26th February 2021
Morning Bell - Jessica Amir
US stocks saw their biggest pull back since October with the Nasdaq falling 3.5% and the Dow losing 1.8%. It comes as investors are concerned that long-term interest rates, as measured by the US treasury yield rose 1.6% to a one-year high.
Following the pull back in global equities, the Aussie share market is tipped to fall 1.4%, which will erase this week’s rise.
What to watch today:
- Tech stocks are expected to pull back. The tech index is already down 8% this week, which is its biggest fall drop since COVID-19 hit in March 2020.
- Afterpay (ASX:APT) looks like it will come out of a trading halt. APT announced its increased its capital raising to $1.5b and plans to list in Singapore to launch in Asia.
- It’s the last official day of Earnings Season. Kogan (ASX:KGN) reported its profit more than doubled in the half year to $23.6m, after revenue jumped 90%.
- Other results to watch: HSN, AEF, AFG, ORE, LYC, OPT, PNV, CUV, HVN, BUB, BWX, EOS and ASB.
- Commodity stocks will see mixed results today as the oil price rose 0.4% to US$63.47 – its highest level in a year and Copper fell from its 9.5 year high, falling 1.9%. Gold slipped 1.6%.
- Alcidion (ASX:ALC) had it Buy rating upgraded by Bell Potter, with an increased $0.30 target - on rising levels of demand, particularly in the UK and Europe, where it’s gaining new contracts.
- Eagers Automotive (ASX:APE) was reiterated as a Bell Potter Buy with a $15.50 price target after the company said its order book is remaining strong, despite COVID-19.
- Galan Lithium (ASX:GLN), Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN) and Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL) are giving off bullish charting signals according to Trading Central.