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Opening Bell: Economic Recovery Lifts Markets; Bitcoin Back Above $51,000

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewMar 03, 2021 08:40AM ET
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Opening Bell: Economic Recovery Lifts Markets; Bitcoin Back Above $51,000
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Mar 03, 2021 08:40AM ET
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  • Market refocuses on stimulus-fueled growth
  • Chinese top banking regulator soothes investors after earlier bubble warning
  • Reddit traders target Rocket Companies

Key Events

As the market narrative shifted its focus from rising bond yields to the reopening of the reflating US economy—fueled by US President Joseph Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus—futures on the the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 traded higher on Wednesday.

Oil also rebounded while gold fell.

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Contracts on the Russell 2000 were nearly double those on the NASDAQ this morning. At the same time, yields jumped, showing once again the power of the reflation trade: the expectation that rising inflation—for the first time in 12 years—will drive the economic expansion, rather than slow it down.

Investors have been going back and forth between two themes for the past month. Equities were sold-off in the last two weeks on the outlook that rising rates will upend an economic recovery, while in the two weeks that preceded those, stocks gained on the view that inflation will create a virtuous cycle of rising prices, benefiting companies, which then create more and better paying jobs, which benefits consumers, who spend more, benefiting companies, and so on.

UST, USTEC,US2000 1Min
UST, USTEC,US2000 1Min

In the minute-by-minute chart above, we can see how contracts on US domestic firms (green) took off along with rising yields on the 10-year Treasury note (blue), while those on the NASDAQ 100 (red) floundered.

In Europe, the STOXX 600 index also climbed, boosted by the UK’s FTSE 100, which was outperforming in the region, as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak extended furlough pay—80% of wages for workers in the program—through the end of June, ahead of presenting England’s annual budget release later today.

Earlier Wednesday, Asia was painted green, as Australia’s GDP grew by 3.1%, faster than the expected 2.5% rise. This read gave the land down under relief as it is seen to support a V-shape recovery.

The market narrative is using Australia’s rapid recovery as a poster child, creating expectations for the same in economies around the world. The market will almost certainly oscillate, flipping between the themes of growth as a result of rising yields or a slowdown as a result of higher yields. That's because global economies remain delicate after an array of stalled potential recoveries last year amid the worst public health crisis in a lifetime

Still, it wasn’t Australia’s ASX 200 that outperformed in Asia. Its shares provided a temperate 0.8% gain. It was China, where the Shanghai Composite closed 1.95% higher despite the announcement that its services sector grew at the slowest rate in 10 months, slipping to 51.5, just above the 50-mark level. The index was likely boosted by the country’s top banking regulator Guo Shuqing, backpedaling from yesterday’s warning of “bubble risks” in markets, saying that China’s regulations would not get in the way of an economic recovery.

South Korea’s KOSPI was the second best performer, up 1.3%, thanks to massive institutional buying late in the session, after China’s attempt to soothe investors and avoid the market meltdown that the regulator himself had warned against.

US stocks sold off in Tuesday’s session, after the strongest advance in nine months on Monday played on investors fears of a bubble.

Those fears were compounded by Bank of America warning that over-optimism is a strong contrarian indicator. The two most sensitive indexes, the Russell 2000 and the NASDAQ 100, fell the most, around 1.7% each, more than double that of the S&P 500's 0.8 % decline and almost four times the 0.4% retreat by the Dow Jones.

Technology shares led the S&P and NASDAQ decliners, with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) down 2.1%

AAPL Daily
AAPL Daily

The iPhone maker's stock sold off after the price approached the neckline of a H&S top.

Shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) also plummeted, falling 4.5%.

TSLA Daily
TSLA Daily

The EV manufacturer's stock tested the range top following a downside breakout of a H&S top in the form of a pennant, a continuation pattern.

Budget retailer, Target (NYSE:TGT) plunged 6.8%, on soft profit guidance, The slump pushed the price below its uptrend line since the April low, and established a descending series of peaks and troughs, the marks of a downtrend.

In other stock news, Rocket Companies (NYSE:RKT), a Detroit-based mortgage provider, is the newest lightening rod for Reddit 'Rebels,' after they found out about its high level of short-interest.

RKT Daily
RKT Daily

The stock surged over 70%, mirroring the kind of moves seen when GameStop (NYSE:GME) was their focus.

Gold fell despite the fact that the dollar weakened for the second day, but Bitcoin jumped back above $51,000.

Oil recovered after a three-day fall.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

In our interpretation, the recovery is a return move after completing a H&S top.

Up Ahead

  • US Federal Reserve Beige Book is due Wednesday.
  • OPEC+ is meeting to discuss any potential changes to oil output on Thursday.
  • US factory orders and initial jobless claims are due on Thursday.
  • The February nonfarm payroll report, published on Friday, will provide an update on the speed and direction of the nation’s labor market recovery.

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index declined 0.1% to 90.65.
  • The euro dipped 0.1% to $1.2084.
  • The British pound advanced 0.2% to $1.3978.
  • The onshore yuan strengthened 0.2% to 6.46 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 106.83 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries jumped three basis points to 1.42%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries climbed less than one basis point to 0.12%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to -0.35%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield advanced one basis point to 0.701%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield declined one basis point to 0.119%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.4% to $59.99 a barrel.
  • Brent crude increased 0.4% to $62.96 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 0.5% to $1,729.51 an ounce.
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how is it
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Last i checked bitcoin 61 thousand
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Please analyze the gold ounce. thanks
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Ther wher many of those prchased
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Big recovery! Bidens jobs numbers just came in 100000 below expectations. Schools still closed per teacher's union strong arm tactics and oil/gas prices soaring because he destroyed all oil pipeline and domestic oil jobs.
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Reocvery hopes
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lol, all of this is trump carryover - bidens policies will have no real impact for at least a year - exception the faster rollout of vaccines which will benefit the markets - thanks for the imput klan
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I don't think he has a policy, his best adviser is Obama, that says something of what's coming, prepare for another war somewhere
 
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