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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Opening Bell: Stocks Weaken Ahead Of Fed; Treasury Yield Curve Flattens

Russell 2000 futures outperformed
Markets await US tapering
Bitcoin recovers

Key Events

On Tuesday, US contracts on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 were mixed ahead of the US session and shares in Europe declined as the global supply chain quagmire deepened and China introduced new coronavirus restrictions. In an attempt to resolve the supply chain constraints US President Biden called on global leaders to try and diversifying the supply chain ecosystem to avoid additional disruptions to commerce across the globe.

The Treasury yield curve flatted ahead of the Federal Reserve’s monthly policy meeting.

Global Financial Affairs

Futures on the S&P 500 and NASDAQ were in the red while Dow and Russell 2000 futures were trading higher. On Monday, the small cap Russell 2000 surged 2.6% during Wall Street trade; the tech-heavy NASDAQ was the second best performer, adding just 0.6%.

In Europe, shares fell from record levels led by miners, pressured by a slump in iron ore prices. The STOXX 600 Index fell out of the gate this morning after closing at a record high yesterday following strong corporate results and a jump in bank stocks as expectations increase that the European Central Bank will raise rates.

Trading in Asia was mostly lower, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 losing 0.4% and Australia’s ASX slipping 0.6%. China’s Shanghai Composite declined 1.2%, after social restrictions were introduced there due to an increase in coronavirus cases. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slid 0.1% while South Korea’s KOSPI was the only bright spot, gaining 1.1%.

Bond and foreign exchange traders are bracing ahead of the two-day Fed meeting which starts today. It is widely anticipated the US central bank will announce the first step in the reduction of its stimulus program. On the other hand, equity traders appear to be fixated on corporate earnings and are mostly ignoring macroeconomics.

The Treasury yield curve flattened after earlier steepening, as 2-year yields plunged 2.3 basis points. Yields are see-sawing between inflation worries about and lower growth prospects due to labor shortages and supply-chain disruptions. Inflation concerns appear to be winning.

Opening Bell: Stocks Weaken Ahead Of Fed; Treasury Yield Curve Flattens10-Year Vs. 2-Year Daily

The move narrowed the gap to 10-year Treasury yields which declined by less than one basis point.

The dollar wavered but is currently holding steady.

Opening Bell: Stocks Weaken Ahead Of Fed; Treasury Yield Curve FlattensDollar Index Daily

The greenback is being squeezed between the long-term uptrend and the short-term downtrend, clearly defined by the rising and falling channels.

Gold is also flat.

Opening Bell: Stocks Weaken Ahead Of Fed; Treasury Yield Curve FlattensGold Daily

The precious metal is attempting to hold on to its short-term uptrend, a return-move to a weekly H&S continuation pattern.

Bitcoin rallied for the first time in four sessions.

Opening Bell: Stocks Weaken Ahead Of Fed; Treasury Yield Curve FlattensBitcoin Daily

The cryptocurrency is within a potential small H&S bottom.

Oil fluctuated between gains and losses.

Up Ahead

On Thursday OPEC+ meets to decide on output.
The Bank of England announces its rate decision on Thursday.
Initial jobless claims in the US are published on Thursday

Market Moves

Stocks

The STOXX 600 fell 0.2%
Futures on the S&P 500 were little changed
Futures on the NASDAQ 100 fell 0.1%
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were little changed
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.2%
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was little changed

Currencies

The Dollar Index was little changed
The euro was little changed at $1.1603
The Japanese yen rose 0.3% to 113.65 per dollar
The offshore yuan was little changed at 6.3944 per dollar
The British pound fell 0.1% to $1.3649

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 1.56%
Germany’s 10-year yield declined two basis points to -0.12%
Britain’s 10-year yield fell two basis points to 1.04%

Commodities

Brent crude rose 0.2% to $84.92 a barrel
Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,791.07 an ounce

Source: Investing.com

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