- Reflation trade reverses
- Gold continues to rally
- Bitcoin slumps further
Yields declined slightly.
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US contracts wavered with NASDAQ 100 futures outperforming while contracts on the Russell 2000 were slightly in the red, illustrating a reversal of the reflation trade. The same pattern was visible yesterday with US futures trading in negative territory before the open while European stocks continued carving out new highs and then all four US indices rallied during the New York session to close in the green.
The STOXX 600 Index advanced to a sixth consecutive record as positive earnings offset worries about continued inflation, illustrated by surging natural gas prices. Market chatter also pointed to Wall Street's rally on Tuesday due to better than anticipated US retail sales data.
The tech sector helped the NASDAQ to outperform on Tuesday. That same tech outperformance is also evident in Europe today.
Siemens (NS: SIEM ) Healthineers (DE: SHLG ), a German medical tech company, opened 1% higher and extended its advance to 4.3%, after it raised its earnings expectations. The company cited its recent takeover of US radiation oncology treatment and software maker, Varian and potential synergies of more than €350 million by 2025 as one of the drivers of the improved performance outlook.
The jump completed an H&S continuation pattern, promising the minimum objective of €66.
Swiss luxury firm Richemont (SIX: CFR ) gained for the fifth straight day, up 1.7% to an all-time high, after brokers increased share price targets on the stock.
Stocks in Asia were lower. Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4% as the automobile sector fell after the country's automotive industry reported a 9.4% rise in exports in October, the lowest level in eight months.
Earnings from Walmart (NYSE: WMT ) and Home Depot (NYSE: HD ) demonstrated strong consumer demand despite a deterioration of buying power amid the highest inflation in thirty years. It appears that inflation is not standing in the way of consumers which is positive as consumer spending makes up 69% of the $23.2 trillion US economy.
Meanwhile, the yield on the 10-year Treasury remained above 1.6% on the continued argument for a tighter financial approach by the Federal Reserve. Dealers are keenly waiting to see the strength and quality of demand for a 20-year bond auction later today.
The greenback retreated from its highest levels since mid-July, after breaking through a rising channel, with the help of an H&S continuation pattern, suggesting a steeper ascent. However, the current weakening may signal a return move.
Gold jumped despite the dollar's strength.
Perhaps what's being signaled is the end of the post-H&S bottom breakout return move.
Bitcoin extended its decline for the third day straight and traded below $60,000.
The pennant seemed to fail and now the crypto might be developing a small H&S top that would send the digital token to retest the bottom of a rising channel.
The price was headed toward the neckline of an H&S top, which will complete if the $78 level is penetrated.
- US initial jobless claims figures are published on Thursday.
- On Thursday the Philadelphia Fed releases its manufacturing index for November.
- The Fed's Richard Clarida is due to speak at Asia Economic Policy Conference on Friday.
- The STOXX 600 was little changed
- Futures on the S&P 500 were little changed
- Futures on the NASDAQ 100 were little changed
- Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were little changed
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.5%
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 0.1%
- The Dollar Index was little changed
- The euro was little changed at $1.1313
- The Japanese yen was little changed at 114.84 per dollar
- The offshore yuan slid 0.2% to 6.3755 per dollar
- The British pound was up 0.26% at $1.3462
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 1.63%
- Germany's 10-year yield was little changed at -0.25%
- Britain's 10-year yield was little changed at 0.99%
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