ASX Shares Daily – 24th June



By Chris Becker

These daily updates need to be placed in context with the longer trends and drivers amidst the overall technical picture, so head to Macro Investor for a free trial. Former “Trading Week” readers will find it reborn asTechnicals“, published 8.30am each Monday morning.

Markets around Asia wobbled around today after yesterday’s unicorn slaughter, with the ASX200 up 4 points, closing at 4133 points, going nowhere – see the full list of movers/shakers and sectors at bottom of the post.

The rest of Asia also reacted ho humly to the HSBC flash Chinese PMI, with the Nikkei 225 slipping a few points after gapping down yesterday.  Look, if you want to see the classic, textbook case of a secular bear market, not only does the Nikkei provide you with a recent history, it could provide you with a preview of where the Shanghai Composite could end up in years ahead. Somehow I think the Chinese state capitalists will be better than the Japanese state capitalists, but you never know.

Here’s the weekly chart of the Nikkei going back to the GFC – its a pretty easy thesis to work out what sort of market this is:

The Shanghai Comp tried to lift itself off the deck, scraping along at its December 2011 lows, with the 200 day moving average providing strong overhead resistance. There’s money to be made on a rebound rally from these levels, but the risks are high:

On currency markets, we’re looking at the Yen and GBP pretty closely this week at Macro Investor this week, as the Aussie continues to diverge from, well reality. Here’s another fun filled five year chart – I hope the levels are self explanatory?

The Euro/USD and US Dollar Index (DXY) traded places today, barely moving, so it was up to the anti-dollar – gold (USD) –  to do something. Which it is: slumping coming into the London session, just like last night –  

In AUD terms, the precious metal/pseudo currency/real money/speculative commodity has dropped slightly, now at $1531AUD per ounce.


Australian Stocks

Looking to the table at the left showing all the sectors and ASX8 stocks (the top four banks – Megabank – and the top four miners – all owned by foreigners mainly….) there’s not much to talk about really. Energies, mainly because of Woodside (WPL) made a comeback, which is bouncing along its four year low (and is a long trade idea we’ve got going as part of a pair hedge trade at Macro Investor)

Since I’m in the mood, here’s another 5 year weekly chart:


You can see the resistance level that was once support at $40 per share for WPL throughout 2010 (the higher orange line) whilst current prices are gravitating around the new support level – same as the GFC low, more or less – at $30 per share. Here’s FARM’s estimate of value over the next 2 years – its not exactly cracking is it?

Here’s today’s top movers and losers:

TPG are making another tilt at Billabong (BBG) which saw the share price surge again today, and it was another increase in the takeover offer from Aditya Birla (ABY) that saw Northern Iron (NFE) jump the highest on the bourse today. NFE follows the iron ore price very closely, and FARM has an “Avoid” rating on both it and its takeover parent, on both price signal and fundamental valuations. Forecast revenue looks pretty though…

On to the index where maybe its times to revisit the “BEAR” Fund ETF? Hmmm.

Ah yes, the index: first of all, lets finish up with the 5 year weekly chart theme. Excuse all the lines on this one…


Confusing? Well the two horizontal orange lines form the basis of the sideways bear market thesis, but let’s zoom in a bit more:

The picture here is not clear at all, and support at 4000 points and resistance at 4220 or so (the 200 day moving average) are the key levels to watch from here. As always, our markets take leads from overseas and whilst the ASX200 is fairly valued right now (between 4129 points now and 4319 points by the end of 2012, according to FARM’s latest estimates – it recalculates value each week) we could just grind along at these levels for sometime yet.

Don’t miss the overnight market updates by my colleague Greg McKenna, in MacroBusiness Morning tomorrow morning.

You can also find me rambling on Twitter here.

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  1. What do you value bbg at prince? I’m thinking it will go for 175-200. Puts book at around 0.8?? Tpg happy with that?? I heard insider rumor Nike made under table bid last week at 175. The bong brand is dead but there is value in Nixon etc.

    • quick check and FARM says 1.07 estimate for FY12 with AVOID rating and position signal. ie stay away

      BTW – do you chaps and chapette’s want the mover/shaker tables to stay in? we do a weekly movers/shakers at MI in the Stocktake piece (plus a bunch of other metrics)

  2. Surf industry insider rumor by the way so nothing untoward. Those guys talk non stop. Quiksilver still very vulnerable too.

  3. 1.45 sounds about it l think. It equates to around a 12% drop on the pre rights issue price. Since, they have had a downgrade also so seems fully priced. DYOR.

    • I think the bid is good. I just think it will go for more as that’s just how it goes. I agree with you.