• ASX 200 briefly touches all time highs
  • Tech stocks led the rally, with Megaport up 30pc
  • Nickel Industries also up over 20pc on record production


The ASX200 advanced again on Tuesday, up by +0.25% as it briefly touched an all time high before pulling back slightly.

Tech stocks led the rally, tracking a similar rally on the Nasdaq overnight ahead of key quarterly updates from five of the “Magnificent Seven” tech stocks this week.

Energy stocks were mainly lower today after crude prices slumped by over -1% overnight. The next focus here will be on what President Joe Biden will do in response to the deadly attack on US forces in Jordan yesterday.

Traders will also be keeping one eye on the Fed interest rates decision on Thursday AEDT, but the overwhelming consensus here is that rates will be held steady this time around.

Another thing that kept the market bullish today was BlackRock issuing an ‘overweight’ rating on US stocks from the previous ‘neutral’ rating.

Meanwhile, Australian December’s retail sales fell 2.7% from November, a much higher drop than the -1.9% consensus forecast as consumers cut back on spending before Christmas.

“The large fall in retail turnover in December was caused by a fall in discretionary spending,” said ABS head of retail statistics, Ben Dorber.

Across the region, Asian stock markets were predominantly in the red today, weighed by the liquidation of Chinese property giant, Evergrande.



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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
MP1 Megaport Limited 12.47 27.51 3,224,365 $1,556,240,642
NIC Nickel Industries 0.73 21.25 27,019,680 $2,571,485,928
GOR Gold Road Res Ltd 1.53 9.86 13,640,970 $1,508,275,730
SQ2 Block 104.25 6.42 110,070 $3,424,808,752
LTR Liontown Resources 1.02 6.28 14,985,912 $2,312,995,441
DYL Deep Yellow Limited 1.42 5.60 3,969,406 $1,024,629,614
LTM Arcadium Lithium PLC 8.08 5.35 1,611,323 $4,161,835,758
PNV Polynovo Limited 1.90 3.83 1,582,621 $1,263,125,934
CHC Charter Hall Group 12.03 3.80 1,218,280 $5,482,037,536
CMW Cromwell Prop 0.42 3.75 1,569,749 $1,047,546,680
JDO Judo Cap Holdings 1.17 3.54 1,249,088 $1,253,509,941
SFR Sandfire Resources 7.10 3.50 1,245,810 $3,134,967,891
ASK Abacus Storage King 1.10 3.29 674,355 $1,399,519,655
NEU Neuren Pharmaceut. 23.91 3.24 370,942 $2,947,473,056
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Megaport (ASX:MP1) skyrocketed 30% today after a solid December update.

The data centre and network services company reported total revenue for the Q2 of $48.6m, which was 5% higher compared to Q1.

Q2 Annual Recurring Revenue was $191.7m in December 2023, up 1% QoQ, which was negatively impacted by currency headwinds. The strong turnaround in profitability saw Megaport deliver positive EBITDA of $15.1m for Q2, flat QoQ.

Indonesian nickel producer, Nickel Industries (ASX:NIC), soared 22% higher as the miner and processor of nickel pig iron, matte and mixed hydroxide product reported record rotary kiln electric furnace production of 34,450t in the September quarter, generating record EBITDA of US$135.4m.

That will see it lift its final dividend by 25% to 2.5c a share ($107.25m), with an on market share buyback to deliver up to a further US$100m ($151.2m Australian) into the pockets of shareholders.

Read more: While nickel miners are asking for tax breaks, this one’s upping its payouts

Ramelius Resources (ASX:RMS) reported quarterly gold production of 68,524 ounces at an AISC of $1,837/oz, which is at the upper end of guidance (60,000 – 70,000 ounces).

Full year FY24 guidance has been increased to 265,000 – 280,000 ounces (previous Guidance was 250,000 – 275,000 ounces).

Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) generated unaudited, preliminary group sales revenue of ~$217m and underlying Group EBITDA of ~$134m in H1 FY24.

The company says it remains on track to increase Group copper equivalent (CuEq) production by more than 50% over the two years to the end of FY25, while Group cost and capital expenditure guidance for FY24 was retained.

Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) reported quarterly production of 56,629 ounces gold and 236 tonnes copper (57,507 ounces gold equivalent ) with sales of 57,360 ounces gold and 239 tonnes copper at an average sales price of $3,025/oz and AISC of $1,868/oz.

The company has maintained its FY24 group sales guidance of 210,000 to 230,000 ounces at an AISC of $1,850 to $2,050 per ounce.

Toll road operator, Atlas Arteria (ASX:ALX), said for the 12 months ending 31 December, weighted average traffic was 3.3% higher than 2022, and weighted average toll revenue was 6.9% higher.

This reflects strong traffic performance in France and toll increases implemented across the APRR, AREA, ADELAC, Warnow Tunnel and Chicago Skyway businesses.



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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
NWL Netwealth Group 16.49 -4.90 499,579 $4,231,417,048
MAD Mader Group Limited 6.33 -4.81 707,340 $1,330,000,000
AWC Alumina Limited 1.13 -3.00 8,561,408 $3,380,458,851
PPT Perpetual Limited 25.04 -2.44 462,873 $2,910,730,450
QBE QBE Insurance Group 15.39 -2.41 2,083,286 $23,559,044,439
SUN Suncorp Group Ltd 13.87 -2.39 2,271,198 $18,050,433,166
AMP AMP Limited 0.94 -2.34 8,497,501 $2,631,437,668
STX Strike Energy Ltd 0.43 -2.27 6,488,543 $1,259,379,378
LYC Lynas Rare Earths 5.83 -2.27 1,937,412 $5,570,778,243
IPH IPH Limited 6.78 -2.16 303,302 $1,704,665,953
HUB HUB24 Ltd 37.07 -2.11 135,161 $3,075,744,178
CRN Coronado Global Res 1.63 -2.11 2,204,595 $2,782,913,192
EMR Emerald Res NL 3.34 -2.05 2,200,114 $2,132,245,645
CPU Computershare Ltd 25.16 -2.01 501,268 $15,354,214,705
NCK Nick Scali Limited 12.43 -1.97 195,143 $1,027,080,000
ALQ ALS Ltd 12.43 -1.89 661,915 $6,134,404,556
MEZ Meridian Energy 5.21 -1.88 10,727 $6,722,855,961
EVT EVT Limited 12.51 -1.88 80,464 $2,069,010,802
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Labour services company, Mader Group (ASX:MAD), dropped -4% despite delivering another record quarterly revenue for the Group, closing Q2 with revenue of $189.3m, an increase of 31% vs the pcp.

The company says given macro-economic conditions and demand for services in multiple industries globally, Mader reaffirms its confidence in delivering FY24 revenue of at least $770m and NPAT of at least $50m.

Hotels software company, Siteminder (ASX:SDR), fell after releasing a H1 trading update.

Revenue increased 27.9% y/y to $91.7m for H1, while annualised recurring revenue (ARR) increased 27.2% y/y to $182.5m.

The company says its growth guidance is unchanged, as it continues to target organic revenue growth of 30% in the medium term.

Siteminder also expects to be underlying EBITDA profitable and underlying FCF positive for H2FY24.