Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 15, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 15, 2024 Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 15, 2024

Global Market Quick Take: Asia – May 15, 2024

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Key points:

  • Equities: Big tech leads rally as PPI details weak, CPI awaited
  • FX: Yen weakness more pronounced on the crosses
  • Commodities: Short squeeze in copper, Gold and silver rally ahead of CPI
  • Fixed income: Treasuries rebounded from the post-PPI decline
  • Economic data: US CPI, Retail Sales, China MLF

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QT 15-5

 

Equities: Major stock averages closed higher, with the Nasdaq approaching record levels, ahead of key inflation and retail sales data on Wednesday. Producer Price Index (PPI) showed a hotter reading on a month-over-month basis, but markets rebounded after year-over-year comparisons met expectations and prior month revisions were lower. Uncertainty remains about the Fed's next move on interest rates, and today's Consumer Price Index (CPI) report could determine whether U.S. stocks hit new highs or experience a reversal. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell described the PPI report as more "mixed" than "hot" due to lower prior data revisions.

Alibaba (BABA) shares retreated 6.02% from their recent gains as Q1 profits declined despite increased sales, citing a net loss in investments due to mark-to-market changes. Sea (SE) reported Q1 revenues of $3.73 billion, exceeding estimates of $3.6 billion, and Ecommerce revenues of $2.75 billion, surpassing estimates of $2.49 billion. The company affirmed its outlook for FY24. Amazon (AMZN) shares fell after the announcement of the departure of the CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Tencent' ADRs surged up to 5.9% following the Chinese internet giant's report of revenue and profitability surpassing estimates. The growth in online advertising and the increasing popularity of its short-form video offerings contributed to this boost. Sony (6758) announced a stock buyback and a 5-for-1 stock split alongside better-than-expected Q4 results, with a net profit of Y189.00 billion surpassing estimates of Y149.71 billion. Sony ADR shares up 6.67%.


FX: The DXY index saw sharp move higher on PPI beat, but the move reversed quickly and the USD ended the day lower ahead of US inflation release today. USDJPY extended its upside to 156.50, but the move in yen crosses was even more pronounced. NZDJPY moved to fresh highs of 94.65 since the first leg of intervention a few weeks back, while AUDJPY surged back towards 104. AUDUSD continued to rise towards recent resistance at 0.6640 despite Australia’s budget announcement yesterday not stoking inflation concerns. We discussed the tailwinds for AUD in this article. GBPUSD dropped sharply to lows of 1.2510 on dovish comments from BOE’s Chief Economist Pill who kept a June rate cut clearly on the table, but pair reversed and rose back to 1.2590 in the US session. EURUSD also back above 1.08


Commodities: Oil prices increased as US stockpiles reportedly diminished and the market anticipates the International Energy Agency's report, which will provide insight on future market dynamics. After a significant drop due to high US inflation affecting demand expectations, West Texas Intermediate crude recovered to over $78 a barrel, while Brent settled near $82. The American Petroleum Institute indicated a substantial 3.1 million barrel decrease in US crude inventories, corroborating a reduction at the key Cushing storage hub. An upcoming report from the Paris-based IEA follows OPEC's recent findings that member countries surpassed their production cut quotas. Copper prices surged to $5.026 a pound, a 5.5% increase due to a short squeeze, nearly hitting March 2022's record. Active contracts traded at premium rates. Backwardation in Comex points to increasing supply pressures.Gold steadies near $2,356/oz after a near 1% rise as markets await US core CPI data. The metal has seen a modest range of trade recently after setting records in March and April.


Fixed income: Bond markets rebounded following the release of high producer price data, with investors looking towards an upcoming key inflation report. The anticipation of easing inflation bolsters the likelihood of Fed rate cuts. Initially reacting with a jump to 4.89%, two-year yields, highly responsive to Fed rate adjustments, quickly reversed the gains, settling near daily lows by late morning.Wednesday's Treasury one-year bill auction drew heavy interest from buyers as a more stable interest rate outlook from the Federal Reserve made the tenor appealing again. The Treasury sold $46 billion worth of 52-week bills at a rate of 4.895%, a slight decrease from the 4.915% seen in the previous month's sale.

Macro: 

  • US PPI came in hotter than expected, but the details that feed into the Fed’s preferred PCE measure were not as hot and the prior measure was revised lower, softening the blow to sentiment. Both headline and core PPI rose 0.5% MoM, vs. expectations of 0.3% and 0.2% respectively. Meanwhile, US NFIB business optimism index rose to 89.7 in April from 88.5 but remains close to its average during past recessions.
  • Fed Chair Powell stuck to his dovish tilt, calling the PPI report “mixed not hot”, and highlighting signs of cooling in the labor market. He reiterated that he doesn’t think it’s likely that the next move would be a rate hike.
  • US CPI Preview: Stakes are high for the release of US April inflation print today after three consecutive months of upside surprise and a consistent dovish narrative out of the Federal Reserve. Consensus expects headline CPI to remain unchanged at 0.4% MoM while core could soften to 0.3% from 0.4% earlier. What makes it even more interesting is that retail sales are also reported today. Consensus expects significant softening in April retail sales print, and this will form an additional key input on where the US economy is heading. For more details on how we expect the different asset classes to react to US CPI release, read this article

Macro events: Australia Wage Price Index, Eurozone Industrial Production, US CPI, US Retail Sales, US NAHB Housing Market Index, PBoC MLF

Earnings: Nubank, Hoya, Merck, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial, Recruit, Mizuho Financial Group, Cisco, Allianz, Compass, Experian, E.ON, Hapag-Lloyd, RWE, Commerzbank

News:

  • Biden hits Chinese electric cars and solar cells with higher tariffs (BBC)
  • China vows to take ‘all necessary actions’ in response to Biden’s tariffs (CNN)
  • Australia unveils US$6b budget surplus, touting clean energy "transformation" (CNA)
  • Incoming Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong unveils new Cabinet lineup (CNA)
  • Home Depot sales drop more than expected as wary customers delay big projects (Reuters)
  • OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever departs (Reuters)
  • Shopee-owner Sea tops quarterly revenue estimates on e-commerce strength (CNA)
  • Alibaba shares fall 6% after the Chinese tech giant posts 86% drop in profit (CNBC)

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