US equity futures hinted at recovery from Wednesday’s retreat, even as a selloff intensified across bond markets worldwide.
(Bloomberg) — US equity futures hinted at recovery from Wednesday’s retreat, even as a selloff intensified across bond markets worldwide.
S&P 500 contracts added 0.2%, while Europe’s equity benchmark slid for a third day. While many investors had believed that the Federal Reserve was done raising interest rates, that’s no longer a sure thing after minutes from last meeting suggested officials are considering tighter policy.
The moves across bond markets have been sharp and swift this week. The 10-year Treasury yield rose four basis points to 4.29% on Thursday, approaching the highest level since 2007. In the UK, equivalent maturity gilts touched 4.71%, the highest since the financial crisis of 2008. Japan’s 20-year bond yield surged after a debt auction drew tepid investor demand.
“Markets are taking the prospect of another hike from the Fed increasingly seriously, with futures now pricing in a 45% chance of a further hike by the November meeting,” Deutsche Bank AG strategist Jim Reid wrote. “Investors are adjusting to the fact that rates could remain at a higher level for some time.”
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Treasuries have been a key driver of the global debt selloff as resilience of the world’s largest economy defies expectations that a run of Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes would spark a recession. In the UK, the surge in gilt yields comes after sticky inflation and strong wage data boosted investor bets that the Bank of England will need to raise interest rates further to 6% and keep them high for longer.
In corporate news, BAE Systems Plc agreed to buy the aerospace division of soda-can giant Ball Corp. for $5.6 billion. Shares of BAE fell as much as 4.8% in London, its biggest drop in nine months, as investors mulled the cost of the purchase. Ball climbed as much as 5.5% in US premarket trading.
Cisco Systems Inc rose as much as 2.9% in the US premarket, after the maker of networking equipment gave a forecast that helped ease concerns about a sales slowdown.
China also continued to weigh on sentiment. The picture emerging from property agents and private data providers suggest the slump in the real estate market may be worse than official reports show. These figures show existing-home prices falling at least 15% in prime neighborhoods of major metropolitan areas like Shanghai and Shenzhen.
China ramped up its efforts to stem losses in its currency on Thursday by offering the most forceful guidance since October through its daily reference rate for the managed currency. The offshore yuan slipped against the greenback.
“Equity markets are currently faced with two headwinds — first, real rates are surging again, as the US economy is showing numbers consistent with an economic recovery,” said Florian Ielpo, head of macro research at Lombard Odier Asset Management. “Second, China is starting to emit dire signals that must remind investors of the awful summer 2015, with a troubled housing market and shadow banking system.”
Elsewhere, Brent crude halted a three-day drop, trading up 0.9% at $84.20 per barrel. Gold edged up after closing below $1,900 an ounce for the first time since March.
Key events this week
- US initial jobless claims, US Conf. Board leading index, Thursday
- Eurozone CPI, Friday
Some of the main moves in markets:
- The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.2% as of 11:44 a.m. London time
- S&P 500 futures rose 0.2%
- Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.2%
- Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2%
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.3%
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was little changed
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.2%
- The euro was little changed at $1.0886
- The Japanese yen rose 0.2% to 145.99 per dollar
- The offshore yuan rose 0.4% to 7.3072 per dollar
- The British pound rose 0.2% to $1.2755
- Bitcoin fell 1.4% to $28,521.64
- Ether fell 1.2% to $1,786.6
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced five basis points to 4.30%
- Germany’s 10-year yield advanced four basis points to 2.69%
- Britain’s 10-year yield advanced five basis points to 4.70%
- Brent crude rose 0.9% to $84.16 a barrel
- Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,898.09 an ounce
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–With assistance from Richard Henderson.
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