Morning Brew February 4 2022
Senior Relationship Manager
Summary: ECB starts a paradigm shift - Stocks jump on earnings, Facebook suffers the largest loss ever
Next week I will be on the slopes, trade carefully and be safe in this volatile time.
Christine Lagarde was much more hawkish than I had expected, driving yields higher and giving strength to the EUR. Lagarde acknowledged that inflation was higher than desired and did not state that rate hikes in 2022 were extremely unlikely. This means that the so called most dovish central bank is looking at tightening and will mean much more interesting FX markets as interest rate differentials are likely to reappear as a driver. The Bank of England considered hiking by 50 bps rather than the 25 expected. EURUSD rose to 1.14160 and GBPUSD to 1.3580 and the USD Index falls to 95.2. EURCHF rose above 1.0550 again.
From now it is worth taking note of EU data again, the general assumption that the ECB will not take action may not hold anymore.
The Stock market also continues it`s volatility. Facebooks Meta suffered the biggest loss in market cap ever recorded, the stock price fell by 26% and eliminated 200 billion USD in market cap. While tech overall and Social Media companies in particular were dragged along Twitter -5% and Snapchat -23%, Snapchat had a spectacular rebound after the bell up more than 50%.
Amazon fell 7% during normal trading but gained 17 in the after market on good results.
Overall Futures fell Dow 1.45%, S&P 2.44%, Nasdaq 3.74%, this morning, a bit more than half of the losses have been recovered.
Today we are expecting the Nonfarm Payroll at 14:30 as the key event, with an expectation of 150k added jobs but it seems that after the low ADP number on Wednesday, a lower number is not unlikely.
Next week it thin in terms of economic data, key is likely to be the US CPI on Thursday – after the webinar with Steen.
Friday: Germany Industrial Orders, EU retail sales, US Nonfarm Payroll
Friday:: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sano FP