• ASX down -0.75pc on Monday to 12-month low
  • Newmont was best large cap today, while IGO plunged 
  • Aussie retail sales increased more than expected in September


Local shares tumbled by -0.75% on Monday, pushing the benchmark ASX 200 index to below 7,000 at 6,777,  a 12-month low.

Traders dumped shares across the board as war in the Middle East escalates. The latest news is that the US and Israel have struck ‘military infrastructure’ in Syria and Lebanon as experts worry this could spark a wider regional conflict.

The only ASX sector in the green today was Tech, which tracked Nasdaq and rallied by 1%.

Energy stocks were the worst performers following sluggish results from giants Chevron and Exxon on Friday. Investors are dumping oil stocks on concerns demand for crude is falling fast as outlook worsens, despite a 3% jump in crude prices on Friday.

New lister Newmont Corp (ASX:NEM) meanwhile was the best large cap today, up 3% as bullion prices climbed to over US$2,000 an ounce.

To economics data, Australian retail sales have surpassed expectations, up 0.9% in September versus economists’ forecast of only 0.3%,

“Consumer confidence remains near decade lows, but for now, retail spending has held up considerably well,” said Josh Gilbert, a market analyst at eToro.

“The strong reading from retail sales today may solidify another hike from the RBA in November.”

This week, the FOMC meeting will be held on October 31-November 1, with the rates decision expected on Thursday morning AEDT.

“For the US Federal Reserve, as much as they won’t admit it, stock prices are the third rail of monetary policy,” said  Franklin Templeton Australian Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Andrew Canobi.

“For the last 18 months, even as the Fed Funds rate has been elevated by 525bps, equity markets have remained stubbornly strong.”



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Qantas (ASX:QAN) was up 1% after filing its defence with the Federal Court in response to claims made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August.

Qantas says it fully accepts that it let customers down during the post-Covid restart, including with high cancellation rates.

“While mistakes were made by Qantas, the ACCC’s legal case ignores the realities of the aviation industry – airlines can’t guarantee specific flight times. All customers on cancelled flights were offered an alternative flight or refund; there was no ‘fee for no service’, “ said Qantas’ defence.

Genesis Minerals (ASX:GMD) rose after announcing that it has acquired a relevant interest in 1,157,212,857 Dacian Gold (ASX:DCN) shares, which has given it a voting power in Dacian of 95.1%.

Accordingly, as foreshadowed in Genesis’ Bidder’s Statement dated 16 October, the offer for Dacian has been increased from 0.1685 Genesis shares for every 1 Dacian share held, to 0.1935 Genesis Shares for every 1 Dacian Share held ie; an improved offer consideration.

Bellevue Gold (ASX:BGL) announced that practical completion of the Bellevue 1Mtpa processing facility has been achieved, and the project has been delivered on schedule and on budget.

First gold pour was completed on 25 October; while commissioning got underway over the December quarter, with ramp up towards 1Mtpa run rate. Start of production means Bellevue is expected to be cash flow-neutral through the December quarter, the company said.



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IGO (ASX:IGO) plunged 9% after warning that lower lithium prices could hit its current quarter sales.

The company reported strong quarterly result at Greenbushes, with record spodumene production and lower cash costs. Greenbushes delivered another record quarterly production result of 414kt on a 100% basis, while unit production costs of $262/t were lower by 3%.

Dan Murphy’s owner Endeavour Group (ASX:EDV) was down -2% after saying that consumers were buying cheaper options at its stores, while also flagging declining gaming revenue. Overall, EDV’s total revenue for Q1 was $3.09bn, versus $3.028bn in the pcp.