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Ahead of Powell & OPEC


4 March 2021

Reflation trades are back with a vengeance, pushing pressure on stock markets as yields rise. Treasuries managed to stabilise somewhat overnight, after a sell off yesterday saw rates pushing higher again, but across Asia bonds as well as stocks sold off.

Markets are looking ahead to scheduled comments from Fed Chairman Powell for soothing words, but in Asia mounting concern over the health of China’s property market added to pressure on equity markets. Essentially it seems the turning point on policy is getting closer and that will keep bonds under pressure.

GER30 and UK100 futures are currently down -0.9% and -0.7% respectively, with US futures also under pressure, led by a -0.7% drop in the USA100 future. While much of the erosion is a function of the improved outlook on the recovery, as noted by Fed officials, there is a breath of inflation filtering in, reflected in the pop in the 5-year breakeven to 250 bps, the widest since mid-2008.

JPN225 and ASX closed with losses of -2.1% and -0.8% respectively, while Hang Seng and CSI 300 are currently down 2.2% and 2.99%. Markets remains very susceptible to the action in Treasuries with the jump in rate supporting the USA30’s reflation trade, but weighing significantly on the tech-heavy USA100 which plunged -2.7% given its high valuations. 

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Forex Market

Today: The calendar has Eurozone retail sales and unemployment data for January, as well as the UK CIPS construction PMI. Investors will also continue to assess the UK budget, which offered an extension of furlough payments through to September, but also introduced first steps to try and recoup the costs of virus measures. Initial and continuous Jobless claims will be on tap however Fed’s Chairman Powell and OPEC meeting will be in the spotlight.

Biggest mover – AUDJPY (+0.60% as of 07:30 GMT) & EURAUD (-48% as of  07:30 GMT)

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