Morning Brew February 21 2022
Senior Relationship Manager
Summary: Risk On Sentiment after Ukraine Summit Proposal
Please remember that today is a US Market holiday.
Biden and Putin have agreed on a summit on Ukraine, raising hopes of a peaceful resolution, index futures gain, oil and precious metals retreat. The Dax Future is indicated 1% higher, the US Indexes as well. Emmanuel Macron had pitched a summit to Biden and Putin on the "security and strategic stability in Europe." The White House said in a statement that Biden had accepted the meeting "in principle" but only "if an invasion hasn't happened." (Reuters)
Gold and Silver fall to 1888 and 23.70, EURUSD rises to 1.1370 and GBPUSD to 1.3630. Bitcoin remains under pressure just below 40k.
Credit Suisse is under pressure after newspapers report illegal accounts at the bank. Currently shares are indicated app 2% lower.
Credit Suisse Analyst Zoltan Pozsar made Headlines with a note calling for the Fed to cause a crash of asset prices to halt inflation: Maybe the Fed should hike 50 bps in March, put an end to press conferences, and sell $50 billion of 10-year notes the next day… Maybe FOMC members talk too much. They don’t keep the market guessing. They suppress volatility… the capitalist market response to low interest rates and QE through sky-high equity valuations, house prices, and the rise of Bitcoin probably does the same: if the young feeling Bitcoin-rich are less inclined to work and the old feeling mass affluent are eager to retire early, labor force participation drops to the detriment of real growth prospects.
About almost 80% of the S&P 500 companies that have already reported this season have exceeded expectations.
It will be interesting what will drive the markets this week, if Ukraine fears tune down, Inflation and monetary policy should gain traction again, also reopenings from corona restrictions can be significant.
Key Events this Week:
Monday: International PMIs
Tuesday: German IFO, US PMI
Wednesday: EU HICP
Thursday: US GDP New Home Sales
Friday: German GDP, EU Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods Orders
Tuesday: HSBC, Home Depot
Wednesday: Rio Tinto, Iberdrola, Stellantis
Thursday: Safran, Anheuser Bush Inbev, Axa, Deutsche Telekom, Royal Bank of Canada. Alibaba, Moderna, Newmont Mining
Saturday: Berkershire Hathaway.
Latest Market Insights
Q4 Outlook 2022: Winter is coming
- Winter is coming to the financial markets as central banks are tightening their grip. How spring will look is still a question.
European energy crisis: it will get worse before it gets betterThe winter in Europe will be tough, but whether the result is political chaos or sustainable, innovative solutions is still undecided.
A difficult and volatile quarter awaitsAs the year draws to an end, commodities continue to be at centre stage of the world with growth pockets political uncertainty.
The bright side: crises drive innovationThe positive spin on crises is that they come with solutions. It is worrisome that deglobalisation may be a response to this crisis.
Green transformation in China: renewable energy and beyondGoing green, China needs to span numerous energy sources to ensure stability, as every source comes with a challenge.
Asia: Intermittent solutions, but a faster renewable adoption curveAsian energy supply is being squeezed. This and the adoption of renewables may change the investment sentiment in the region.
FX: A Fed thaw needed to deliver a sustained USD turn lowerThe US Dollar can keep momentum when the Federal Reserve continues to tighten, leaving the rest to play to their drum.
Autumn can become ugly for equities and bond holders. Comfort for Dollar longsTechnical analysis suggests that equities could face a tough Q4 as could fixed income. US Dollar positions could provide some upside.
The next stock market sector to watch, with stocks going nuclearAs the world scrambles to find affordable, sustainable energy, nuclear is getting attention from politicians and investors alike.
The crypto space is getting cold when the hype disappearsCryptocurrencies face a winter of their own as retail investors and governments are asking tough questions.