Shares wobble as Wall St futures slip, dollar stays firm

Shares wobble as Wall St futures slip, dollar stays firm

July 4, 2022 Off By administrator

A man walks under an electronic screen showing Japan’s Nikkei share price index inside a conference hall in Tokyo, Japan June 14, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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  • Asian stock markets :
  • Nikkei edges up 0.6%, but S&P 500 futures slip
  • Bonds extend rally amid recession chatter
  • Payrolls seen slowing, Fed minutes to sound hawkish

SYDNEY, July 4 (Reuters) – Global share markets started in haphazard fashion on Monday as soft U.S. data suggested downside risks for this week’s June payrolls report, while the hubbub over possible recession was still driving a relief rally in government bonds.

The search for safety kept the U.S. dollar near 20-year highs, though early action was light with U.S. markets on holiday.

Cash Treasuries were shut but futures extended their gains, implying 10-year yields were holding around 2.88% having fallen 61 basis points from their June peak.

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MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) was flat, after losing 1.8% last week. Japan’s Nikkei (.N225) added 0.6%, while South Korea (.KS11) fell 0.8%.

Chinese blue chips (.CSI300) edged up 0.3%, though cities in eastern China tightened COVID-19 curbs on Sunday amid new coronavirus clusters. read more

EUROSTOXX 50 futures added 0.5% and FTSE futures 0.8%. However, both S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures eased 0.7%, after steadying just a little on Friday.

David J. Kostin, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, noted that every S&P 500 sector bar energy saw negative returns in the first half of the year amid extreme volatility.

“The current bear market has been entirely valuation-driven rather than the result of reduced earnings estimates,” he added.

“However, we expect consensus profit margin forecasts to fall which will lead to downward EPS revisions whether or not the economy falls into recession.”

Earnings season starts of July 15 and expectations are being marked lower given high costs and softening data.

The Atlanta Federal Reserve’s much watched GDP Now forecast has slid to an annualised -2.1% for the second quarter, implying the country was already in a technical recession.

The payrolls report on Friday is forecast to show jobs growth slowing to 270,000 in June with average earnings slowing a touch to 5.0%.

RATES UP, THEN DOWN

Yet minutes of the Fed’s June policy meeting on Wednesday are almost certain to sound hawkish given the committee chose to hike rates by a super-sized 75 basis points.

The market is pricing in around an 85% chance of another hike of 75 basis points this month and rates at 3.25-3.5% by year end.

“But the market has also moved to price in an increasingly aggressive rate cut profile for the Fed into 2023 and 2024, consistent with a growing chance of recession,” noted analysts at NAB.

“Around 60bps of Fed cuts are now priced in for 2023.”

In currencies, investor demand for the most liquid safe harbour has tended to benefit the U.S. dollar,…

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