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USD & Treasuries Recover, Stocks Weaker again


4 April 2022 Written by Stuart Cowell  HF Markets Head Market Analyst Stuart Cowell

USD & Treasuries recovered as Yields & Stocks (NASDAQ -1.54%) fell. US markets had their worst Quarter in 2 years. USOil slipped (–4%) & under $100 as President Biden confirmed  releasing 180 mln barrels from US Strategic Reserve over the next 6-months & OPEC confirm no production increases. Yield curve extended it’s inversion.

Core PCE:  in-line at 0.4%, Weekly Claims missed at 202K vs 195k but still below normal levels, and Chicago PMI’s surprised significantly to the upside (62.9 vs 56.3) Asian markets traded cautiously following another weak US session, mixed data releases and an extension of the Shanghai lockdown.

Overnight – Chinese Caixin Manu. PMI’s sink in contraction for first time since 2020 – Manu. 48.1 vs. 50.4. AUD AIG Manu Index ticked higher & JPY Manu PMI (54.1 vs. 53.2) & Tankan Services PMI (9 vs. 5) both beat.

European Open – The German 10-year rate is up 3.2 bp at 0.575%, alongside a 4.1 bp rise in the U.S. Treasury yield. However, while U.S. Treasury futures are moving higher, led by a 0.5% rise in the NASDAQ, DAX and FTSE 100 futures are down -0.1% and -0.05% respectively.

The uncertainty over what will happen to gas exports to Europe is hanging over markets, amid fears that shortages will force producers to halt or throttle production. Germany’s Scholz tried to calm nerves over Putin’s announcement that payments will have to be made in Rubles, although whether Moscow’s proposal that payments in EUR will have to be paid into Gazprombank and then transferred into Rubles is a way forward remains to be seen. EZ inflation is going through the roof and today’s preliminary Eurozone HICP report is likely to look very ugly. ECB chief economist Lane has already laid the ground for an overshoot though, by turning dovish again and saying that the ECB must be ready to move in either direction in this situation.

Today – EZ, UK & US Final Manufacturing PMIs, US Labour Market Report, ISM Manufacturing PMI, China-EU Summit, Speech from Fed’s Evans.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) USDJPY (+0.57%) Continues to rally off 121.30 lows this week. Next resistance 123.00. MAs aligned higher, MACD signal line & histogram higher & over 0 line, RSI 61 & rising, H1 ATR 0.211, Daily ATR 1.310.

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