderà grazie al numero molto basso di casi?

In evidenza su XRay questa settimana

Leggi il programma completo dell’analisi e formazione del mercato finanziario.

15.00 UTC 21-Sep Tesla Battery Day Preview
17.00 UTC 21-Sep Blonde Markets
17.00 UTC 22⁠⁠⁠-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Sep Webinar: Identify Trends and Choose Technical Indicators
14.45 UTC 24⁠⁠-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Sep Master the Markets
17.00 UTC 24⁠-⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Sep Election2020 Weekly

Eventi economici principali

Presta attenzione agli eventi più importanti sul calendario economico di questa settimana. Un calendario completo degli eventi economici e aziendali è disponibile sulla piattaforma.

06:00 UTC 

22-Sep  Kingfisher – Half-Year Results 
14.00 UTC  22-Sep  Eurozone Consumer Confidence 
02.00 UTC  23-Sep  Reserve Bank of New Zealand Rate Decision 
07.15 – 08.00 UTC  23-Sep  Eurozone Flash Services / Manufacturing PMIs 
Pre-Market  23-Sep  General Mills – Q1 2021 
08.30 UTC 23-Sep  UK Flash Services / Manufacturing PMIs 
14.30 UTC 23-Sep  US EIA Crude Oil Inventories 
23.50 UTC  23-Sep  Bank of Japan Meeting Minutes 
08.00 UTC  24-Sep  German Ifo Business Climate 
Pre-Market  24-Sep  Accenture – Q4 2020 
12.30 UTC 24-Sep  US Weekly Jobless Claims 
14.30 UTC  24-Sep  US EIA Natural Gas Storage 
After-Market  24-Sep  Costco Wholesale Corp – Q4 2020 
11.00 UTC  25-Sep  Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 
12.30 UTC 25-Sep  US Durable Goods Orders 

 

Tesla Battery Day primer: Can Musk deliver as TSLA rallies on event hype?

Tesla Battery Day primer

  • Battery Day event scheduled for Sep 22nd
  • Signs of speculative buying ahead of event
  • Elon Musk hints at more energy dense batteries

Investors are charged up with excitement ahead of Tesla’s Battery Day event. Shares have rallied about 25% in the last week after the stock tapped on the 50-day simple moving average following some heavy selling in the middle of the Nasdaq’s early September pullback.

This of course followed disappointment at missing out on S&P 500 inclusion, and some very aggressive bid that took place in and around the stock split. So is Battery Day all hype, or is there something to it?

Tesla’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 13:30 Pacific Time. Immediately after this meeting, Tesla will hold the Battery Day event.

CEO Elon Musk, in his usual caution, said in January that the event will ‘blow your mind’. Recently he toned it down a bit, teasing ‘many exciting things’. Whilst we should always take his pronouncements on Twitter with a pinch of salt, clearly there is a high degree of expectation and speculation – and speculative buying of TSLA stock – taking place in the run-up to the event.

Batteries matter

To deliver on its EV promise, Tesla needs to own the battery space. Without this, it’s not so different to an OEM. Musk commented on this at Tesla’s Q4 2019 earnings call in January, explaining that in order to ramp up Model Y production, introduce the Cybertruck and launch the Semi electric truck, a lot more batteries would be needed.

“So, the thing we’re going to be really focused on is increasing battery production capacity because that’s very fundamental because if you don’t improve battery production capacity, then you end up just shifting unit volume from one product to another and you haven’t actually produced more electric vehicles,” Musk said.

And whilst Tesla has a lead in the powertrain stakes, traditional players may catch up. “It’s worth noting that the Model S has like a 100 kWh pack, the [Porsche] Taycan has like a 95 kWh pack. The Model S is steadily approaching 400 miles of range. The Taycan has 200 miles of range. So we must be using that energy pretty efficiently, and the powertrain is a big part of that,” Musk added in January.

Whilst battery production is one thing, making the batteries more efficient is quite something else. Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell, an ultra-capacitor manufacturer and battery technology business based in San Diego, is a considerable factor.

What to expect from Tesla’s Battery Day

My expectation is that Musk is about to announce if not a leap then a progression in battery technology that brings EV costs down to, or close to, traditional automobiles. It would be a surprise if Tesla were not able to say it has made further progress on batteries that are more energy dense and have a longer life.

We note for example, that on August 24th this year Musk said battery cells of 400 Watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) with a high cycle would be possible in volume within 3 to 4 years, way beyond the current 260 Wh/kg in the Model 3, which could indicate knowledge of some improvement coming in the Tesla batteries.

There has also been speculation that Tesla may unveil “silicon nanowire anode” technology that can greatly increase battery density and cell life. All of this remains speculation, of course.

If Tesla can both lower costs and increase battery energy density and life, it would be a significant step forward for the company and further cement its lead in the EV space. However, given the recent rampant speculation on the stock and Musk’s capacity to somewhat overstate his case, there is a considerable risk of a buy-the-rumour, sell-the-fact trade.

Tesla Stock Signals

Whilst client flows remain positive (87% bullish), analysts remain downbeat – the average price target of $300 vs the current $450 for the stock implies a 34% downside. We also note that hedge funds have been decreasing their holdings.

Baillie Gifford, one of the top shareholders, recently reduced its stake as the holding approached fund limits, but also because of fears that valuations had just got silly. Our insider signals tool also delivers a sell signal on the stock.

Pound at 6-week low, European stocks stabilise but risk sentiment fragile

Tech stocks bled heavily again for a third straight day as trading resumed on Wall Street following the Labor Day weekend. Tesla slumped a whopping 21% to notch its worst day ever. The other major tech giants also dropped heavily as the Nasdaq fell 4% and entered correction territory – down 10% from its recent peak.

Whilst this began as more of a technical correction within tech following the astonishing ramp in August than a broad risk-off move, it is nonetheless bleeding into the broader market and dragged down the majority of stocks. US benchmark yields have retreated and oil prices have rolled over.

SPX not far behind after Nasdaq enters correction territory

There was some rotation going on – Disney, Nike, McDonald’s, Ford and GM rose – but the S&P 500 still declined almost 3% and is not so far off correction territory itself. On the whole there is a sense that this selloff represents that sentiment has become too exuberant and needed to correct.

We may expect the US market now to chop in W-pattern over the coming months and follow the path taken by European equities since June with the loss of momentum in the economic recovery and US election risks likely to become more visible in equity markets.

Asian equities fell with the weak US handover. European stocks opened a little bit higher in early trade but risk sentiment appears very fragile. The FTSE 100 is enjoying the pound’s distress with heavyweight dollar-earners like BP, Shell, Unilever and British American Tobacco among the best risers.

In dollar terms the market is flat. The index got a confidence boost as Barclays raised their call on UK equities to ‘market-weight’ from ‘underweight’.

Increase in coronavirus cases weighs on recovery outlook

Nevertheless, investors are becoming worried again about rising Covid cases across many developed markets which threaten the trajectory of the recovery and may well weigh on demand in a number of sectors.

The evidence is evident in a couple of markets. Oil prices have rolled over with WTI dropping under $37 to hit its weakest since the middle of June. Another tell that this tech-led selloff is more than just a simple technical correction are bond yields.

US 10-year Treasury yields logged their biggest drop in a month, sliding from 0.72% Friday to 0.682%. Despite the move in yields gold prices remain resolutely stuck to the $1930 anchor having tested $1906 and the 50-day SMA yesterday.

There is also some negative headlines around work on a vaccine which may weigh on risk a touch, or at least provide algos with a sell signal. AstraZeneca shares fell after it was forced to pause clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate after a participant in the study was taken ill.

Such are the problems with pinning hopes on a vaccine for a return to normal to be possible. The worry is that while we have all kind of assumed that one company will come up with vaccine later this year, it’s not going to be plain sailing.

Tesla tumbles after S&P 500 snub

Tesla shares got well and truly smoked after it was not added to the S&P 500, to some surprise. Tesla stock hadn’t traded below its 50 day average price since April 13 and closed the day at this level at $330 – this level needs to hold or we could see further declines for the stock.

The market was surprised by Tesla not being included in the index. At the time, we talked a lot about how possible inclusion in the S&P 500 was a big driver of the stock’s rally earlier in the year and therefore being snubbed will force some funds to rethink whether they need to hold such a high beta stock if it’s not part of the index.

Pound sinks on Brexit worries, strong dollar

In FX markets, sterling is finding the going very tough, sinking to a 6-week low with the dollar catching a bid and Brexit risks weighing. DXY has advanced to clear 93.50 and test the top of the descending wedge, while EURUSD dropped further under 1.18 ahead of the ECB meeting which might be a lot more dovish than the market thinks.

This is not a pure dollar move by any means – the pound was also at its weakest since the end of July against the euro, too. For cable this has meant the build-up of downside pressure has blown out the stops at 1.30 and GBPUSD is running south with not a lot of support until 1.28.

Brexit risks are a major factor – the UK government admitted it will break international law in order to fix the withdrawal agreement should there be no deal by October 15th. Talks continue today between the UK and the EU and there are clear headline risks as traders see a higher chance of no deal emerging.

However, we should caution that a deal will likely emerge at the last moment after considerable brinkmanship from both sides that makes it seem as though a deal is impossible. Nevertheless, with still 5 weeks to go before the deadline imposed by the British government, there may be a very rough ride ahead for the pound.

Chart: Stops are out as GBPUSD trades below 50-day SMA

Chart: Having pushed clear of the 21-day SMA the dollar tests top of the descending wedge, 50-day SMA above

FTSE lags as dollar continues to drop

Back to school: the unruly mob are back. But that is enough about MPs going back to work – children start the autumn term this week and the furlough scheme starts to unwind with the government reducing its contribution to employees’ wages to 70% in September.

Furlough forever is simply not an option – zombie staff, zombie businesses. But it means unemployment is surely set to rise – and consumer confidence always follows. The chancellor is floating a tax raid – better to monetize the debt surely?

Stocks soft after strong August

Stocks were a tad weaker on Monday, but August was a great month. The MSCI World index rose 6.6% and the S&P rallied over 7% to record their best August since 1986. The Nasdaq rose 10%. August is usually a poor month for stocks.

Tuesday morning saw a firm bounce for the major European bourses, though the FTSE 100 lagged as it played catchup following the bank holiday. A stronger sterling is also dragging on the big dollar earners. AstraZeneca has started large-scale human trials of its coronavirus candidate vaccine in the US.

The Federal Reserve has put a floor under markets and a ceiling on rates, delivering conditions where stocks can only float higher. We call this TINA – There Is No Alternative. It’s not sustainable of course, but it won’t stop the Fed and other central banks continuing to inflate the bubble. The Fed’s policy shift on inflation has marked a important change for the central bank and it may be followed by the ECB and others.

Vix futures – the so-called ‘fear gauge’ are telling another story. These have started to grind higher despite stocks rallying, which raises a warning about the future path of the market. As previously mentioned, volatility should rise as the election approaches and the races proves far tighter than it currently looks. In summary, the options market is sending a signal that the stock market is not.

Strong China manufacturing PMI lifts sentiment, despite soft readings from France, Spain

Sentiment this morning is helped by data showing Chinese factory activity rose at the fastest pace since 2011. French and Spanish manufacturing PMIs softened, dropping under 50 to signal contraction, while Italy’s was a little better than expected at 53.1.

Some of the moves in US shares are striking. Apple rose over 3% to $129 after splitting, whilst Tesla shares rocketed 13% on its busiest day ever. Stock splits shouldn’t make a difference, except this time they have. Tesla is up 74% for the month.

Zoom races higher after smashing earnings forecasts

Zoom rose almost 23% in after-hours trade after it reported a 355% rise in revenues to $663.5m for the July quarter, smashing forecasts for around $500m. Zoom has proved to be a Covid winner of epic proportions – but shouldn’t we all be going back to the office by now? The UK significantly lags Europe and others in ‘getting back to work’ statistics – this has a huge implication for productivity and for the wider economy.

The dollar continues to soften and trying to guess the bottom is akin to catching a falling knife. The dollar index sank to fresh two-year lows in the wake of the Fed’s inflation shift. Perennial dollar bulls have been caught off guard with the unwind, however the Fed’s recent shift on inflation targeting only underlines that bears called this early.

More inflation and a central bank prepared to let it happen should reduce the purchasing power of the dollar and therefore it ought to weaken. However, with the buck usually a safe harbour, it shouldn’t soften too much more.

The pound was up, with GBPUSD pressing on the post-election euphoria high of last December a little above 1.34. There are Brexit risks ahead – talks recommence next week – but for the moment the major driver of this is the dollar’s weakness. Gold futures rose to $2,000/oz as the weaker dollar lifted commodity markets and US real rates – 10-year TIPS – have sunk again as inflation expectations rise.

La settimana che ci aspetta: Frazionamento azionario di AAPL & TSLA, rimpasto del Dow Jones, focus sui nonfarm payrolls americani

Cosa succederà ad Apple e a Tesla una volta che i loro frazionamenti azionari saranno in vigore? Come reagirà il nuovo Dow Jones alle ultime novità del mercato? Riusciranno le buste paga del settore non agricolo a confermare il trend in forte crescita?

I frazionamenti di Apple e Tesla

Questa settimana Apple e Tesla inizieranno ad essere scambiate con i nuovi prezzi dopo aver completato i loro recenti frazionamenti azionari. AAPL calerà di un quarto, TSLA di un quinto. Entrambe le azioni hanno visto dei forti apprezzamenti dopo l’annuncio dei frazionamenti, con Apple che è cresciuta sopra quota 500 USD per azione la settimana scorsa, e Tesla che continua a salire fino ad aver superato di recente il valore di 2000 USD.

Spesso le azioni calano di valore dopo un frazionamento perché chi le possiede vende le azioni in eccesso per realizzare qualche profitto dopo un apprezzamento del valore, ma ciò potrebbe essere solo una situazione temporanea. Apple presenterà presto la sua ultima gamma di iPhone, compresi i modelli 5G di cui si è parlato a lungo. L’atteso evento Battery Day di Tesla, previsto per il 22 settembre, potrebbe essere la scena dell’annuncio dell’azienda di nuove innovazioni per migliorare la gamma e le prestazioni delle sue auto.

Potrai saperne di più sui frazionamenti azionari e su come influiscono gli scambi cliccando qui.

Il nuovo look del Dow Jones Industrial Average

A seguito del frazionamento azionario di Apple, il Dow Jones Industrial Average sarà un’entità diversa a partire da questa settimana. Il Dow Jones è un indice ponderato sul prezzo, a differenza dello S&P 500 che è basato sulla capitalizzazione di mercato, perciò il calo del prezzo pari al 75% del valore azionario di Apple ha determinato parecchi cambiamenti.

Per prima cosa, Apple non avrà più l’importanza che aveva prima all’interno dell’indice, e passerà dal primo a circa il diciassettesimo posto. Ciò significa che la volatilità dell’azione avrà un impatto inferiore sul Dow Jones rispetto al passato. United Health diventerà l’azione più importante nell’indice, e di conseguenza avrà più importanza.

Inoltre, molte azioni sono state escluse dall’indice per far posto a nuove al fine di mantenere la sua composizione all’incirca con un quarto di azioni del settore tecnologico. Puoi leggere altre informazioni relative ai cambiamenti qui.

Gli utili di Zoom Video Communications

Sin dall’inizio della pandemia Zoom è diventato uno strumento fondamentale per tutte le aziende del mondo. Zoom ha inoltre visto un rapido aumento nell’utilizzo per motivi personali, con i propri utenti che l’hanno sfruttato per fare qualsiasi cosa, dagli appuntamenti galanti alle trasmissioni in streaming di matrimoni e persino di funerali. Il numero degli utilizzatori è aumentato del 354% su base annua nel primo trimestre, con entrate in crescita del 169%.

Il risultato è stato che gli investitori hanno preso d’assalto il titolo, facendo salire ZM del 330% fino a questo punto dell’anno.

Stavolta gli analisti prevedono un fatturato di quasi 500 milioni di USD, con utili per azione pari a 0,45 USD, il che equivarrebbe a una crescita annua del 462,5%.

La Reserve Bank of Australia taglierà il tasso di interesse di riferimento?

Questa settimana si riunirà la Reserve Bank of Australia. Il mese scorso i responsabili politici hanno aumentato il Quantitative Easing e hanno riconosciuto che la decisione di attuare un blocco completo nello stato di Victoria, il secondo più grande per popolazione e produzione, avrebbe determinato un forte contraccolpo economico, ma hanno lasciato invariati i tassi di interesse.

I future sui tassi di cassa ASX mostrano che una maggioranza risicata dei partecipanti al mercato si aspetta che questa volta la Reserve Bank of Australia riduca i tassi allo 0%. Tuttavia, il governatore Philip Lowe ha già ventilato l’idea di un taglio dei tassi allo 0,1% qualora ulteriori correzioni si rendessero necessarie, perciò anche se i responsabili delle politiche vedessero il bisogno di un ulteriore easing, potrebbero decidere di non arrivare fino ad un taglio completo dei tassi.

Rapporto sui nonfarm payroll statunitensi

Nella giornata di venerdì i dati sui nonfarm payroll statunitensi saranno ovviamente al centro dell’attenzione. Ancora una volta, la crescita dei posti di lavoro ha superato le previsioni del mese scorso, anche se il tasso di recupero si è fermato a 1.763 milioni dal momento che il rialzo dei casi di coronavirus ha rallentato le assunzioni.

I recenti dati sulle richieste di sussidio di disoccupazione hanno continuato a mostrare un calo del numero delle richieste, sia di quelle nuove che dei rinnovi: il numero di persone che per la prima volta hanno fatto ricorso all’assicurazione per disoccupati è sceso al di sotto di 1 milione per la prima volta dall’inizio della pandemia nella settimana conclusasi l’8 agosto. La media mensile delle richieste è in costante calo da diverse settimane, così come il numero richieste di rinnovo.

In evidenza su XRay questa settimana

Leggi il programma completo dell’analisi e formazione del mercato finanziario.

07.15 UTC Daily European Morning Call
12.00 UTC 31⁠⁠-⁠⁠⁠Aug Master the Markets
From 15.30 UTC 1-Sep Weekly Gold, Silver, and Oil Forecasts
17.00 UTC 3-⁠⁠⁠Sep Election2020 Weekly

Eventi economici principali

Presta attenzione agli eventi più importanti sul calendario economico di questa settimana:

12.00 UTC 31-Aug German Preliminary CPI
After-Market 31-Aug Zoom Video Communications – Q2 2021
00.45 UTC 01-Sep China Caixin Manufacturing PMI
4.30 UTC 01-Sep RBA Official Cash Rate Decision
7.15 – 8.00 UTC 01-Sep Finalised Eurozone Manufacturing PMIS
8.30 UTC 01-Sep Finalised UK Manufacturing PMI
10.00 UTC 01-Sep Eurozone Flash CPI
14.00 UTC 01-Sep US ISM Manufacturing PMI
1.30 UTC 02-Sep Australia Quarterly GDP
14.30 UTC 02-Sep US EIA Crude Oil Inventories
1.30 UTC 03-Sep Australia Trade Balance
00.45 UTC 03-Sep China Caixin Services PMI
7.15 – 8.00 UTC 03-Sep Finalised Eurozone Services PMIs
8.30 UTC 03-Sep Finalised UK Services PMI
12.30 UTC 03-Sep US Jobless Claims
14.00 UTC 03-Sep US ISM Nonmanufacturing PMI
14.30 UTC 03-Sep US EIA Natural Gas Storage
1.30 UTC 04-Sep Australia Retail Sales
6.00 UTC 04-Sep German Factory Orders
12.30 UTC 04-Sep US Nonfarm Payrolls, Unemployment Rate

Apple and Tesla announce stock splits – here’s what you need to know

Apple and Tesla have both announced that they will split their stocks at the end of this month. Apple shareholders will be granted three additional shares for each one they hold, while Tesla shareholders will receive another four shares for each one they hold. 

The price of each share will be divided by the size of the split to reflect the increased supply: AAPL will start trading at 0.25 times the pre-split price, while Tesla stock will trade at 0.2 times the pre-split price. 

But why are Apple and Tesla splitting their stocks, and how will this affect your trades? 

Why are Apple and Tesla splitting their stocks? 

Apple was the first to announce its stock split earlier this month, followed a few days later by Tesla. Both shares have rallied hard since the announcements although a split shouldn’t theoretically affect their value. 

Stock splits usually happen for two reasons: to increase liquidity and to make the stock more attractive to retail investors. 

Liquidity 

An asset’s liquidity refers to how easily it can be bought and sold without impacting its pricePutting more shares into circulation often increases its trading volume, which can narrow the spread between bid and ask prices. This could make it easier for buyers and sellers to get a fair price for the shares they want or have. 

Appeal 

Apple stock currently trades for around $430 per share, while Tesla has surged towards $2,000 recently. The high valuation could be putting investors off. Shares are often bought and sold in standardised blocks – a “board lot” of 100 shares would cost an investor $43,000. If the stock were split today, 100 shares would cost $10,750. 

However, modern ways of trading shares (such as leveraged products like Contracts for Difference) have made it more affordable to trade even expensive stocks, so the benefit isn’t as obvious as it used to be 

Regardless of the why the decision was made, investors have taken it as a sign of confidence in the stock – Apple and Tesla wouldn’t want to lower their share price if the companies felt that there wasn’t the potential for further appreciation. 

How will the stock splits affect my trades? 

On August 31st Apple stock will start trading at a quarter of the pre-split price, and Tesla will begin trading at a fifth of the pre-split price. 

Any existing positions on AAPL CFDs will be closed at the original opening price and new positions opened at the new split-adjusted price but for four times more units. The same will happen with positions on TSLA CFDs, but with five times more units. 

See below for an example – note that the prices given are based upon the market value as of August 20th and are for indicative purposes only. 

  • Before the split you have 100 units of Apple CFDs, each valued at $462 for a total value of $46,200. 
  • When the stock is split your position for 100 units will be closed at the original opening price (so P&L will display as zero) and a new position will be opened that is four times larger. In this instance your holdings would now be for 400 units of Apple CFDs.
  • The price of each unit will be worth a quarter of the pre-split price, meaning in this example each unit is valued at $115.50 for a total for $46,200 – exactly as before. 

If you didn’t already have a position in Apple and wanted to trade it, or want to expand an existing position, you would be able to buy the same quantity of units for a lower price, or more units for the same cost as before. 

In effect, the size of your AAPL and TSLA positions will be multiplied by the same quantity as the stock prices are divided by, meaning the value of your holdings will not change. 

How the Apple split will impact the Dow 

Anyone trading the Dow will also need to pay attention to the Apple stock split. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index, so when Apple’s stock price drops thanks to the split the company will no longer be the index’s biggest constituent (that will be UnitedHealth). 

Moves in Apple stock will therefore have less of an influence on the Dow than they currently do. 

Will other companies copy Apple and Tesla? 

Investors are now looking to other tech giants to see whether they decide to follow suit. Amazon and Alphabet will be of particular interest – Amazon’s stock price is over $3,100, while Alphabet is trading near $1,500 at the time of writing. 

A lower stock price for Apple would make the stock more attractive, and Amazon and Alphabet may want to ensure they aren’t pricing potential investors out of the market. However, as the huge cost of an individual share in either of them proves, neither Amazon nor Alphabet has felt the need to resist high prices in the past. 

Stocks firm, gold chased higher, Tesla earnings beat

European stocks were firmer after US stocks rallied yesterday to finish at the best level in months, whilst Asia was mixed. The S&P 500 closed at 3,276, its best finish since February as decent corporate earnings supported the bulls who continue to shrug off the rising Covid cases as well as mounting US-China tensions. The broad index also managed to close at the high of the previous session, having previously closed 20 pts short of this level. 

 

There are some concerns with US-China tensions after the closure of the consulate in Houston, with China retaliating by closing the US consulate in Chengdu. But this kind of tit-for-tat is nothing new – we have been dealing with a trade war for years and I think the market is fully expecting friction to increase, particularly as the US presidential election looms and domestic strife makes it all too convenient for the White House to bash China. UK-China tensions are something a little fresher and have led to Chinese authorities taking the English Premier League off air.  

 

Tesla posted its first full year of GAAP profitability, meaning it can now be considered for inclusion in the S&P 500. Excluding special items, EPS came in at $2.18 on revenues of $6bn. Whilst the beat on deliveries reported earlier by the company indicated a strong quarter, this was better than most had forecast. Whilst the stock is still exceedingly rich based on the fundamentals, it’s one with such a backing that it just doesn’t seem to matter. In some ways it’s a talisman for the whole stock market – old fashioned ideas like valuation and discounted free cash flow models simply don’t matter when you have such an incredible amount of liquidity. It’s also a bet on the future of the automotive industry – which carmaker is going to be around in 50 years? 

 

Microsoft shares fell after hours following its quarterly earnings revealed a slowing in cloud growth, with revenues from the Azure business down from 59% to 47%, although overall the company beat on both the top and bottom lines. XBox revenues soared as gamers found ways to pass the time in lockdown. Likewise Americans stocking up on ice cream and other goodies lifted Unilever sales but emerging markets -without the help of an Ocado to bring consumers lockdown treats – were tougher.

 

On the data front, Germany’s Gfk consumer confidence survey was better than expected, printing –0.3 vs the –4.6 expected. South Korea’s economy is in recession after the worst slump 57 years.  

 

Today the focus is on the US weekly unemployment numbers, with initial jobless claims forecast to hold steady at 1.3m. Initial jobless claims last week of 1.3m were almost unchanged from the prior week. As noted after the release of the numbers last Thursday, the improving trend in initial jobless claims has all but halted, which may reflect the spike in coronavirus cases that has coincided with renewed lockdown measures in a number of economically important states such as Texas and California. There are also big worries that temporary layoffs are turning into permanent firings. 

 

Continuing claims fell to 17.3m vs the 18m in the prior week, which was a tad better than the 17.6m expected. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programmes for the week ending June 27th fell to 32m a decrease of 430k from the previous week.  

On the Covid front, US deaths exceeded 1,000 for the second day, whilst California – the most populous and economically important state – saw more than 12k cases on Wednesday, its largest single-day rise. 

 

In FX, the dollar remains on the backfoot with major peers cementing gains. EURUSD has cleared the January 2019 peak at 1.1570 and looking for a further extension towards the next big Fibonacci level at 1.1760 and the September 2018 swing highs at 1.18. The outlook for the euro is more bullish – on a technical note the clearance of 1.15 is a big hurdle out of the way, whilst the agreement on the EU pandemic fund is fundamentally vital to pushing the euro higher. Longer term is could have very far-reaching repercussions for bond investors, too. GBPUSD was trading above 1.27 and the 200-day moving average and testing the descending trend line that forced the pullback on Tuesday – clearance of these two hurdles opens up a path to 1.30 albeit the fundamental bullish thesis on sterling is far cloudier. 

 

Oil nudged up despite the rise in US crude inventories. WTI (Aug) pressed up above $42 after the EIA reported a crude oil inventory build of 4.9m barrels in the week to July 17th, vs the 2m barrel draw expected, albeit the API print had already flagged a likely increase in stockpiles. Stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, hub rose 1.375m vs last week’s build of almost 1m. 

 

Gold continues to march higher as real rates hit all-time lows with 10yr TIPS finishing at –0.88%. Gold pressed up to $1,876 this morning to mark a new 9-year peak. The momentum that is chasing this trade should easily enable bulls to find the $1921 all-time high last achieved in 2011 – you get the feeling there is a lot of appetite to take out this level, but expect some considerable resistance and another pullback to $1800 may be required first. After clearing the all-time high there is a chance of a move to $2k, but we should question whether the support from declining real rates will continue to act as a driver of gold prices without a significant inflationary follow-through. Nevertheless, it’s clear that the combination of a very uncertain macro backdrop, fresh geopolitical risk, the threat of inflation stemming from the massive injection of both monetary and fiscal stimulus make gold a clear-cut Covid winner. 

CySEC (Europa)

Prodotto

  • CFD
  • Negoziazione di azioni
  • Costruttore di strategia

  • I fondi dei Clienti sono tenuti in conti bancari separati
  • Compensazione FSCS per l’Investitore fino a EUR 20.000
  • Protezione dal Saldo Negativo

Markets.com, gestito da Safecap Investments Limited (“Safecap”) Regolamentato dalla CySEC con licenza numero 092/08 e dalla FSCA con licenza numero 43906.

FSC (Globale)

Prodotto

  • CFD
  • Costruttore di strategia

  • I fondi dei Clienti sono tenuti in conti bancari separati
  • Verifica elettronica
  • Protezione dal Saldo Negativo

Markets.com, gestito da TradeTech Markets (BVI) Limited (“TTMBVI”) Tiene la licencia número SIBA/L/14/1067 regolamentato dalla B.V.I Financial Services Commission (“FSC").

FCA (Gran Bretagna)

Prodotto

  • CFD
  • Le spread bet
  • Costruttore di strategia

  • I fondi dei Clienti sono tenuti in conti bancari separati
  • Indennizzo agli investitori della FSCS fino a GBP85.000. *a seconda di criteri ed idoneità
  • Protezione dal Saldo Negativo

Markets.com gestito da TradeTech Alpha Limited (“TTA”) Regolamentato dalla Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) con licenza n.607305

ASIC (Australia)

Prodotto

  • CFD

  • I fondi dei Clienti sono tenuti in conti bancari separati
  • Verifica elettronica
  • Protezione dal Saldo Negativo

Markets.com, gestito da TradeTech Markets (Australia) Pty Limited (“TTMAU”) Detiene una licenza per i servizi finanziari australiana n. 424008 ed è regolamentata nella fornitura di servizi finanziari dell’Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC”).

FSCA (Africa)

Prodotto

  • CFD
  • Costruttore di strategia

  • I fondi dei Clienti sono tenuti in conti bancari separati
  • Protezione dal Saldo Negativo

Markets.com, gestito da TradeTech Markets (Sudafrica) (Pty) Limited (“TTMSA”) Regolamentato dalla Financial Sector Conduct Authority (“FSCA”) con licenza numero 46860.

Selezionando uno di questi organismi di regolamentazione, verranno visualizzate le informazioni corrispondenti su tutto il sito web. Per maggiori informazioni, clicca qui.

        /var/www/html/markets.com/wp-content/themes/markets/cfd-urls_1.json