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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Mining cliff arriveth at last

Don't have time to analyse in full, but the capex data is out and it is very weak!

Total capex fell by a seasonally adjusted 5.2% in the quarter alone.

The downward trend in total capital expenditure is now at last here and entrenched.

Graph: Total asset, total industry

Source: ABS

Note, in particular, the massive 17.4% drop in the Estimate 1 for 2014/15:
  • "Estimate 1 for 2014-15 is $124,880m. This is 17.4% lower than Estimate 1 for 2013-14."
The market was looking for a 10% decrease so this was a huge miss to the downside.

These things are easier to see in a picture:

Chart: Financial year actual and expected expenditure- Total Capital Expenditure

Source: ABS

At last looking quite dramatic.

I've noted in various posts recently that ASX releases have telegraphed this coming for some time and sharp cutbacks in capex are to be expected.

The Aussie dollar dived to 89.2 cents. 

GDP will be impacted next week.

And you can basically forget interest rate hikes. 

First the RBA may need to reintroduce its easing bias, and then, if required, may need to cut interest rates again later in the year.

Market anticipate that the cash rate will remain stone dead flat for the next year.