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ASX 200 afternoon report: 9 May 2024

The ASX 200 trades 82 points (-1.05%) lower at 7722 at 3.00 pm AEST.

The ASX 200 has snapped a five-day winning streak today, emphatically rejecting the 7800 level it pushed above yesterday to erase all its post-RBA rally.

It’s not lost on this observer that today’s selloff is the third time in two months that a rally above 7800 has been cut short by the emergence of an aggressive sell order, that had a snowball effect on the local market.

While we can’t confirm if today’s sell order is linked to the previous selloffs on 11 March and 3 April, it does serve as a cautionary sign that today’s decline could extend further.

ASX 200 stocks

Consumer-facing stocks

Consumer Discretionary stocks have been heavily marked down after disappointing trading updates.

  • Baby Bunting: – 23.42% to $1.46
  • Temple and Webster: -12.20% to $11.08
  • Adairs: – 5.37% to $1.94
  • Nick Scali: – 5% to $14.64

Banking sector

  • Westpac: -5.61% to $26.35 after it went ex-dividend
  • CBA: -1.93% to $117.43 despite its quarterly trading update impressing banking analysts
  • NAB: – 1.22% to $33.54
  • ANZ: -1.13% to $28.79
  • Macquarie: + 0.21% to $191.12

Mining sector

The big mining stocks lost ground as iron ore fell 2.63% overnight to $115.10.

  • Fortescue: – 0.86% to $26.40
  • BHP: – 0.62% to $43.11
  • Mineral Resources: – 0.65% to $76.69
  • Rio Tinto: – 0.20% to $129.95

Real estate sector

The rebound in the real estate sector hit the skids as US yields rose for a third straight session ahead of next week’s all-important April CPI release.

  • Lend Lease: – 2.28% to $6.21
  • Domain: -2.22% to $3.08
  • Goodman: – 1.88% to $33.64
  • Scentre: – 1.71% to $3.16

Energy sector

Energy stocks gained as the price of crude oil rebounded above $79.00 following lower-than-expected US inventories, sparing the index further blushes.

  • Beach Energy: +1.9% to $1.61
  • AGL: + 1.68% to $10.30
  • Woodside: + 1.11% to $28.19
  • Santos: + 0.40% to $7.66

ASX 200 technical analysis

In the lead-up to today’s sell-off, we have favoured the view that the pullback from the 7910 high was missing another leg lower (Wave C) to complete a three-wave corrective ABC Elliott wave correction.

Today’s sell-off suggests a Wave B high is in place at 7814, and Wave C has commenced, which targets a move towards Wave quality at 7390ish. A sustained move below 7700 in the coming sessions would greatly increase confidence in the view.

ASX 200 daily chart

  • Source: Tradingview. The figures stated are as of 9 May 2024. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. This report does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any financial product advice or financial product recommendation.

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