Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 30, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 30, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 30, 2024

Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 30, 2024

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Key points:

  • Equities: US equities tumble to two-week low
  • FX: US dollar bounced higher as Fed’s high-for-longer message continues
  • Commodities: Commodity prices fell
  • Fixed income: Treasury yields increase, 7-year auction weaker
  • Economic data: US GDP, Fed’s Williams

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30 QT

Equities: Asian stocks are set to decline on Thursday following a drop in US bonds and shares, driven by another underwhelming Treasury sale. Futures for equity benchmarks in Sydney, Tokyo, and Hong Kong all point to lower market openings. US share contracts also slipped in early Asian trading, with the S&P 500 closing near session lows, falling below 5,300, and the Nasdaq 100 experiencing its worst day since May 1. US stocks slid to a two-week low on Wednesday, ending a two-day winning streak. Salesforce Inc. witnessed a decline in its shares during extended trading after the software giant's current quarter outlook missed estimates. HP Inc. reported revenue that exceeded expectations, including the first increase in PC sales in two years. Additionally, BHP Group withdrew its bid for Anglo American Plc. In individual stock news, ConocoPhillips agreed to acquire smaller rival Marathon Oil Corp. At about $17b, continuing the oil industry’s trend of major deals. American Airlines Group Inc. shares plunged after the carrier reduced profit and revenue expectations, citing misjudgment of domestic demand leading into the crucial summer travel season.

FX: Risk aversion and higher Treasury yields pushed the dollar higher, with other G10 currencies all in the red. AUDUSD plunged to test the 0.66 handle despite a higher-than-expected inflation suggesting rate cuts from the RBA could be delayed. NZDUSD also down to 0.6110, reversing all of this week’s gains. EURUSD is testing the critical 1.08 level, as likely ECB rate cut draws closer, but EURGBP held up at the 0.85 support once again, a level that has held up since H2 2022. GBPUSD also below 1.27 with stronger dollar and a weaker equity sentiment. USDJPY rose to highs of 157.71 before easing slightly to 157.50 in early Asian trading, and focus today turns to second print of US Q1 GDP and comments from Fed’s Williams. To know more, read our Weekly FX Chartbook.

Commodities: Gold dropped by 0.98% to $2,338 per ounce due to a stronger dollar, higher bond yields, and hawkish comments from a Federal Reserve official. The U.S. dollar rose by 0.4% against other currencies, making gold more expensive for other currency holders. Silver and aluminum prices eased after hitting recent highs, while oil prices slipped to $79.23 per barrel and Brent Crude futures settled at $83.60/bbl, both down around 0.75%. Additionally, U.S. natural gas futures fell by 6% as production increased and recent heat in the southern U.S. was expected to ease by the end of the week.

Fixed income: Today, the big focus is on Treasury yields, with the 10-year yield increasing by over 7 basis points to 4.616%, marking the highest level in about a month. The 30-year yield also rose by 8 basis points to 4.74%, while the shorter-term 20-year note yield saw a more modest increase of around 3 basis points to 4.98%. These gains were extended after a weaker 7-year auction, where the U.S. Treasury sold $44 billion in 7-year notes at a high yield of 4.650%, compared to the previous 4.637% (1.3 basis points tail) when issued. The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.43, with primary dealers taking 17%, direct bidders taking 16.13%, and indirect bidders taking 66.88%.

Macro:

  • The Fed's Beige book was digested without much fanfare, and noted that national economic activity expanded from early April to mid-May, with varying conditions across industries and Districts; most Districts reported slight or modest growth, while prices increased modestly. Fed member Bostic was on the wires and said that the breadth of price gains is still pretty significant, and less inflation breadth would add to confidence to cut rates. He hinted at a possible Fed cut in Q4. NY Fed President Williams speaks today before focus turns to PCE data on Friday.
  • German CPI for May saw an uptick, rising to 2.8% from 2.4% in April, beating expectations of 2.7%. Spain inflation due today is also expected to rise before the region-wide print on Friday. The ECB meeting next week is likely to bring a rate cut, but the narrative may start to be more neutral after that as inflation concerns linger.
  • Australia’s inflation came in higher-than-expected for April. Headline rose 3.6% YoY (vs. 3.5% prior and 3.4% expected) and core was unchanged at 4.1% YoY. Trimmed mean was also higher at 4.1% YoY (vs. 4.0% prior). this further affirms that the RBA will have to delay rate cuts. However, the April inflation print is unlikely to bring rate hikes back to the table because the RBA focuses on quarterly inflation prints, and there are signals that Australia’s labor market is softening. To know more, read our FX article on AUD.

Macro events: Spanish Flash CPI (May), Swiss GDP (Q1), EZ Sentiment Survey (May), US GDP 2nd Estimate (Q1). Speakers: Fed’s Williams

Earnings: Canopy Growth, Kohl’s, Foot Locker, Dollar General, Maxeon, Best Buy, Hormel, Burlington, Birkenstock, Build-a-bear, Costco, Dell, ZScaler, Marvell, MongoDB, Ulta, SentinelOne, NetApp, Veeva, Elastic

News:

  • 10-year Treasury yield tops 4.6% for the first time in nearly a month (CNBC)
  • Cocoa prices tumble 19%, giving up a chunk of their record-setting gains (CNBC)
  • US stock futures drop after bruising session with more rate cuts on tap (Investing)
  • Salesforce shares plunge 16% on first revenue miss since 2006 (CNBC)
  • Oil prices settle lower ahead of fresh crude inventory data (Investing)
  • Gold prices steady amid rate jitters, copper flat with China in focus (Investing)
  • Yen hits 4-week low, dollar up ahead of key inflation data (Investing)
  • Pentagon awards $480 million deal to Palantir for 'Maven' prototype (Reuters)

 

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