Oil rebounds from its sharpest selloff in a year
Global equity recovery looses some steam in Europe after strong Asian rally
EM currencies remain under pressure from dollar strength and trade war risk
Global stocks showed signs of a rebound on Thursday, following reports that US and Chinese officials may resume high-level talks on trade issues. Investors have begun rotating out of safety trades including the dollar, which gave back just a small amount of yesterday's outsized gains. Treasury yields trimmed most of yesterday's drop as investors moved to riskier assets.
European shares, along with futures for the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ 100, are all flashing green, reversing Wednesday's sharp global selloff which saw WTI crude sliding the most in two years and US energy and material producer shares tumbling at least 2 percent—pushing the S&P 500 into its heaviest decline in two weeks.
Where are equities headed next? While pundits warn there are no winners in a trade war, US shares stand out as the outperformers. While Asian benchmarks (except for Australia's S&P/ASX 200) are in a downtrend and European indices are drifting, US majors remain in a clear uptrend.
We believe this will almost certainly create a virtuous cycle for US assets, prompting international investors to shed foreign holdings, sending them yet further down, even as these same investors ramp up their US exposures—driving up returns on US markets.
The STOXX 600 opened 0.25 percent higher—posting a more modest gain than Asian counterparts—but was pressured lower in early trade. Media companies and car manufacturers outperformed, helping the pan-European index move higher—to about 0.4 up at the time of writing. Technically, yesterday’s plunge extended the medium-term downtrend within a falling channel since the May peak, while potentially developing a massive H&S top since mid-May 2017.
Earlier this morning, during the Asian session, Chinese shares made up for Wednesday’s underperformance. The Shanghai Composite jumped 2.2 percent, wiping out yesterday's deep losses, adding another 0.35 percent in gains, setting up the mainland index for its highest close since June 29. Technically, today's vigorous rebound extended a turn-around from the July 6 low, triggering the most reliable buy signals of the MACD and RSI in five months, after these indicators reached their lowest levels since February, at the end of the global January selloff.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng didn’t perform as strongly as its mainland counterpart. It settled 0.60 percent into positive territory after fluctuating between a 0.3 percent loss and a 1.17 percent gain.
South Korea’s KOSPI swung even more widely, between a 0.8 percent gain and a 0.1 percent loss, only to finish very near today's opening price, 0.2 percent above yesterday’s close.
Japan’s TOPIX advanced 0.48 percent, losing steam from the initial 0.8 percent rally.
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.85 percent this morning, erasing yesterday's losses and sealing an additional 0.15 percent advance. Technically, as we've been saying for a week, the Aussie benchmark has completed a bullish pennant pattern. Price moves on Friday generated the upside breakout, then extended gains on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday trading completed a return-move, with prices penetrating the pennant slightly but closing above it. Today, prices bounced off the support of the pattern.
On Wednesday, commodities took a hit, with oil's retreat pushing WTI toward $70 a barrel and metals and crop futures slipping lower.
WTI rebounded from a 4.65 percent plunge, its sharpest daily decline in almost 13 months. The selloff was spurred by oil production resuming in Libya as well as by the increased outlook for waning demand, as a global trade war could hinder economic growth. Technically, the July peak at $75 verified the integrity of the uptrend, and the 50 DMA supported the plunge, suggesting there is demand, at the right price.
In the US equity market, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) led US losses, weighting on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. On the other side of the Pacific, during yesterday's trade, emerging market shares fell the most since the end of June.
EM currencies also remain under pressure, dragged lower by two main drivers: the US-China trade war narrative made them look even riskier, while the stronger dollar prompted investors to shift into US assets.
Speculators buying the dip helped the Turkish lira recover, after hitting a fresh record low when a local television channel reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees both the exchange rate and interest rates dropping. Technically, yesterday’s fall caused a USD/TRY upside breakout to a symmetrical triangle, suggesting further declines are in the cards for the lira.
Earnings season kicks off on Friday with JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) due to publish its results before market open. Consensus EPS forecast stands at $2.22, versus $1.82 the same quarter last year. Citigroup (NYSE:C) is expected to release corporate results tomorrow before market open, with a projected $1.55 EPS, from $1.27 last year.
Chinese trade data due at the start of next week will probably show slightly slower export growth after early indicators pointed to softer overseas demand and weaker export orders, Bloomberg Economics said.
Futures on the S&P 500 gained 0.4 percent as of 8:01 a.m. London time.
The STOXX Europe 600 climbed 0.3 percent.
The UK’s FTSE 100 ticked 0.3 percent higher.
Germany's DAX slid 1.5 percent, reaching the lowest level in more than a week, on the first retreat in a week and the most significant drop in more than two weeks.
The MSCI All-Country World Index lost less than 0.05 percent.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 0.2 percent.
The MSCI Emerging Market Index jumped 0.3 percent.
The Dollar Index is flat, fluctuating within a 0.1 percent range.
The euro climbed less than 0.05 percent to $1.1677.
The British pound gained 0.1 percent to $1.3213.
The Japanese yen lost 0.2 percent to 112.28 per dollar, the weakest level in six months.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries inched one basis point higher to 2.86 percent, the highest level in more than a week.
Germany’s 10-year yield gained less than one basis point to 0.37 percent, the highest level in more than three weeks.
Britain’s 10-year yield gained less than one basis point to 1.294 percent.
West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.4 percent to $70.64 a barrel.
Brent crude gained 1.5 percent to $74.48 a barrel, the most significant advance in almost two weeks.
Copper surged 1.4 percent to $2.78 a pound, the most substantial climb in five weeks.
Gold increased 0.2 percent to $1,244.28 an ounce.
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