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Opening Bell: Futures Rebound Ahead Of Georgia Vote, Stocks Dip On Lockdowns

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewJan 05, 2021 07:19AM ET
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Opening Bell: Futures Rebound Ahead Of Georgia Vote, Stocks Dip On Lockdowns
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Jan 05, 2021 07:19AM ET
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  • US markets set to recover after Monday's selloff
  • Europe falters on new UK COVID-19 restrictions
  • Dollar extends drop, gold builds on rally

Key Events

Futures contracts on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 pushed higher on Tuesday as markets recover from Monday's selloff on positive sentiment ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff later today. European markets floundered as coronavirus cases continue to rise and vaccination progress remains slow.

Gold built on yesterday’s strongest advance since early November, while the dollar extended its drop.

Global Financial Events

The STOXX 600 Index immediately lost the grip of an opening rally in retailers and energy shares, on the news that England was locking down again to prevent what Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned would be a failure of the health system within 21 days if no lockdown were imposed. The announcement followed similar moves in Scotland and Wales.

After opening in the green the FTSE 100 fell slightly. The index ended Monday close to its highest level since early March, perhaps boosted by a weakening pound. We expect sterling to head toward 1.34.

GBP/USD Hourly
GBP/USD Hourly

GBP/USD completed a bearish flag—a consolidation during which short sellers cover their positions before they allow the currency to extend its decline.

British clothing retailer Next Plc (LON:NXT) gapped up 6% and extended the rise to 8% after it updated on holiday sales which surpassed October’s guidance. The share price beat pre-COVID levels and reached the highs of late 2015.

Most of Asia was in the green, as investors cheered an announcement by the New York Stock Exchange that it will not delist China’s three biggest state-owned telecommunications companies, only four days after it said it would. The about face deterred another US-China crisis.

South Korea’s KOSPI was in the lead this morning, up 1.7% and hitting a new closing high for the sixth day in a row, as the Bank of Korea kept its benchmark interest rate at an all-time low of 0.50% since May, keeping the market amply liquid.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares excluding Japan jumped to a record—Japanese investors were left out of the party, with the Nikkei lagging in the region, after an announcement that the government is considering imposing stricter lockdowns.

US stocks fell Monday after a particularly volatile session on renewed concerns that the ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic will choke an economic recovery, as well as the continuing acrimonious political situation ahead of Tuesday’s run-off elections in Georgia. The two Senatorial elections are crucial for both US political parties. If the Democrats win both seats they will gain control of Congress, which is conducive to facilitating President-elect Joseph Biden's political agenda.

One of the bombshells released just this weekend in Washington was a leaked recording of President Donald Trump, pressuring Georgia's Secretary of State to “find 11,780 votes.” This has triggered claims of violations of State and Federal Law.

The S&P 500 Index yesterday suffered the worst selloff at the beginning of any year since 2016, as well as the sharpest decline in nearly 10 weeks. While mega caps like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) slumped, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) jumped as high as 5% and closed 3.5% higher. The EV car maker was up for the fourth straight day and recorded another all-time high, after the company announced it almost met its 2020 car delivery goal.

Yields, including on the 10-year Treasury note, climbed while the dollar fell for a second day.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

The greenback is trading at the bottom of the range and is retesting the support of Monday’s long-legged hammer, after completing the second consecutive continuation pattern within a falling channel.

Gold extended gains after jumping 2.4% yesterday, the most since the 2.7% climb on Nov. 5.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

The yellow metal increased for the fifth straight day after a H&S bottom, compounded by a pennant, helped it break free of its falling channel since its August record high.

Bitcoin fell for the second day, as gold got its groove back. JP Morgan expects that a drop in the digital asset’s volatility will pave the path to a long-term target of $146,000 per coin.

BTC/USD Hourly
BTC/USD Hourly

Meanwhile, a drop below $29,178 will establish a short-term downtrend.

Oil rebounded, after an OPEC+ meeting on whether to raise output in February was postponed. It had been whipsawing between gains and losses as COVID-19 lockdowns loomed on demand.

Crude Oil Hourly
Crude Oil Hourly

Oil prices were completing a bottom formation, after climbing back above a support since Dec. 27.

Up Ahead

  • The state of Georgia holds a run-off election for two US Senate seats that will decide control of the chamber today.
  • US Congress meets to count electoral votes and declare the winner of the 2020 Presidential election Wednesday.
  • FOMC minutes are released on Wednesday.
  • US nonfarm payrolls for December is due on Friday.

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index sank 0.2% to 89.67.
  • The euro gained 0.2% to $1.2269.
  • The British pound increased 0.1% to $1.3589.
  • The onshore yuan was little changed at 6.462 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen strengthened 0.2% to 102.90 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries gained one basis point to 0.92%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries gained less than one basis point to 0.12%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to -0.60%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield decreased one basis point to 0.011%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to 0.181%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude was little changed at $47.60 a barrel.
  • Brent crude declined 0.2% to $51.01 a barrel.
  • Gold added 0.215% $1,951.20 an ounce.
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Eric De
Eric De Jan 05, 2021 5:54PM ET
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Wow great article very informative. Hat’s off to you!
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Thank you, Eric De!
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hello
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This market is very speculative. I don't understand why it goes up everyday. Returns of 45% in Nasdaq is mind boggling. I don't understand, when dollar is going down who has money to spend on imported tech goods.
Nijas Gafoor
Nijas Gafoor Jan 05, 2021 8:25AM ET
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Waiting to see tomorrow's starting point
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Any prediction for tomorrow
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Matt Kay Jan 05, 2021 7:48AM ET
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Crash and burrrrrrn!!!
Kurt Craig
Kurt Craig Jan 05, 2021 7:39AM ET
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Futures aren't pushing higher...markets going down with Dems win in Georgia.... let's give this country what they asked for... bankruptcy, no threading the needle in politics....they gonna get it all
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problem is we didn't ask for this...it was forced on us by the corrupt Left who have told us for the last 12 year's they are going to fundamentally change America.
 
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