Asian equity futures traded moderately lower Thursday following a tech-led sell-off on Wall Street as investors await US monthly inflation data that will help shape the outlook for the Federal Reserve’s next steps.
(Bloomberg) — Asian equity futures traded moderately lower Thursday following a tech-led sell-off on Wall Street as investors await US monthly inflation data that will help shape the outlook for the Federal Reserve’s next steps.
Contracts for benchmarks in Japan and Hong Kong fell while those for Australian equities were little changed. The S&P 500 fell 0.7% Wednesday, while the Nasdaq 100 dropped 1.1%, weighed down by a 4.7% decline for Nvidia Corp., as investors rethink the artificial-intelligence frenzy that has helped propel tech shares higher this year. US futures ticked higher in early Asian trading.
Long-dated Treasury yields fell as investors showed fresh demand for 10-year paper. On Wednesday, a $38-billion auction for 10-year Treasuries was awarded at 3.999%, the third straight new issue to pay a fixed rate of less than 4%. The two-year yield, which is more sensitive to interest rates, rose six basis points.
Those movements come ahead of July’s consumer price index data due later Thursday. Economists anticipate a slight increase in the headline figure, in part linked to higher oil prices, while core inflation is expected to fall, extending a downward trend that Bloomberg Economics believes will support a rate pause when the Fed next meets in September.
Even if inflation overshoots expectations, the Fed will likely feel its policy is restrictive enough as manufacturing struggles and the jobs market shows signs of softening, according to Fawad Razaqzada, a market analyst at City Index and Forex.com. That means a “small beat” wouldn’t matter too much, he noted.
“A goldilocks outlook in the US is what stock market investors on Wall Street have been enjoying this year – until the recent weakness,” Razaqzada said. “They will be looking for signs that the health and sentiment of the consumer remains positive, enough not increase the risks of a further Fed rate increase, and yet not too depressing to raise recession alarm bells.”
Currency markets were little changed in early Asian trading after a mild rally in offshore yuan on Wednesday. The Bloomberg dollar index was steady and the yen was little changed.
A 28% surge in European natural gas added to concern about further price pressures. The sharp rise in European natural gas was linked to the possibility of worker strikes in Australia, which Citigroup Inc. analysts predict could cause European gas and Asian LNG contracts for January to double.
In US corporate earnings, Walt Disney Co. reported profits that exceeded expectations and said it will raise the prices of its streaming services, including a 27% increase for the advertising-free version of the flagship Disney+. The company’s shares rose in after-hours trading on the news. Illumina Inc. fell after the DNA-sequencing firm cut its profit outlook and Wynn Resorts Ltd.’s earnings per share beat analyst forecasts.
Elsewhere, gold fell to the lowest level in a month with the precious metal trading around $1,915 per ounce. Bitcoin was flat at close to $29,500.
Key events this week:
- 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 rose 0.2% as of 7:20 a.m. Tokyo time. The S&P 500 fell 0.7%
- Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.2%. The Nasdaq 100 fell 1.1%
- Nikkei 225 futures fell 0.2%
- Hang Seng futures fell 0.4%
- S&P/ASX 200 futures were little changed
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
- The euro was little changed at $1.0978
- The Japanese yen was little changed at 143.63 per dollar
- The offshore yuan was little changed at 7.2271 per dollar
- The Australian dollar was little changed at $0.6532
- Bitcoin rose 0.2% to $29,540.48
- Ether was little changed at $1,853.22
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined one basis point to 4.01%
- West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.2% to $84.22 a barrel
- Spot gold was little changed
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