Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 3, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 3, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 3, 2024

Global Market Quick Take: Asia – June 3, 2024

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Key points:

  • Equities: US stocks surged in the last 1 hour of trading but still down for the week.
  • FX: Yen underperforms despite soft dollar
  • Commodities: OPEC+ plans to restore production
  • Fixed income: September rate cut remains intact
  • Economic data: US ISM Manufacturing PMI

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QT 3 June

Disclaimer: Past performance does not indicate future performance.

Equities: U.S. stocks saw a significant surge in the last 1 hour of trading, finishing the week near their day highs. Despite this late surge, S&P 500 still ended the week lower but still made considerable gains for the month of May, gaining 4.8%. Despite the strong reversal, signs of vulnerability emerged within the large cap tech sphere during the week, underscored by Dell Technologies' sharp 20% decline post a bleak margin forecast and an earnings guidance miss, impacting sentiment across related segments including PC manufacturers and data center AI contenders. The software industry faced its own set of challenges with Salesforce's guidance cut causing a widespread pullback across the industry. The SOX Index managed to recover from a short-lived downturn, showing that investors remained optimistic despite the unpredictable changes during the week. Last Friday’s April PCE inflation data came in at 2.7% yoy in line with expectations and remained unchanged from the previous month, leading to a decline in 10-year Treasury yields below 4.5%. Meanwhile, the Chicago PMI, indicating the manufacturing sector's health, dropped to its lowest since May 2020 at 35.4, below estimates of 41.1. Following last week's focus on inflation, this week shifts to employment, with anticipated updates on JOLTS job openings Tuesday, private ADP job growth Wednesday and the May NFP report on Friday.

FX: The US dollar ended the week again in minor decline, with CHF leading the G10 pack higher and JPY underperformed. USDJPY trades back above 157.20 this morning as buying interest continues below 157 amid carry interest despite intervention threat as we noted here. Election outcomes in India and Mexico could signal policy continuity, and further fuel interest in carry trading strategies, pressuring funding currencies such as Yen. EUR is heavily in focus this week with ECB expected the start cutting rates, but Eurozone inflation came in higher-than-expected for May at 2.6% YoY and may mean that the ECB will have to take a data-dependent approach post this week’s rate cut. EURUSD trades around 1.0850 with immediate resistance at 1.0880 and a series of supports near 1.08 and just below that. For more on our ECB preview and impact on bonds and EUR, read this article. GBPUSD was neutral last week as equity sentiment was weak, but pair trades above 1.2740. USDCAD also in focus as it approaches 1.36 despite oil prices taking a hit after OPEC meeting, and BOC meets this Wednesday.

Commodities: Oil prices continued to decline after OPEC+ announced a plan to gradually restore some suspended production starting in October. Despite concerns about demand and strong supply from outside the group, production cuts will remain in place for the third quarter and then be phased out over the next 12 months, according to the Saudi Energy Ministry. Meanwhile, gold dropped by 0.67% to $2,337 and silver fell by 2.45% to $30.41, despite a decrease in the dollar and Treasury yields. Despite the weekly decline, gold managed to achieve its fourth consecutive monthly gain, rising by 1.8%. The top commodity loser was Arabica coffee futures, which tumbled by 5.5%.

Fixed income: U.S. Treasury securities advanced on Friday, contributing to their monthly advance, following the release of encouraging inflation figures that sustained forecasts of a potential Federal Reserve interest rate reduction within the year.

April's data indicated that the central bank's favored inflation gauge remained unchanged at an annual rate of 2.7%. Yields on government bonds, spanning various maturities, receded by a minimum of five basis points, touching the week's nadir, as market participants modestly increased their bets on a Federal Reserve rate cut of 25 basis points, possibly by September. Both two-year and five-year Treasury yields dipped to the day's lowest points in late New York trading, propelled by month-end purchasing that bolstered the bond market.

Yields on two-year Treasury notes declined to sub-4.87%, marking the lowest point in over a week. Earlier last week, yields on these shorter-term securities neared the 5% threshold, driven by waning anticipation of Fed rate reductions that had previously dampened demand for newly issued notes and bonds. On Friday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped below 4.5%, retreating from its weekly high which had surpassed 4.63%.

Macro:

  • US PCE, the Fed’s preferred inflation metric, sent a dovish signal to markets. We had previously highlighted the asymmetric risks going into the release, and in-line prints were a relief for markets waiting for more signals on the Fed’s first rate cut. Headline PCE rose 2.7% YoY and 0.3% MoM, same as expected and prior. But core PCE cooled to 0.2% MoM from 0.3% previously while remaining unchanged on a YoY basis at 2.8%. Personal spending was weaker-than-expected at 0.2% MoM in April and March print was also revised lower to 0.7% from 0.8% earlier. The market currently expects 60% odds of a September rate cut, and further signs of inflation cooling could increase this further. The Fed starts a quiet period this week ahead of the meeting next week.
  • Eurozone inflation for May surprised to the upside, coming in at 2.6% YoY from 2.4% prior and 2.5% expected. Core inflation jumped higher to 2.9% YoY, suggesting that the narrative at the ECB meeting this week may be more neutral despite the well-telegraphed rate cut likely to be seen.
  • OPEC+ meeting over the weekend ended with a decision to extend its oil production cuts well into 2025, while also setting a timeline for gradually winding down some of those curbs later this year. The OPEC+ agreement prolongs roughly 2 million barrels a day of cuts, which have played a key role in supporting crude prices above $80 a barrel this year but were set to expire at the end of June. The curbs will continue in full in the third quarter then be gradually phased out over the following 12 months, according to a statement from the Saudi Energy Ministry. The UAE received an upward adjustment to 300k to its baseline which is now 3.5 million bpd.

Macro events: China Final Caixin Manufacturing PMI (May), EZ/UK/US Final Manufacturing PMIs (May), US ISM Manufacturing PMI (May)

Earnings: SAIC, GitLab, HealthEquity, Bark, Lavoro

News:

  • India Stocks, Bonds Set to Gain as Polls Show Landslide Modi Win (Bloomberg)
  • Nvidia Announces Next-Generation Rubin AI Platform for 2026 (Bloomberg)
  • US futures muted as markets digest in-line inflation, rate cut bets (Investing)
  • 10-year Treasury yield hovers near 4.5% after inflation data roughly matches expectations (CNBC)
  • Japan confirms first currency intervention since 2022 with $62 billion in spending (CNBC)
  • Dow has best daily gain for year; indexes up sharply for May (CNBC)
  • European stocks close higher as investors digest euro zone inflation; up 2.3% for the month (CNBC)
  • RBA seen as the only other major central bank at risk of hiking (BT)

 

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