Site menu

Search by ticker code:
Generic filters


Search by ticker code:
Generic filters

Search by ticker code:
Generic filters

Rate and stimulus-fuelled rally drives All Ordinaries (INDEXASX:XAO) higher

Hopes that a peak in interest rates had arrived and that rate cuts may come in the near future pushed the S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO) to a 0.9 per cent gain on Friday.  The All Ordinaries (INDEXASX: XAO) added 0.8 per cent with every sector barring utilities and real estate finishing higher.

The materials and energy sectors paced the market, adding 1.9 per cent each, with the falling US dollar and stimulus in China pushing both Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX: RIO) and BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) up more than 2 per cent.

Shares in Chemist Warehouse listing vehicle Sigma Healthcare Ltd (ASX: SIG) fell by nearly 7 per cent as traders focus turns to the risk that the competition regulator will not allow the deal to proceed.

Sigma Healthcare share price

It was a similar story for Healius Ltd (ASX: HLS) which was flat despite the merger with Australian Clinical Labs Ltd (ASX: ACL) being denied.

Pain continues to spread in the property sector with Dexus (ASX: DXS) cutting the valuation of it’s property portfolio by another 5.2 per cent.

Across the week falling bond yields boosted the property and healthcare sectors, which gained 5.3 and 4.2 per cent respectively.

Dow hits third straight record close: CostCo jumps on outperformance

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX: .DJI) booked a third straight record close after gaining 0.2 per cent on Friday, while both the S&P 500 (INDEXSP: .INX) and Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ: .IXIC), which finished flat and Nasdaq up 0.4 per cent, capped a seventh straight week of gains.

This time it was powered by the smaller companies sector, although every major industry gained to close out the week. The drive is coming from comments by Fed members that inflation was ‘on the right course’ hitting 3.1 per cent down from a high of 9.1 and projections that rates will be lower in 2024.

Shares in big box retailer Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) gained more than 4 per cent after the company reported first quarter earnings in line with expectations while delivering a special dividend.

Costco share price

Similarly, Chinese retailers JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ: JD) and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd – ADR (NYSE: BABA) added 4 and 3 per cent on new policy stimulus at home.

Smaller companies drive next leg of rally: Was inflation transitory?

While commentators continued to focus on the difficult path ahead for share markets in light of the rally to finish off 2023, the answer to further gains was on show this week.

While the Dow hit another record high, smaller companies outperformed, gaining 5.6 per cent over the week and continue to standout as opportunity within global markets.

The listed property sector remains under pressure, highlighted by the latest valuation reductions, and signs of increasing loan work outs, yet falling bond yields may be just what the market needs as the calendar turns.

Fed Chair Powell may well have called it too soon, but does the fact that inflation has fallen from 9.1 to 3.1 in 12 months mean it was transitory all along?

The Golden Rules of Investing

We might be experts in retirement, but with combined financial advice experience of 35+ years, we’ve nearly seen it all. 

In mid-2023, our senior team at Wattle Partners Financial Planning put the finishing touches on a brand-new report “The Golden Rules of Investing“.

In this free report, we outline the key principles that determine all of the portfolio construction and investment decisions of Wattle Partners. Collated over decades, this paper should be seen as a work-in-progress, constantly under review in light of the ever-evolving nature of markets. 

You’ll find the free report on my Author page. Simply click the button below to view the Golden Rules.

Information warning: The information on this website is published by The Rask Group Pty Ltd (ABN: 36 622 810 995) is limited to factual information or (at most) general financial advice only. That means, the information and advice does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not specific to you, your needs, goals or objectives. Because of that, you should consider if the advice is appropriate to you and your needs, before acting on the information. If you don’t know what your needs are, you should consult a trusted and licensed financial adviser who can provide you with personal financial product advice. In addition, you should obtain and read the product disclosure statement (PDS) before making a decision to acquire a financial product. Please read our Terms and Conditions and Financial Services Guide before using this website. The Rask Group Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative (#1280930) of AFSL #383169.

At the time of publishing, the author or their clients may have a financial interest in some of companies or securities mentioned.

Powered by

Wattle Partners is a financial advice firm, servicing clients around Australia, specialising in retirement planning (pre and post retirement). 

Skip to content