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U.S. Opening Bell: Futures Shake Off China’s Commodity Crackdown; Metals Fall

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewMay 24, 2021 12:00
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U.S. Opening Bell: Futures Shake Off China’s Commodity Crackdown; Metals Fall
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  May 24, 2021 12:00
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  • Steel and iron ore plummet
  • Bitcoin rebounds above $36,000
  • US dollar slides

Key Events

Stocks in Europe opened higher, boosting futures on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000. Asian benchmarks were mixed, after China’s clampdown on "speculators and hoarders" of industrial commodities dented mining-related companies.

Gold wavered while yields were slightly lower.

Global Financial Affairs

All four US contracts were about 0.5% in the green, at time of writing, with stocks on the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100—representing one side of the reflation trade—and Russell 2000 futures—representing value stocks and the opposite side of the reflation trade—moving in unison. Both indexes were slightly outperforming the S&P 500 and Dow Jones, which were ranging around 0.40%. The current picture suggests that after reflecting on the markets' whipsaws last week, traders are ready to get back into equities.

The S&P 500 Index was little changed on Friday, as technicals kept it under pressure.

S&P Daily
S&P Daily

The broad benchmark completed a bullish wedge, but Friday’s bearish shooting-star demonstrates that it ain’t over till the fat bear sings.

The STOXX 600 Index was pulled in two different directions. Banks and technology stocks—normally possessing a negative correlation within the reflation trade—outperformed, while mining firms lagged, after China's warning. Steel plunged over 5%, and iron ore tumbled nearly 10%, almost triggering its daily limit.

Asian gauges were uneven, the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific outside Japan edged 0.1% lower amid thin trading. China’s Shanghai Composite (+0.3%) was the best performing index in the region while South Korea’s KOSPI (-0.4%) underperformed.

Last week stocks were volatile, which led to a debate on whether the recent bloodbath seen in cryptos might be the cause. We maintain it is.

Bitcoin rebounded after a deeper fall on Saturday that took it below its uptrend line since the October low. We, however, are more concerned about horizontal, constant supports, such as the January lows. A break below $29,000 will likely see an extended drop. We, however, are holding  out for a return to an advance after the cryptocurrency more than halved in value, fulfilling our target fully.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note—which have started the inflation panic—have been ranging since March in a symmetrical triangle.

10-year Treasuries Daily
10-year Treasuries Daily

While there tend to be pauses within the underlying trend, which is up, the direction of the breakout will determine the digital token's continued path.

The dollar fell, within what seems to be a bearish pennant, whose downside breakout will challenge our recent bull call.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

A fall below the Jan. 6 low of 89.21 will turn us back bearish again, after the massive wedge since the 2020 peak turned us bullish, which worked out till breakout turned into a smaller, bearish wedge.

Gold was flat after giving up daily highs for the fourth day, as it struggles to break free of its current rate of ascent in the form of a rising channel.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

We expect the precious metal to retest the channel’s bottom, as well as the top of the recently broken falling channel since the 2020 record peak.

WTI crude oil traded around $64 a barrel amid further signs the US is recovering from the pandemic which will boost demand. Traders also monitored progress in US/Iran talks on reviving an Iranian nuclear deal that could lead to increased global crude supply.

Up Ahead

  • Consensus by CoinDesk is bringing prominent crypto voices together to discuss NFTs, exchanges and the role of central banks until May 27. Fed Governor Lael Brainard and Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio will participate.
  • On Tuesday, the Bank of Indonesia publishes its rate decision.
  • On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand announces its policy decision.
  • The CEOs of the largest US banks, including JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), will testify before lawmakers in the Senate Banking and House Financial Services committees on Wednesday.

Market Moves

Stocks

  • The FTSE 100 Index rose 0.25%.
  • The STOXX 600 was little changed
  • Futures on the S&P 500 rose 0.4%
  • Futures on the NASDAQ 100 rose 0.3%
  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5%
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.1%
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 0.2%

Currencies

Bonds

  • Britain’s 10-year yield declined two basis points to 0.81%
  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined one basis point to 1.61%
  • Germany’s 10-year yield declined one basis point to -0.14%

Commodities

U.S. Opening Bell: Futures Shake Off China’s Commodity Crackdown; Metals Fall
 

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