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Opening Bell: Global Equity Market Selloff Continues; Oil Heading Lower

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewMar 04, 2021 06:53AM ET
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Opening Bell: Global Equity Market Selloff Continues; Oil Heading Lower
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Mar 04, 2021 06:53AM ET
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  • Value stocks outperform
  • Yields look set to climb further
  • Oil develops potentially bearish pattern

Key Events 

Futures contracts on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 continued to slide in pre-US open trading on Thursday, and European stocks were pushed back, as yields eased their advance.

Gold tested support while the dollar tested resistance amid a bottom for the global reserve currency.

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US futures extended the retreat of the underlying benchmarks that was triggered by US bond yields touching the 1.5% level. The equity slump is based on renewed concerns that expectations of rising inflation and the inevitable response from the Federal Reserve—despite its promises to the contrary—of raising interest rates to stop the economy from overheating, would topple the stock market. 

Concerns of a stock market dive is justified, given that higher yields would siphon away investment from stocks to Treasuries as well as exposing many investors who have, for a long period of time, ignored the real cost of artificially elevated stock prices in a near-zero interest rate environment.

A fall in the price of gold spurred a selloff in mining stocks, which weighed on the STOXX 600 Index, causing the first decline for the pan-European gauge in four sessions.

This morning, Asian stocks tracked Wednesday's tech-led selloff on Wall Street. Real estate, finance and energy sectors gained, showing that underneath the market chatter and amid a broad market selloff, stock selectors still believe in the reflation trade as they are recommitting their funds to those industries with the most to gain.

Stocks listed on the Shanghai Exchange and on Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped more than 2%, as did Japan’s Nikkei 225.

All four major US indices were down in Wednesday’s trading. The NASDAQ Composite took the brunt of the selloff, losing 2.7%, while the S&P 500, in second place, fell 1.3%, less than half the fall of the tech-heavy index.

Excluding the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell just 0.4%—as it tends to perform well amid panics due to its long-time reputation of blue-chip stability—the other side of the spectrum was the small cap Russell 2000, which fell just 0.8%, less than a third of those on the opposite end of the cyclical rotation, technology shares.

The fact that American domestic firms are consistently outperforming technology stocks—whose time to shine was during the coronavirus lockdowns—suggests that there is another layer to the headlines that rising yields will increase inflation.

Yields, including on the 10-year Treasury note, have been slumbering since the 2008 crash, despite almost every conceivable effort by both fiscal and monetary policy. More savvy investors are keeping their money, or at least some of it, in the market and are targeting the sectors they believe will do well, despite—or rather because of—inflation.

To clarify, that does not necessarily mean that those betting on reflation are correct, and even if they are, it doesn’t mean that stocks won’t undergo a correction before they rise.

Market timing is the most elusive of investing skills, and these investors might be value holders, who are simply positioning themselves for what they believe will be a higher market supported by an economic recovery, at whatever point it may happen.

10-year Treasuries Daily
10-year Treasuries Daily

The ease in yields may be developing a pennant, a continuation pattern, suggesting that the ever-rising uptrend will continue. This expectation reflects the view that Treasury traders who bought additional issues, may take profits, selling them, and thus pushing yields higher still.

The dollar rose for the second day, retesting the 100 DMA, as it attempts to overcome the resistance of Tuesday’s highs. This is before it seals the breakout by taking on the February high, and completes the falling wedge since the March high, as it establishes a new uptrend.

Gold fell for the seventh out of eight days, although it is still within the price range of the last few sessions. It seems to have come upon an apparent support level, where considerable trading has taken place between February and June.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

Also, the price reached the bottom of its falling channel, where buyers have pushed back sellers, to the range top. Finally, the price is also nearing the uptrend line from the May 2019 low.

Bitcoin was struggling to remain above $49,000.

Oil fell back below $62 a barrel, with traders focusing on the critical OPEC+ meeting. At the same time they're tracking events in the Middle East after Houthi rebels said they hit a Saudi Aramco (SE:2222) site with a missile. The OPEC+ decision may see supply curbs rolled back. 

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

WTI may be developing a small H&S top, confirmed with a bearish MACD cross and an RSI Negative divergence.

Up Ahead

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index was up 0.25% at 91.18.
  • The euro fell 0.1% to $1.2052.
  • The British pound was little changed at $1.3955.
  • The onshore yuan was little changed at 6.468 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 107.20 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell three basis points to 1.45%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries decreased less than one basis point to 0.14%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield fell three basis points to -0.31%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield declined two basis points to 0.755%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield rose one basis point to 0.132%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.7% to $61.69 a barrel.
  • Brent crude gained 0.7% to $64.55 a barrel.
  • Gold strengthened 0.4% to $1,717.78 an ounce.
Opening Bell: Global Equity Market Selloff Continues; Oil Heading Lower
 

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Ajay Uppal
Ajay Uppal Mar 05, 2021 12:54PM ET
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FED has printed Dollars and created extra supply. US can not service this Debt and would head for recession leading to Mkt Bubble burst and failures of investment banks..
Jeff Chui
Jeff Chui Mar 05, 2021 7:08AM ET
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Yes oil is very low....
Pinchas Cohen
Pinchas Cohen Mar 05, 2021 7:08AM ET
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Read and comprehend before you comment
rick robert
rick robert Mar 05, 2021 2:17AM ET
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oil depend on dollar change
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey Mar 04, 2021 1:30PM ET
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Half right. Granted OPEC pulled a headfake on us all.
Andre Benoit
Andre Benoit Mar 04, 2021 11:46AM ET
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Nice call on oil.... NOT
Pinchas Cohen
Pinchas Cohen Mar 04, 2021 11:46AM ET
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Thanks...NOT, and you shouldn't be trading.
Raul Meka
Raul Meka Mar 04, 2021 10:18AM ET
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this mean bond going down ?
Pinchas Cohen
Pinchas Cohen Mar 04, 2021 10:18AM ET
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Yields rise as a functoin of bonds going down. The lower their price, the greater the difference between their price and the issue's fixed yield, pushing the inteirm yield (before experitation) higher.
Javier Escamilla
Javier Escamilla Mar 04, 2021 8:33AM ET
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Your opinion on LYV if you dont mind taking a look at it. Thanks in advance
Pinchas Cohen
Pinchas Cohen Mar 04, 2021 8:33AM ET
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Needs to close above 95 to assert the uptrend.
Nate Johnson
Nate Johnson Mar 04, 2021 8:19AM ET
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Hey isn't Powell speaking at 12:05 EST?
Michele Spell
Michele Spell Mar 04, 2021 8:19AM ET
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yes
Ron Love
Ron Love Mar 04, 2021 7:52AM ET
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I think people are fools for buying treasuries when the central banks and governments are dead set in devaluing their currencies.
 
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