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U.S. Opening Bell: Fed, Earnings Boost Futures, European Stocks As Yields Rally

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewApr 29, 2021 11:43
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U.S. Opening Bell: Fed, Earnings Boost Futures, European Stocks As Yields Rally
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Apr 29, 2021 11:43
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  • Fed believes inflation will only be temporary
  • Promises to warn ahead of any rate hikes
  • Apple, Facebook report blowout earnings

Key Events

Yields on US Treasuries jumped along with futures on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 as well as European stocks on Thursdsay, ahead of the New York open. The confirmation by the Federal Reserve that it would continue its accommodative policy was compounded by strong earnings which sealed the case for a resurgent American economy.

For the second consecutive day, Bitcoin dropped. 

Global Financial Affairs

Contracts on the NASDAQ were outperforming at the time of writing, ahead at one point by almost a full percent after earnings from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) beat expectations, giving long positions a big win.

In European trading the STOXX 600 Index rose to within a whisper of its Apr. 16 record close. Finnish telecom network equipment producer Nokia (HE:NOKIA) catapulted higher by almost 14%, due to an increase in sales of network and 5G equipment. 

Consumer goods behemoth Unilever (AS:ULVR) climbed over 3% thanks to strong sales in China, which has been enjoying a robust economic recovery; adding to that was increased demand for home cooking supplies during global lockdowns. The Dutch headquartered giant announced it will be buying back shares to the tune of up to 3 billion euros (US$3.6 billion)

Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSa) and Total (PA:TOTF) both jumped about 1.5%, after posting strong quarterly results. UK based Shell also raised its dividend. Sshares in France-based Total have rebounded and are now close to pre-COVID levels.

French plane maker Airbus (PA:AIR) climbed 3%, also thanks to quarterly results, displaying higher core earnings.

On Wednesday, US stocks ended a rocky session by closing lower, with the Russell 2000 the only index in the green, 0.28% higher. The NASDAQ declined in the precise symmetrical proportion of 0.28%—demonstrating a clear negative correlation, as each index represents a side of the reflation trade. However, following Apple and Facebook reporting after the closing bell, the NASDAQ ETF (QQQ) jumped aftermarket. 

Stocks had hit session highs earlier in the trading day after the Fed delivered a positive message about the strength of the economy, while downplaying inflation risk. The US central bank reaffirmed its continued support, implying it is prepared to allow the economy to continue running hot, and also promised to give a substantial heads up before hiking rates.

Traders optimism on the US economic recovery received a boost from President Joseph Biden's speech to Congress on Wednesday evening, in which he unveiled a $1.8 trillion spending plan that included childcare, education and paid leave.

Despite this, rates on the 10-year Treasury note are headed for their biggest weekly increase since Mar. 19, but could face resistance.

10-year Treasuries Daily
10-year Treasuries Daily

Yields got stuck when hitting the neckline of a double top from below, confirming the resistance of yesterday’s shooting star. While the RSI is on a downward path, having provided a negative divergence to rising rates since late February, the momentum gauge may have found support, bouncing off its lowest levels in late-September. The MACD triggered a bullish cross. We expect declines in yields, unless they close above 1.7%.

The dollar seems to have found its footing after the Federal Reserve clobbered it over the head by promising that any interest rate hikes are a way in the future.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

The greenback found support by its uptrend line (red) since the bottom. The US currency had been falling after completing a rising wedge, but now it is nearing the massive falling wedge since the 2020 peak.

Gold completed a second straight bullish flag, after completing a double-bottom. It's therefore expected to rise until it retests its falling channel. 

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

In the short-term, the yellow metal is bullish, but remains bearish in the medium-term.

Despite the boost Bitcoin should have received as an inflationary hedge, the cryptocurrency is falling for a second day.

Bitcoin Daily
Bitcoin Daily

The slide could be because it completed its return-move, after completing a rising wedge. We expect it will now to return to the $40,000 levels, before continuing higher.

Crude oil extended gains on a confident outlook on demand from OPEC and its allies, despite the threat from India’s COVID-19 crisis.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

Oil has provided a topside breakout to a descending channel. Should the price remain above the pattern, it will blow out the bearish pattern, potentially turning into a bullish one.

Up Ahead

  • On Thursday, US GDP is forecast to show growth accelerated in the first quarter.
  • US oil majors, Exxon (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) report results ahead of the US open on Friday. 

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index rose 0.2%.
  • The British pound advanced 0.2% to $1.3964.
  • The euro was little changed at $1.212.
  • The onshore yuan strengthened 0.2% to 6.468 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 108.82 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced four basis points to 1.65%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries climbed one basis point to 0.17%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 0.817%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to -0.22%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.098%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.4% to $64.09 a barrel.
  • Brent crude gained 0.4% to $67.54 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 0.1% to $1,779.65 an ounce.
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