The global financial markets have witnessed significant turbulence in recent times, with a confluence of factors contributing to this uncertainty. As we delve into the intricate web of market dynamics, we'll explore the implications of events such as Lego's surprising decision to abandon oil-free bricks, China's gold buying spree affecting bullion pricing, and Morgan Stanley's prediction that the Federal Reserve has paused its interest rate hikes. These developments, among others, have sent shockwaves through various sectors, leaving investors and analysts grappling with what lies ahead.


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NAS100, SPX, EuroStoxx 50, Gold (XAUUSD), US Treasuries And More - "Financial Markets Today: Quick Take" – April 13, 2022

Saxo Strategy Team Saxo Strategy Team 13.04.2022 11:07
Macro 2022-04-13 08:25 6 minutes to read Summary:  Markets are waking up about where they left off yesterday, as a US equity market rally in the wake of slightly softer than expected core US inflation in March was reversed back to its starting point. Overnight, the New Zealand central bank hiked more than expected, but guided less hawkish, so NZD fell. The Bank of Canada is expected to beat the Fed to the punch today by hiking by 50 basis points for the first time since 2000.   What is our trading focus? Nasdaq 100 (USNAS100.I) and S&P 500 (US500.I) - US equities tried to shift back to a positive stance yesterday in the wake of a slightly softer core CPI reading for March, but the rally was erased by the close, as attention is set to shift to earnings season which kicks off today in earnest. The Nasdaq 100 index has yet to break down through the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at 13,831, a break of which could usher in a full test of the 12,942.5 low. The less yield-sensitive S&P 500 index is farther above its respective 61.8% retracement level (4,299) but posted a weak session to new local lows yesterday, even as sentiment has recovered again overnight. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI.I) and China’s CSI300 (000300.I) were little changed.  Energy and mining stocks outperformed.  China’s Ministry of Transport has issued a notice to local governments to urge the latter to keep highways in operation in areas affected by lockdowns.  China is also piloting in eight cities to reduce the number of days required for quarantine from 14 days to 10 days.  China reported better than expected March export data (+14.7% YoY in USD terms) while imports declined (-0.1% YoY in USD terms). Trade surplus increased to USD47.4 billion (vs consensus $21.7bln, Feb $30.6bln). Stoxx 50 (EU50.I) – the Stoxx 50 index snapped back from new local lows yesterday –emphasizing the importance of the 3,800 area support – and is fairly sideways overnight in the futures, a somewhat better performance than the major US averages, where a rally attempt yesterday was fully wiped out.  A weak euro certainly helps exporters, but energy/power prices continue to weigh on Europe’s economic outlook. EURUSD and EUR pairs  – the euro continues to trade heavily and EURUDS has nearly touched the lows for the cycle around near 1.0800. It was rather disappointing for bulls that the pair failed to get more support from a consolidation lower in US yields yesterday in the wake of the slightly cooler than expected core inflation reading (more below). The ongoing unease as Russia looks set to widen its offensive in eastern Ukraine and concerns that the ECB will remain dovish tomorrow perhaps weighing. The next major level lower is the 1.0636 level posted during the pandemic outbreak panic. USDCAD is at pivotal levels in the 1.2650 area, ... ...about the half-way point of the recent  price range and near the 200-day moving average ahead of today’s Bank of Canada meeting, which is expected to bring a 50-basis point rate hike (to take the policy rate to 1.00%), which would be the first rate hike of more than 25 bps since 2000. But with the Fed seen likely matching the Bank of Canada’s pace of tightening by year-end, the BoC may need to guide hawkish, or CAD may need to find more support from rising oil prices and improving risk sentiment broadly if it is to stage a rally against the US dollar. The technical situation certainly looks pivotal. Gold (XAUUSD) The advance in gold prices was a bit more impressive yesterday as the move higher above the key 1,966 area stuck, though the real challenge remains a bid to retake the psychologically important 2,000 level. The dip in treasury yields yesterday and weak risk sentiment in equities provided some of the boost. Crude oil (OILUKJUN22 & OILUSMAY22)  A solid comeback for oil prices yesterday, as WTI crude joined Brent in trading back above 100/bbl ahead of weekly US crude oil and product inventories from the DoE today. China moving to ease some of the Shanghai covid lockdowns may have boosted sentiment on the demand side. And longer-term supply concerns are in clear evidence as long-dated crude for December of 2023, trades within two dollars of the highest daily close for the cycle back in early March. US Treasuries (IEF, TLT) and European Sovereign Debt. Treasury traders took the slightest easing of the pace of core March US inflation as a signal for consolidation yesterday, as yields dropped all along the curve, and more so at the front end as the market perhaps figures that as long as the pace of inflation rises moderates, it can stop the constant upward adjustments to the perceived path of Fed policy tightening this year. A US 10-year treasury auction saw tepid demand yesterday. Today sees a 30-year T-bond auction. EU yields also eased lower yesterday from new cycle- and multi-year highs. What is going on? New Zealand’s RBNZ surprises with 50-basis point hike, but guides less hawkish.  The market was looking for a 25-basis point move to take the Official Cash Rate to 1.25%, but instead got 50 basis points and a 1.50% policy rate. The argument in the statement was that the bank saw it prudent to bring hiking forward to reduce the risks of rising inflation expectations. At the same time, the statement frets the slowing pace of global economic activity. After an initial spike higher on the impact of the larger than expected hike, the NZD traded lower in the wake of the decision as the 2-year NZ rate dropped some 15 basis points. AUDNZD also retains an upward bias given the demand in resource-rich Australian assets. Australia’s business data also continues to hold up for now, while New Zealand is facing deteriorating business sentiment and chronic labor shortage. UK Mar. CPI out this morning – hotter than expected.  UK March CPI hit +1.1% MoM and +7.0% YoY on the headline (vs. +0.8% /+6.7% expected) and +5.7% YoY (vs. +5.3% expected) for the core CPI reading Crowdstrike (CRWD) rose 3.2% on a Goldman Sach upgrade to buy. Crowdstrikeis the world’s biggest cybersecurity company. The analyst community also likes Crowdstrike  with 93% of analysts rating the stock as a buy. Goldman Sachs expects Crowdstrike’s shares to rise to $285 in a year. USDJPY refuses to drop below 125.  USDJPY dropped below 125 following the US CPI release overnight, focusing on the less-than-expected core print and the fall in US treasury yields. This morning, the pair is trading close to the near-20 year high of 125.86. The move was however reversed suggesting sustained weakness in the yen, which will continue until we see stronger action from the Japanese authorities and not just verbal intervention. The prospect of stagflation remains for Germany.  This is the main takeaway from the ZEW index released yesterday. The economic sentiment index decreased to minus 41.0 in April versus prior minus 39.3 while the current conditions index dropped to minus 30.8 versus prior minus 21.4. The ZEW experts are therefore pessimistic about the current economic situation, and they expect that it will continue to deteriorate. The only glimpse of hope is the decline in inflation expectations.  U.S. Inflation is still uncomfortably high.  March CPI hit 8.5 % year-over-year. This is the hottest annual pace since 1981. The pace of Core CPI rises moderated a bit at +0.3% month-on-month and + 6.5% year-on-year. This is still the hottest pace since 1982. On a year-on-year basis, the sharpest increases are : fuel oil (70 %), gas (48 %), used cars (35 %), hotels (29 %), airfare (24 %) and utility gas (22 %). You can find the full list here (scroll to pdf page 9). It is clear that the U.S. Federal Reserve is behind the curve. Expect a 50-basis point interest rate hike at the May FOMC meeting. What are we watching next? Ukraine war developments as new Russian offensive operations are underway in eastern Ukraine and US President Biden promised a new round of $750 million in military aid and said Russian leader Putin is guilty of genocide. Earnings Watch. The Q1 earnings season kicks off in earnest today week with US mega-bank JP Morgan Chase reporting today, but the more Main Street-oriented banks reporting in coming days, including the largest of these, Wells Fargo, tomorrow, will be interesting for a check-up on credit demand. The UK’s largest grocer Tesco is also worth watching for a sense of the impact of inflation on margins and customer behaviour as a cost-of-living crisis has hit a large portion of the UK population. Today: Tesco, JPMorgan Chase & Co, BlackRock, Fastenal Thursday: China Northern Rare Earth Group, Fast Retailing, Ericsson, UnitedHealth, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, US Bancorp, PNC Financial Services, Coinbase, State Street Friday: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Economic calendar highlights for today (times GMT) 1230 – US Mar. PPI 1400 – Canada Bank of Canada Rate Decision 1430 – US DoE Weekly Crude Oil and Product Inventories 1500 – Canada Bank of Canada’s Macklem press conference 1700 – US 30-year T-bond auction 2301 – UK Mar. RICS House Price Balance 0130 – Australia Mar. Employment Change / Unemployment Rate   Follow SaxoStrats on the daily Saxo Markets Call on your favorite podcast app:    
Stock Market Showing Signs Of Slight Recovery Amidst U.S CPI Report Release

Stock Market Showing Signs Of Slight Recovery Amidst U.S CPI Report Release

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 11.05.2022 18:05
Summary: S&P 500 has seen 0.72% growth today. The value of (XAUUSD) gold has shown bullish signals in the market today. Read next: Tech Stocks Plunging!? Trade Desk Earnings Announcement Pushes Tech Giant Stock Down, Russian Ruble Strengthening and Ford Motor Co.  S&P 500 is rising during trading today The U.S CPI report which offered an update on price increases across U.S for April was released by the U.S labour department on Wednesday. The report reflected there was some deceleration of inflation figures compared to March, however, the rate of price increases exceeded analyst expectations. The CPI for April decelerated marginally compared to the March figures. The figures represent how far the Fed will have to go in the future regarding tightening monetary policy to fight the rising prices. S&P 500 Price Chart Will Gold rally in the wake of the CPI report? Gold futures have increased in value today, the initial increase came before the CPI report was released by the U.S labor department, and the increase has continued after the release. The lower than expected CPI figures bode well in the favour of the gold prices as uncertainty arises amongst investors on the Fed's next move. With volatility in the stock markets likely to continue, perhaps investors are trying to hedge their bets, driving the price of gold upwards. Gold Futures Jun’22 Read next: (BTC) Bitcoin’s Price Tanks Along With Equities. U.S. Stock Market Awaits CPI Report, Poor Performance From The FTSE 100.  Sources: Finance.yahoo.com
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Jason Sen talks gold, silver, Emini S&P and other positions - December 20th

Jason Sen Jason Sen 20.12.2022 07:42
Silver has strong support again at 2270/50. Outlook remains positive. Today's Analysis. Gold reversed from 1797/99 has dipped to first support at 1782/80. Longs need stops below 1771. Longs at 1782/80 target 1790 then 1797/99. A break higher targets 1807/09. Eventually a retest of 1822/24 is likely. Silver longs at support at 2270/50 worked perfectly on the bounce to 2323. Minor resistance at 2330/35 held yesterday but eventually this should be beaten to target 2360/65 & 2390/2400. Strong support again at 2270/50. Longs need stops below 2235. WTI Crude February resistance at 7620/70. Shorts need stops above 7730. A break higher is a buy signal targeting 7750 then 7900. Targets for shorts are 7520, 7420 Emini S&P March finally collapsed - I have waited far too long for this move & I do not understand why we saw a 4% rally on the CPI number. The massive negative candle on the weekly chart suggests the next leg lower in the bear trend will be brutal for bulls. Nasdaq March lower as predicted to 11400/350 with the close below 11300 acting as the next sell signal targeting 11100/11000 - a low for the day only 32 ticks above. Emini Dow Jones March collapsed as expected after the sell signal, hitting my target of 33100/33000 & only 20 ticks from 32850/750 A 50% CRASH IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION Remember when support is broken it usually acts as resistance & vice-versa. Update daily by 06:00 GMT. Today's Analysis. Emini S&P March finally collapsed & I believe we are resuming the 2022 bear trend at last. We broke support at 3940/30 & I think we should continue lower as investors reality finally wake up & accept the reality that there is no pivot or rate cut coming. At last the market is reacting negatively to bad news & not seeing it as a factor that will force a pivot - this last month has been a load of nonsense!! We hit my next targets of 3910/00 then 3870/60 & 17 points from 3810/00. On further losses look for 3785/75, perhaps as far as 3735. Again, gains are likely to be limited with minor resistance at 3900/10 (a high for the day exactly here in fact) & strong resistance at 3940/60. Shorts need stops above 3980. Nasdaq March close below 11300 is the next sell signal targeting 11100/11000, perhaps as far as 10850/750. Gains are likely to be limited with strong resistance at 11380/420. Strong resistance at 11530/590. Shorts need stops above 11700. Emini Dow Jones collapsed again as predicted to my target of 32850/750. Longs are risky. A break lower targets 32500/450 then 32100/32000. Gains are likely to be limited with strong resistance at 33300 & 33600/700. Shorts need stops above 33800.
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Asian Markets Await Detailed Plans After Politburo Pledges Support for China's Economy

ING Economics ING Economics 25.07.2023 08:17
Asia Morning Bites Politburo pledges support for China's economy - we await detailed plans.   Global Macro and Markets Global markets:  US equity markets made small gains yesterday, though the price action was far from conclusive. The S&P settled 0.4% higher than the previous day while the NASDAQ rose just 0.19%. Chinese stocks fell. The Hang Seng was down 2.13% and the CSI 300 fell 0.44%. That might change today after a Chinese Politburo meeting yesterday vowed to provide more aid for the property sector as well as boost consumption and tackle local government debt issues. Equity futures are positive, but we will reserve judgement until we hear some details. We have had plenty of vague promises already, which don’t amount to a great deal so far. US Treasury yields seem to have decided that this week’s FOMC meeting will be hawkish, and 2Y yields jumped up 8.2bp to 4.919% yesterday. The yield on 10Y bonds rose just 3.8bp to 3.872%. EURUSD fell again yesterday, dropping to 1.1063. The AUD was flat at 0.6734, Cable dipped to 1.2816, and the JPY remained stable at 141.59. Asian FX didn’t move much yesterday. The TWD fell 0.39% after industrial production fell slightly more than expected. At the other end of the spectrum, the KRW made gains of 0.28%. The CNY was unchanged. G-7 macro:  PMI data yesterday was weaker across much of the Eurozone, and the aggregate composite PMI dropped a full point to 48.9, with very weak manufacturing (42.7 from 43.4) and a slowdown in service sector growth (51.5 from 53.7). The equivalent US series showed a smaller manufacturing contraction (49.0) but also showed service sector growth slowing (52.4 from 54.4). Today, Germany’s Ifo survey will add more detail on the German situation. The US releases house price data (S&P CoreLogic numbers as well as FHFA data). And the US Conference Board releases its July confidence data. South Korea: Korea’s real GDP rose 0.6% QoQ sa in 2Q23 (vs 0.3% in 1Q23, 0.5% market consensus). 2QGDP was up from the previous quarter and slightly higher than the market consensus, but the details were quite disappointing. Net exports contributed to the growth (+1.3pt) but it was mainly because the contraction of imports (-4.2%) was deeper than that of exports (-1.8%). Looking ahead, we think that GDP in 2H23 will slow down again, as forward-looking data for domestic demand indicates a further deterioration. Please see our 2H23 outlook details here.  We think today’s data should be a concern for the Bank of Korea as exports remain sluggish amid expectations of a further worsening of domestic growth. Also, this year’s fiscal support is likely to remain weak, considering the tax revenue deficit and normalization of covid related fiscal spending. Thus, the BoK’s policy focus will gradually shift from inflation to growth over the next few months as we expect inflation to stay in the 2% range most of the time in 2H23. Indonesia:  Bank Indonesia meets today to decide on policy.  BI is widely expected to keep rates untouched at 5.75% to help shore up the IDR and ensure FX stability.  Previous dovish comments from BI Governor Warjiyo suggesting rate cuts could be considered have been set aside for now and we could see an extended pause from BI with any rate cut only considered later on.     What to look out for: Central bank decisions Bank Indonesia policy meeting (25 July) Hong Kong trade (25 July) US Conference board consumer confidence (25 July) Australia CPI (26 July) Singapore industrial production (26 July) US new home sales (26 July) US FOMC decision (27 July) China industrial profits (27 July) ECB policy decision (27 July) US personal consumption, durable goods orders initial jobless claims (27 July) South Korea industrial production (28 July) Japan Tokyo CPI and BoJ policy (28 July) Australia PPI (28 July) US personal spending, core PCE, University of Michigan sentiment (28 July)
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ING Economics ING Economics 25.07.2023 08:20
Korea: 2Q23 GDP improved but with disappointing details South Korea’s real GDP accelerated to 0.6% QoQ (sa) in 2Q23 from 0.3% in 1Q23, which was slightly higher than the market consensus of 0.5%. However, the details were quite disappointing with exports, consumption, and investment all shrinking. We expect growth to slow in 2H23.   Net exports contributed positively to overall growth The upside surprise mainly came from a positive contribution from net exports (+1.3pt). However, we do not interpret this in a positive light, because it was not driven by an improvement in exports, but rather by a contraction of imports (-4.2%), which was deeper than that of exports (-1.8%). By major item, exports of vehicles and semiconductors rose as global supply conditions improved and global demand remained solid. But, exports of petroleum/chemicals and shipping services declined further with unfavourable price effects weighing. Falling commodity prices have had a positive impact on Korea's overall terms of trade, having a greater impact on imports, but "processed" exports such as petroleum/chemicals and shipping took more of a hit.   Net exports led growth but due to sharper decline of imports than exports   Meanwhile, domestic demand dragged down overall growth by -0.6pt As monthly activity and sentiment data already suggested, private consumption was down -0.1% with declining service consumption, while investment – both construction (-0.3%) and facilities (-0.2%) – contracted. Also, government expenditure dropped quite sharply (-1.9%) as spending on social security declined. We believe that the reopening boost effects on consumption have finally faded away, while tight credit conditions have also dampened investment. R&D investment (0.4%) was an exception, rising for the second consecutive quarter on the back of continued investment in new technologies.   GDP in 2H23 will likely decelerate again Forward-looking data on domestic demand indicates a further deterioration in domestic growth. Construction orders, permits, and starts have been declining for several months, while capital goods imports and machinery orders have also trended down recently. With continued market noise surrounding project financing and growing uncertainty over global demand conditions, business sentiment for new investment is very weak. This year’s fiscal spending will also not support the economy meaningfully, considering the tax revenue deficit and normalization of covid related spending. However, we think trade will take the lead in a modest recovery. We believe that exports will rebound by the end of the third quarter with support from improved vehicle demand, semiconductors, and machinery (despite the global headwinds). Please see our 2H23 outlook details here.   Korea's GDP is expected to slow down in 2H23     Although 2Q23 GDP was higher than expected, the details suggest a weaker-than-expected recovery in 2H23, together with weak forward-looking data, thus we keep our current annual GDP forecast for 2023 unchanged at 0.9% YoY.   The Bank of Korea watch We think today’s data should be a concern for the Bank of Korea (BoK). The BoK forecast growth to accelerate in 2H23 on the back of better exports. We agree that export conditions will improve, but we don't think they will be strong enough to dominate weak domestic growth, and today’s data also suggests that growth will slow down in the near future. Thus, the BoK’s policy focus will probably gradually shift from inflation to growth in 4Q23. In 3Q23, we believe that the BoK will continue to keep its hawkish stance while keeping a close eye on other major central banks’ monetary policies. Also, inflation may fluctuate a bit over the Summer season due to soaring fresh food prices amid continued severe weather conditions. However, if inflation stays in the 2% range for most of 2H23, then the BoK’s tone should shift to neutral and eventually revert to an easing cycle.
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Asia Morning Bites: Australian Inflation Preview and Global Market Updates

ING Economics ING Economics 26.07.2023 08:05
Asia Morning Bites Australian inflation this morning is an appetizer ahead of tonight's FOMC main course.   Global Macro and Markets Global markets:  US stocks crept higher on Monday, though without much conviction. The S&P rose 0.28%, while the NASDAQ rose a further 0.61%. That leaves the NASDAQ up 35.14% ytd… Chinese stocks responded well to the supportive comments coming out of the Politburo yesterday. The Hang Seng index rose 4.1% and the CSI 300 rose 2.89%. However, we remain cautious about the economic outlook as the recent comments continue to lack detail despite the various “pledges” and “vows” to boost spending.  Ahead of today’s FOMC, which we in Asia will wake up to tomorrow morning, Treasuries were relatively quiet. 2Y yields rose 1.5bp to 4.874%, while 10Y UST yields rose just 1.2bp to 3.884%. EURUSD has drifted back down to 1.1051 on expectations of a hawkish Fed tonight. But the AUD gained ground yesterday, rising to 0.6788.  The GBP and JPY also strengthened against the USD ahead of Friday’s Bank of Japan meeting (see our latest note on this). The positive sentiment in China has enabled the CNY to strengthen to 7.1363 and the yuan was Asia’s best performing currency yesterday. Most other Asian currencies also gained against the USD. G-7 macro:  House prices in the US gained further ground in May, with both the FHFA and S&P CoreLogic measures of house prices rising more than expected.  There were also gains in the Conference Board’s consumer confidence indices. None of which plays into the “one and done” view that the market currently holds for the FOMC. Elsewhere, Germany’s Ifo survey presented more bad news, falling more than expected, though the UK’s CBI business survey was a little brighter. Today is quiet ahead of the Fed (02:00 SGT/HKT) with just US home sales and mortgage applications.   Australia:  CPI inflation for June should show further declines in inflation, with the headline rate declining to around 5.4% YoY from 5.6% currently. That would be a 3 percentage point decline from the December 2022 peak. Inflation should decline again next month. Thereafter, we will need to see month-on-month changes in inflation slow considerably to stop inflation from stabilizing at high levels or even backing higher again, as all the helpful base effects will have been used up until we get nearer to the end of the year. Singapore: Singapore reports industrial production figures for June.  We expect another month of contraction, extending the slump to 9 months of decline, tracking the downturn in non-oil domestic exports.  Industrial production should slip by 6%YoY and we can expect the slide to continue for as long as global demand stays subdued. 
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Asia Morning Bites: Australian Inflation in Focus Amid Market Movements

ING Economics ING Economics 30.08.2023 09:38
Asia Morning Bites Eyes down for Australian inflation. Markets brace for weaker payrolls after JOLTS decline in job openings. ADP due later.   Global Macro and Markets Global markets:  There was a lot of green on the boards across the equity world yesterday. Both US, European and Chinese stock indices all rose on the day. The S&P and NASDAQ rose 1.45% and 1.74% respectively, while the Hang Seng and CSI 300 rose 1.95% and 1.0%. The earlier announcement in China of stamp duty cuts and curbs on share sales by major shareholders may have provided some lingering support. Falling US Treasury yields possibly added some additional “oomph” to the US equity market. 2Y US Treasury yields fell 11bp to 4.894%, and the yield on the 10Y Treasury bond fell 8.2bp taking it to 4.12%. EURUSD picked up to 1.0876, having briefly traded below 1.08 intraday.  Other G-10 currencies also rallied against the USD. The AUD rose to 0.6480, Cable pushed up to 1.2644, and the JPY reversed a move up towards 147.50 and came all the way back to 145.89. These moves lifted the SGD too, which has pulled back below 1.35. The PHP and VND both lost ground yesterday.   G-7 macro:  It was a thin day for Macro, but it nonetheless contained some interesting data releases. The US JOLTS survey showed a sharp drop in job openings, falling from 9165K to 8827K. This was way down on the 9500K openings that had been forecast. There was also an unexpected and sharp decline in the Conference Board’s consumer confidence indicators, including those relating to the labour market. And the US house price purchase index also came in a little softer than had been expected. Germany’s GfK consumer confidence survey also came in on the low side. Today, German preliminary  CPI data for August are due. The US publishes the second release of 2Q23 GDP as well as the ADP employment survey (195K expected), to whet our appetites (or perhaps just to confuse us) before Friday’s payroll numbers.   Australia: July CPI inflation data is forecast to decline to 5.2%YoY from 5.4% in June. But the July data will also include some chunky electricity tariff increases, so we think there is a chance the number is higher than this, with an outside chance that inflation actually rises from last month.     What to look out for: US ADP report Australia building approvals and CPI (30 August) South Korea retail sales (30 August) US MBA mortgage applications, ADP employment, GDP and pending home sales (30 August) South Korea industrial production (31 August) Japan retail sales (31 August) China PMI manufacturing and non-manufacturing (31 August) Thailand trade balance (31 August) Hong Kong retail sales (31 August) India GDP (31 August) US initial jobless claims, PCE deflator and personal spending (31 August) Japan capital spending and Jibun PMI (1 September) South Korea trade (1 September) Regional PMI (1 September) China Caixin PMI (1 September) Indonesia CPI inflation (1 September) US NFP, ISM manufacturing and industrial production (1 September)
Financial World in a Turbulent Dance: Lego, Gold, and Market Mysteries

Financial World in a Turbulent Dance: Lego, Gold, and Market Mysteries

FXMAG Education FXMAG Education 25.09.2023 15:58
The global financial markets have witnessed significant turbulence in recent times, with a confluence of factors contributing to this uncertainty. As we delve into the intricate web of market dynamics, we'll explore the implications of events such as Lego's surprising decision to abandon oil-free bricks, China's gold buying spree affecting bullion pricing, and Morgan Stanley's prediction that the Federal Reserve has paused its interest rate hikes. These developments, among others, have sent shockwaves through various sectors, leaving investors and analysts grappling with what lies ahead.   A Rollercoaster Week for US Stocks The past week saw US stocks experiencing their most challenging period since March, triggered by the Federal Reserve's update. Both the S&P and Nasdaq indexes retreated by 2.9% and 3.6%, respectively. This downturn in the market was mirrored globally, with the MSCI World Index recording a 2.67% slide, its sharpest decline since March. The MSCI Asia ex-Japan Index also suffered a substantial setback, losing 2.3%, positioning it for a 3% loss in the third quarter. These declines have sent shockwaves through the investment world, raising concerns about the overall health of the global economy.   Bond Yields and the Fed's Stance One of the key indicators of this market turbulence is the surge in 10-year US yields, marking their most substantial weekly rise since July. Over the last ten weeks, yields have risen in eight, and 10-year real yields have surpassed 2%. Morgan Stanley's Ellen Zenter has stated that the Federal Reserve is likely done with its rate hikes for the time being. These developments have left investors wondering about the impact on various asset classes and the broader economic landscape.   Earnings Reports to Watch As we navigate these turbulent financial waters, several earnings reports are on the horizon. Companies such as Costco, Cintas, Micron Technology, Jefferies, Nike, Accenture, BlackBerry, and Carnival Corporation are set to release their financial results. These reports will shed light on the performance and outlook of various sectors, providing critical insights into market trends.   Paradigm Shift in Bullion The bullion market is experiencing a paradigm shift driven by Chinese gold buying. This shift is having a profound impact on the pricing and demand for gold. Understanding this shift is crucial for investors and central banks alike, as gold has historically been a safe-haven asset during times of economic uncertainty.   Thailand's Tech Investment Expectations Thailand is gearing up for substantial investments from tech giants like Tesla, Google, and Microsoft, with expectations totaling $5 billion, according to the Prime Minister. This influx of tech investment could transform the country's tech landscape and create opportunities for growth in the Southeast Asian region.   Lego's Surprising Decision In a surprising turn of events, Lego has decided to abandon its efforts to produce oil-free bricks. This move has garnered attention due to the increasing focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility in the corporate world. The implications of this decision go beyond just the toy industry, as it reflects broader concerns about the use of fossil fuels.   The recent market turbulence, influenced by various global factors, highlights the interconnectedness of the financial landscape. As we navigate these uncertain waters, staying informed about developments such as central bank policies, corporate decisions, and geopolitical events becomes increasingly critical. Investors and financial analysts must remain vigilant and adapt to changing market conditions to make informed decisions in these challenging times.

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