Market wraps 29th December 2020

Morning Bell - Jessica Amir

The Aussie share market is set to kick off its shortest and last trading week of the year on solid footing. The futures are suggesting a lift of 0.5% at the open.

It comes as European markets closed higher on Monday and US equities soared to brand new record highs – for two key reasons. Firstly, US President Donald Trump unexpectedly signed the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill into law, that includes paying most Americans $600. Secondly, the UK is expected to approve Oxford-Astra Zeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine this week. This is all supportive of stocks and the V-shape economic recovery.


  • Oil fell 1% to US$47.70 as supply looks to increase with OPEC to boost output by 500,000 barrels per day in Jan.
  • Iron ore rose 0.2% to US$155 - a new high. Expect iron ore majors to continue their charge, like Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG), Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) and BHP (ASX:BHP).
  • Inversely, expect selling today in Gold stocks as the safe haven came under pressure again, down 0.3% to US$1,877 on US stimulus being rolled out.

What else to watch:

  • No economic news today. All eyes will be on local company news.
  • Whether or not the US House vote on increasing the $600 payout to Americans to $2,000. It’s not expected go through. But if it does go through, expect down beaten parts of the market to see extra buying.