Breaking News
0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Rebound After Yellen Clarification; Oil Surges

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewMay 05, 2021 08:31AM ET
www.investing.com/analysis/opening-bell-us-futures-rebound-after-yellen-clarification-oil-surges-200577610
Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Rebound After Yellen Clarification; Oil Surges
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  May 05, 2021 08:31AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
  • Markets selloff, then rebound after Yellen clarifies
  • Commodities continue accelerating
  • Bitcoin recovers slightly

Key Events

Futures on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 are rebounding on Wednesday following yesterday's Wall Street session selloff. Investors have refocused on the economic recovery, ignoring inflationary concerns which were heightened by comments from US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen early Tuesday.

As the rally in commodities continues, so too does the recovery in the price of oil.

Global Financial Affairs

The rapid shift in investor sentiment from worries that an interest rate hike was likely in the cards to expectations of a sustained economic recovery are difficult to take seriously, as we have been witnessing this flip-flop for some time now, sometimes occurring even within a 24 hour period.

How many times will the market change its mind? The argument swings from the belief that rising inflation will chip away at economic growth to the opposing view, that insatiable demand for products and services will absorb rising prices and support economic growth.

For once, perhaps the confusion is legitimate. Yellen, who also happens to be a former Federal Reserve Chair, surprised the market on Tuesday when she said that the Fed may use higher interest rates to deal with rising inflation, should it materialize. The comments manifested in a sharp selloff.

Yellen later backtracked, saying that she was neither recommending nor predicting rate hikes, and this seemed to seep into the market’s collective consciousness.

All we can do is continue to monitor the forces of supply and demand and attempt to maintain our bearings in an ever-changing landscape.

Ahead of today's US session open, all four contracts on US major indices were at least a quarter-percent in the green at the time of writing, with futures for mega tech and small caps leading.

In Europe, miners and travel shares—obvious beneficiaries of the reflation trade—pulled the STOXX 600 to a higher open, +0.8%, but the pan-European index fell into the red soon afterward.

Shares of Hugo Boss (DE:BOSSn) surged 3.9% after the luxury clothing retailer reported sales that beat expectations. Even though sales have actually dropped dramatically since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the firm argued that its profits have been in an upward trajectory.

Hugo Boss Daily
Hugo Boss Daily

The stock is advancing for the seventh straight month, for the first time since 2009 and for the third time since the company went public in 2003. While the price crossed over the downtrend line since the 2019 peak, it now must contend with the downtrend since the 2015 all-time high.

Earlier today, most Asian stocks ended lower, though they’ve pared gains after Yellen’s back-pedal. Also, the region’s economic recovery attracted net buyers for the first time this year.

Volatility picked up a notch, with the mega cap tech companies—which have milked the most out of valuations as the world has had to rely more on technology during the worst global pandemic in 100 years—declined. We can see yesterday’s wild ride on the VIX, the so-called “fear gauge.”

VIX Daily
VIX Daily

As traders bet on increased volatility, the VIX shot towards 22.00 for the first time since March. However, Yellen’s second message seemed calm the markets, pushing the gauge back below its resistance since August. However, the VIX has been tightly ranging with an upward bias in the shape of a rising flag. Should this trading follow the same dynamics of any other freely traded security, a downside breakout may suggest a further decline.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note rebounded today after whipsawing wildly on Tuesday, and closing lower. The dollar climbed for the second day, past 91.40, for the first time since mid-April.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

A further rise would complete a small H&S bottom, confirming the short-term (red) uptrend line since Jan. 6. This may signal the end of the decline that followed the rising wedge, as the potential follow-through of a bottom following the falling wedge since the 2020 peak.

Gold edged lower for the second day.

Bitcoin traded higher, but we still expect it to fall.

Bitcoin Daily
Bitcoin Daily

If the falling wedge retains its resistance, the digital currency will have completed a H&S top, whose downside target is considerably below the wedge’s fall toward the low $40,000s; rather, it would be aiming toward the low $30,000s.

The reflation trade pushed commodities to decade highs. Oil topped $66 a barrel for the first time since March of this year.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

After blowing out a potential H&S top and a bearish pennant, WTI is now testing the Mar. 8 intraday highs, leaving a potential for a double top.

Indicators show that there’s plenty of room for a further climb and are providing bullish signals.

Up Ahead

  • US ADP employment figures due today at 8.15am ET.
  • Chicago Fed President Charles Evans gives a virtual speech at an event hosted by Bard College and Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester gives a virtual speech to the Boston Economic Club later today.
  • The Bank of England announces its rate decision on Thursday.
  • The April US employment report is released on Friday.

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index rose 0.1%.
  • The euro sank 0.2% to $1.1992.
  • The British pound was little changed at $1.3891.
  • The onshore yuan was little changed at 6.475 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 109.41 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose less than one basis point to 1.60%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries rose less than one basis point to 0.16%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield rose one basis point to -0.23%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield jumped one basis point to 0.809%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield was unchanged at 0.097%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.6% to $66.07 a barrel.
  • Brent crude gained 0.6% to $69.30 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 0.1% to $1,777.55 an ounce.
Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Rebound After Yellen Clarification; Oil Surges
 

Related Articles

Antonio Ferlito
Weekly Market Update   By Antonio Ferlito - Jun 23, 2021 2

In this latest weekly sequence, Asia continues to lag. The Nikkei was stable for the second week in a row, the Hang Seng lost 0.3% and the Shanghai Composite 1.8%.In Europe, the...

Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Rebound After Yellen Clarification; Oil Surges

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind: 

  • Enrich the conversation
  • Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed.
  • Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically.
  •  Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and links within a comment will be removed
  • Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user.
  • Don’t Monopolize the Conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (2)
Ramesh Shah
Ramesh Shah May 05, 2021 3:27PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Yellen is well psst Sell by Date...?? Only my view.
Amine Fourali
Amine Fourali May 05, 2021 8:27AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Yellen forced by the bankesters to backtrack
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email