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Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Take A Hit From Dire Corporate Warnings; Oil Tumbles

Published 23/10/2019, 12:46

  • U.S. futures, European shares slide on corporate warnings, Texas Instrument-led selloff
  • New Brexit deadlock adds to stock and pound weakness
  • Swiss heavyweight ABB adds to dire economic warnings
  • Oil tumbles on Russia's skepticism over supply cuts extension

Key Events

Futures on the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ 100 dropped with European stocks this morning after a key revenue forecast cut from semiconductor heavyweight Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) sounded a dire warning about the state of the global economy, spreading pessimism to European technology firms, already battered by Brexit worries.

Dow and NASDAQ contracts hit the lowest price since Oct. 10, though they later bounced off their lows.

The STOXX 600 was pulled lower by a global chip shares selloff after Texas Instruments, which sells to a broad range of sectors, delivered a fourth-quarter forecast 10% below the low-end of analyst expectations on Tuesday, while also missing both earnings and revenue forecasts.

Swiss industrial giant ABB (SIX:ABBN) also added to economic fears after signaling a critical slowdown in its two main markets—China and the U.S., with order intake from the latter turning negative. The group’s shares still managed to rise after third-quarter profits contracted less than expected.

The European benchmark's technical support coincides with the geopolitical limbo traders find themselves in, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw his Brexit withdrawal bill rejected by Parliament, which in turn quashed hopes to implement an orderly Brexit by the Oct. 31 deadline. Bets are now open on whether European negotiators will grant Johnson an extension on the bill to avert either a no-deal Brexit or snap U.K. general elections.

GBP/USD Daily Chart

The pound recovered slightly from the lows of its second-day slump, after finding support above the top of its former rising channel.

In the earlier Asian session, most regional equities took their cue from U.S. markets after some large companies reported mixed earnings. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (-0.82%) edged lower for the fourth straight day, with Tencent Holdings (HK:0700) (-2.32%) and insurance company AIA Group (HK:1299) (-0.73%) weighing on the average—the latter poised to complete the right shoulder of an H&S top, following a death cross. The selloff followed a report in the Financial Times about a Chinese government plan to replace the city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Global Financial Affairs

Yesterday, U.S. stocks crumbled away from nearing record highs after yet another Brexit fail boosted macro risk and market giants Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) led a tech selloff, dragging the NASDAQ Composite 0.72% lower.

S&P 500 Daily Chart

Technically, on the S&P 500 chart, demand is finding resistance by oversupply at the top of a triangle formation, developed below the top of a long-term broadening pattern since January 2018.

UST 10-Year Daily Chart

Meanwhile, yields on 10-year Treasurys slid, returning into a symmetrical triangle, occurring below their long-term downtrend line since November 2018. The RSI is topping out, suggesting rates might retest the bottom of the triangle in an effort to breakout according to the long-term downtrend.

The dollar remained well above the 200 DMA after it managed to climb back over it. Earlier, the greenback had slipped lower for four straight sessions, breaking below a rising channel since mid June.

Gold climbed for the second day but still within a narrow, 1% congestion since Oct. 11.

WTI tumbled after Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak downplayed chances of OPEC+ oil producers agreeing to broader output cuts in December.

Up ahead

Market Moves


  • France’s CAC 40 slid 0.5%.
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng declined 0.82%.
  • Currencies

  • The Dollar Index was little changed.
  • The British pound increased 0.1%.
  • The euro was little changed at $1.1127.
  • The Japanese yen gained 0.1% to 108.38 per dollar.
  • Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasurys fell one basis point to 1.75%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield slid four basis points to 0.675%.
  • Italy’s 10-year yield dropped three basis points to 0.899%.
  • New Zealand’s 10-year yield declined five basis points to 1.291%.
  • Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude slipped 0.6% to $54.17 a barrel.
  • Gold rose 0.2% to $1,491.39 an ounce.
  • Iron ore fell 0.9% to $84.31 per metric ton.
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