Asian Stock Futures Inch Lower Before China CPI: Markets Wrap

Asian equity futures fell, suggesting a cautious open to trading around the region on Wednesday as investors await consumer and producer price data from China that’s projected to show ongoing weakness.

(Bloomberg) — Asian equity futures fell, suggesting a cautious open to trading around the region on Wednesday as investors await consumer and producer price data from China that’s projected to show ongoing weakness.

Contracts for Australia and Japan were fractionally lower while those for Hong Kong slipped 0.3%. A gauge of US-listed Chinese stocks dropped 2.4% after a larger-than-forecast slump in trade data added to concerns over the world’s second-largest economy. Problems at Country Garden, once China’s largest developer, are adding to the gloom.

US shares trimmed losses as dip buyers emerged following a slide driven by worries about the financial system and the economy. 

Treasuries rose, helped by a well received three-year note auction, while the dollar touched its highest level in over a month amid haven demand on worries over everything from China’s outlook to the health of US and Italian banks. Major currencies steadied in early trading Wednesday.

The equity declines on Wall Street waned in afternoon trading, with the S&P 500 finishing down by 0.4%. Apple Inc. halted its longest losing streak this year. Eli Lilly & Co. led gains in health-care companies after sales of its weight-loss treatment blew past expectations and a new study raised the prospect that its drug could benefit heart disease as well. Banks fell as Moody’s Investors Service downgraded 10 small and midsize American lenders and said it may do the same with a handful of major firms.

The recent “orderly” pullback in US stocks has reduced the risk of a chaotic selloff and reduced some of the short-term positioning risk that has been a worry for investors, according to Chris Montagu, a strategist at Citigroup Inc.

After the closing bell came news that Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN has signed a long-term exclusive partnership for sports betting with Penn Entertainment Inc., a regional casino operator. WeWork Inc. said there’s “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue operating, citing sustained losses and canceled memberships to its office spaces.

Treasury 10-year yields dropped to around 4%. Tuesday’s $42 billion sale of three-year notes produced a lower-than-expected yield, a sign that demand was stronger than anticipated. 

Just a few days before a key inflation report, investors also waded through remarks from central bank officials. 

Fed Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker said the central bank may be able to cease rate hikes, barring any surprises in the economy, though rates would need to stay at their current elevated levels for some time. Harker also noted that “sometime probably next year, we’ll start to bring the interest rates down.” His Richmond counterpart Thomas Barkin argued it was too soon to say whether another an increase in September would be appropriate.

Oil edged lower Wednesday after a rebound Tuesday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country would retaliate if Russia continues to block its ports. Copper — a barometer of the global economy — slid on the disappointing Chinese trade figures.

Key events this week:

  • China CPI, PPI, Wednesday
  • India rate decision, Thursday
  • US initial jobless claims, CPI, Thursday
  • Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic pre-recorded remarks for employment webinar, Thursday
  • UK industrial production, GDP, Friday
  • US University of Michigan consumer sentiment, PPI, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures were little changed as of 7:11 a.m. Tokyo time. The S&P 500 fell 0.4%
  • Nasdaq 100 futures were little changed. The Nasdaq 100 fell 0.9%
  • Nikkei 225 futures fell 0.1%
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index futures fell 0.1%
  • Hang Seng Index futures fell 0.3%


  • The euro was unchanged at $1.0956
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 143.34 per dollar
  • The offshore yuan was little changed at 7.2367 per dollar
  • The Australian dollar was little changed at $0.6543


  • Bitcoin fell 0.7% to $29,767.7
  • Ether fell 0.2% to $1,859.62


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined seven basis points to 4.02%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.2% to $82.76 a barrel
  • Spot gold was little changed

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

–With assistance from Rita Nazareth.

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