Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 5, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 5, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 5, 2024

Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 5, 2024

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Key points:

  • Equities: US stocks slightly up
  • FX: Haven currencies JPY and CHF outperform
  • Commodities: Commodities prices declined
  • Fixed income: US 10 year yield falls for fourth day
  • Economic data: US ISM services, Bank of Canada decision, Australia Q1 GDP

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QT 5 Jun

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Equities: Amidst a backdrop of economic uncertainty, U.S. stocks traded with some intraday volatility, initially selling off due to a drop in job openings to three-year lows, signaling deceleration in the labor sector. The market managed to pare these losses as the day progressed, rallying sharply in the late afternoon, mirroring the prior session’s pattern. Surprisingly, equity markets did not react much to a significant two-day decline in Treasury yields, with the 10-year yield falling by approximately 20 basis points to 4.3%. Market expectation for an interest rate cut in September have risen to about 65%, up from less than 50% last week, following a report indicating a weakening manufacturing sector. For the second consecutive day, oil firms led the declines in the S&P, with oil prices falling to their lowest point in four months to $73.25  and negatively affecting the stock values of companies like Exxon, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips. Meanwhile, the Russell 2000 Index which represents smaller companies fell over 1%.

FX: The US dollar traded mixed on Tuesday, gaining some strength initially but reversing back lower after the soft JOLTS data. Lower yields saw haven currencies outperform. USDJPY slid below 155 with reports of BOJ considering tapering its bond buying at the June meeting next week. Pair however rose back above 155 this morning even as Japan’s labor cash earnings came in higher than expected at 2.1% YoY suggesting wage pressures may be picking up. USDCHF down to 0.89 and EURCHF has slid below 0.97 even as Swiss core CPI came in unchanged as against expectations of a slight pickup suggesting SNB’s June 20 meeting options remain open. AUDUSD around 0.6650 very much in focus with Q1 GDP out today expected to show a stark softness. EURUSD back below 1.09 and GBP below 1.28, but not too far from these key levels.

Commodities: Oil prices continued to decline as concerns about increased supply and weak U.S. economic data unsettled traders. Silver prices fell below $30 per ounce from an 11-year high of $32 due to evaluations of interest rate policies by major central banks and the impact of US tariffs on Chinese imports of solar cells. Strong domestic demand in China and anticipated interest rate cuts by major central banks limited the decline. Copper futures fell due to low demand, particularly from China, and ample supply. Prices remained 15% higher year-to-date, driven by expectations of potential shortages and the metal's role in electrification and infrastructure projects. Natural gas prices fell after an outage at a Norwegian offshore platform disrupted gas exports to the UK. The outage, which has been extended by two days, caused a 4% surge in gas prices in Europe and a 5% rise in the UK.

Fixed income: Bond market sentiment is shifting toward a dovish stance, with investors increasingly betting on the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates sooner, as evidenced by a robust Treasury rally. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note has dropped sharply, falling over 30 basis points in just a few sessions, reaching depths not plumbed since mid-May, amid signs that inflation may be stabilizing and economic indicators like manufacturing and consumer spending are weakening. The pullback in yields deepened following a surprising decline in U.S. job vacancies, with the 10-year yield sinking as low as 4.31% today. This downward trend in yields has led to a significant technical milestone, with the 10-year closing beneath its 200-day moving average for the first time in several weeks.

In Japan, the 10-year bond yield edged down by 2 basis points, and JGB futures climbed 21 ticks to 143.37, buoyed by robust demand at the latest 10-year debt auction—a marked improvement from the prior offering. Meanwhile, in Australia, the yield on 10-year government bonds decreased by 6 basis points, paralleled by a 7 basis point drop in the yield of New Zealand's equivalent maturity bonds.

Macro:

  • US jobs data also showed further signs of softening labor market. Headline job openings slowed to 8.059 million in April (vs. an expected 8.35mln), coming in below expectations of 8.350 million and the lowest level since February 2021. March job openings was also revised lower to 8.355 million from 8.488 million earlier. The quits rate was unchanged at 2.2% after revisions to the prior data. 3M job openings change is now down to -689k in April, while the job openings/unemployed person have cooled to 1.24 from a peak of 2+ in March 2022. More labor data is in focus this week, with ADP out today, claims on Thursday and NFP on Friday. ISM services PMI will also be key today after a sharp market reaction to the manufacturing PMI on Monday.
  • BOC preview: The Bank of Canada is expected to cut rates by 25bps at its June 5th meeting, taking its key rate to 4.75%. Markets have priced in 80% probability of a rate cut today, with inflation back in target range of 1-3% and growth risks magnifying. The big test will be whether the BOC is ready to diverge from the Fed, and comments from Gov Macklem will be on watch.

Macro events: BoC Announcement, Australia Real GDP (Q1), China Final Caixin Services & Composite PMI (May), EZ/UK/US Final Services & Composite PMIs (May), US ADP National Employment (May), ISM Services PMI (May)

Earnings: Dollar Tree, Ollie’s, UNFI, Hibbett, Land’s End, Campbell’s, Thor, Douyu.com, Global Blue, REV, Lululemon, Chargepoint, Victoria’s Secret, Five Below, Greif, SemTech, Sprinklr, Couchbase, Smartsheet, ReNew

News:

  • Stock Market Today: Dow closes higher as slump in job openings fuel rate-cut hopes (Investing)
  • US oil futures slip after surprise API build (Investing)
  • Japan real wages down 25th straight month in April, government says (Investing)
  • Exclusive-Chinese AI chip firms downgrading designs to secure TSMC production, sources say (Yahoo)
  •  Bonds Rally as Traders Reload Fed Bets After Data: Markets Wrap (Bloomberg)
  • GameStop Stock Soared. Roaring Kitty Showed His Stake (Barron’s)
  • India stocks tumble 5% to lead Asia markets lower (CNBC)

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