Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 25, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 25, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 25, 2024

Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 25, 2024

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Key points:

  • Equities: Stocks lower, dragged by semiconductor giants
  • FX: USD gave up all of last week’s gains
  • Commodities: Oil climbing as summer driving season reaches peak
  • Fixed income: Flat trading as traders anticipate data and Fed comments
  • Economic data: US consumer confidence, Canada CPI

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  QT 25 Jun

Disclaimer: Past performance does not indicate future performance.

In the news:

  • Stock Market Today: Dow closes at a one-month high as tech stocks lag (Investing)
  • Nvidia stock sinks another 6.7%, shedding over $400B in market cap over 3-day slide (Investing)
  • Stocks mixed, yen in focus after flirting with key level (Investing)
  • How Lilly is joining Novo in the crusade to circumvent Medicare's block on weight loss drugs (Yahoo)
  • Stock Market News for Monday, June 24, 2024: Dow Is Rising (Barron’s)

Macro:

  • Germany’s IFO index showed that business outlook worsened for the first time in five months, signaling that the gradual recovery in Europe may be facing headwinds. The current assessment index was unchanged at 88.3, although beneath expectations, while expectations index slipped to 89.0 from 90.3 in May. Overall business climate index was softer at 88.6 from 89.3 in May.
  • Fed speakers remained data-dependent, emphasizing that more work needs to be done on inflation. Mester said that the Fed should keep an open mind to active mortgage bond sales as part of its effort to reduce the size of its balance sheet. Mary Daly said that pre-emptive cutting is something you do when you see risks, but right now the labour market is good.

Macro events: Japanese Services PPI (May), Canada CPI (May), US Consumer Confidence (Jun)

Earnings: Carnival, TD Synnex, Airship, FedEx, Progress

Equities: Stocks ended lower last night after a week of record highs driven by large cap tech stocks. Semiconductor giants like NVDA, AVGO, and ARM have been falling for the third straight day, impacting indices. Despite this, NYSE breadth was positive, with most sectors higher, particularly energy and financials, which are at a one-month high. Banks climbed after regulators announced the results of the annual stress test. Upcoming potential catalysts including the Fed bank stress tests, Q1-final GDP data, the Trump/Biden Presidential debate, and PCE/core PCE inflation data. Energy stocks were the market leaders, while technology stocks saw profit taking after reaching record highs last week.

Fixed income: US 10-year Treasury note remained stable at around 4.26% as the last week of June began. Traders are anticipating key PCE inflation data and comments from several Fed officials to gauge the monetary policy outlook. The upcoming presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is also drawing attention. Economic data from last week showed mixed results, with faster manufacturing and services activity growth but elevated initial unemployment claims and disappointing retail sales, housing starts, and building permits. The likelihood of a 25bps Fed rate cut by September is currently at 66%, and traders are still expecting two interest rate cuts this year.

Commodities: Gold prices increased by $13.20, or 0.57%, to reach $2,344.40 per ounce, as the dollar index (DXY) retreated after five consecutive weeks of gains, dropping by 0.3% to 105.55. In the energy market, Brent Crude futures settled at $86.01 per barrel, marking a 0.9% increase of 77 cents, while WTI crude oil settled at $81.63 per barrel, rising by $0.90, or 1.11%. This rise reflects the ongoing upward trend in energy prices as the summer driving season reaches its peak.

FX: The dollar slipped lower at the start of a new week, erasing last week’s gains likely due to month-end/quarter-end selling as portfolios are rebalanced. EURUSD gained strength despite the weakness in German Ifo and climbed to 1.0740. ECB's Villeroy attempted to alleviate some of the growing fears of the French snap election, saying the French Bank's liquidity and capital are very solid and neither have been affected by market moves due to political uncertainty. GBPUSD also rose towards 1.27 but could not break above that level. Intervention threat in the Japanese yen continued to unnerve investors, and a sharp drop in USDJPY to 158.80 was seen before NY open, but this was erased swiftly and pair continued to trade above 159.60. USDCAD was lower at 1.3660 ahead of Canada’s inflation release today

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