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Opening Bell: New Russia Attacks, Inflation Weigh On Stocks, Futures; Yen Slides

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewApr 19, 2022 07:25AM ET
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Opening Bell: New Russia Attacks, Inflation Weigh On Stocks, Futures; Yen Slides
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Apr 19, 2022 07:25AM ET
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  • Yen sees longest losing streak in 50 years
  • Energy prices dent Travel & Leisure sector
  • Oil slips

Key Events

Fresh comments from members of the U.S. Federal Reserve Open Market Committee have heightened the prospect of a faster path to higher U.S. interest rates and at the same time, sent European shares and U.S. futures on the Dow Jones, S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 lower on Tuesday.

Russia's newest military offensive in Ukraine is adding to the negative sentiment on equities.

Gold prices have slumped despite the ongoing uncertainty.

Global Financial Affairs

After most underlying gauges declined slightly on Monday, all four US contracts began the day in the green, but have since all reversed lower.

In Europe, the travel and leisure sector slipped, sending the STOXX 600 down. The sector faces two headwinds: ongoing worries about the coronavirus, as European destinations are considered high risk by the CDC, and spiking energy prices. Conversely, the energy sector was in positive territory, tracking strong gains in the price of oil.

Although Brent prices slipped, the European benchmark has posted its longest winning streak since January 2018, rallying for five consecutive months.

Brent Daily
Brent Daily

The price blew out a bearish Descending Triangle, rendering the move bullish.

Earlier today, trading in Asia was mixed amid mounting concerns over a potential recession. Continuously rising inflation in the region is adding to the woes of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng tumbled 2.3% on concerns about a continued regulatory crackdown on the technology sector. On Friday, the Chinese Cyberspace Administration announced it is starting a two-month “clean-up” inspection of the live-streaming and short video sectors to crack down on illegal behaviors.

In addition, analysts have pointed out that the Chinese property sector is unlikely to return to the strong growth posted previously, in the aftermath of the government's recent shakeup of the sector.

South Korea's KOSPI jumped nearly 1%, ending a two-day decline on a buying spree in chipmakers following a recent dip. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% as the yen extended its most prolonged fall in at least half a century, amid a widening gap between U.S. and Japanese interest rates.

USD/JPY Monthly
USD/JPY Monthly

Having completed a bottom in 1987, the US dollar rally has strengthened against the yen. A weak yen boosts Japanese exports, which are essential to the country's economic growth.

In China the CSI 300 slipped 0.76% as ongoing harsh pandemic restrictions continue there in an attempt to stamp out the recent surge in COVID cases.

U.S. stocks ended flat amid thin trading on Monday, though shares of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) surged 2.4% following its earnings beat.

BAC Daily
BAC Daily

However, we're bearish on the stock from a technical perspective after it posted another low, cementing a downtrend after the 50 DMA crossed below the 200 DMA, triggering a Death Cross.

Treasury yields on the 10-year note extended an advance to within a hair of 2.9% on ongoing global inflation concerns.

10-Year Vs. 2-Year Daily
10-Year Vs. 2-Year Daily

The rally eased a flattening yield spread.

The dollar wavered.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

The greenback has been trading up and down in recent days as bulls struggled against a return move to the range that confirmed the H&S Continuation pattern. The RSI appears to have found resistance below the 70 levels.

Gold pulled back despite the weaker dollar.

Bitcoin moved slightly higher.

Bitcoin Daily
Bitcoin Daily

The cryptocurrency tested a bearish pennant within its rising channel that challenges an H&S top.

Oil fell, ending a four-day winning streak.

Up Ahead

  • US crude oil inventories are reported on Wednesday.
  • Also on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Beige Book is published.
  • San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly is due to speak on Wednesday as well.

Market Moves

Stocks

  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.4%
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 0.4%

Currencies

Bonds

  • Germany's 10-year yield advanced to 0.929%
  • Britain's 10-year yield rose to 1.9975%

Commodities

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Sr Ma
Sr Ma Apr 20, 2022 4:21PM ET
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Go Russia, go! Death to American-funded Nazis!
Richard Lomax
Richard Lomax Apr 19, 2022 8:12AM ET
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Highest level of reporting...keep it up as markets will go down in the long term ?
Pinchas Cohen
Pinchas Cohen Apr 19, 2022 8:12AM ET
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Thanks Richard. I think so.
Mr Anderson
Mr Anderson Apr 19, 2022 7:55AM ET
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"for the kids"
Tims Mopheme
Tims Mopheme Apr 19, 2022 6:49AM ET
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You wont stop russia, fake news were pro tiny ukraine against the greatest military hyperpower nation in the world
Richard Lomax
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Russia "greatest military hyperpower nation" could not even keep supply lines open when they were in Afghanistan.My conscript friend from Lithuania was forced to try and trade bullets for food with the Taliban and he and his commanding officer narrowly escaped, running for their lives down a mountain when knives were pulled during negotiations. Get a life, Tims.
 
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