Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Rebound On Selective Data, Trade Hopes; Oil Tumbles

Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Rebound On Selective Data, Trade Hopes; Oil Tumbles  | Sep 24, 2019 12:44

  • U.S. futures, European shares rebound on selective data, trade optimism

  • Eurozone, Japan PMI feed into lingering recession risk

  • Treasury yields slip after Fed Bullard’s dovish statement

  • Oil falls on expected Saudi Arabia supply recovery

Key Events

Futures on the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ 100 rebounded with European equities this morning as the trade-sentiment pendulum swung back up ahead of high-level U.S.-China talks next month, after China granted tariff waivers on purchases of U.S. soy.

S&P 500 Futures Hourly Chart

Futures trading benefited from a report by IHS Markit showing the manufacturing and services sectors grew in September, with the former hitting a five-month high. Traders seemed less concerned with contrasting signals coming from the Gallup Economic Confidence Index—which dropped to +17 this month from +24 in August, hitting the lowest level since the government's shutdown in January—and a survey showing a majority of U.S. firms' CFOs sees a recession coming next year.

Technically, SPX futures are trading along a falling flag, bullish with an upside breakout after a continuous advance since yesterday’s U.S. market close. The pattern’s completion would mean prices break free of the downtrend line since last Thursday.

In Europe, healthcare and banking shares led the STOXX 600 higher.

In the earlier Asian session, regional equities rallied on yet another bout of optimism after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He for trade talks in two weeks' time. Reports the Chinese government granted state and private firms new waivers to buy U.S. soybeans free of tariffs added to the exuberance.

South Korea’s KOSPI (+0.45%) outperformed, followed by China’s Shanghai Composite (+0.28%) and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (+0.22%). Japan’s Nikkei 225 (+0.09%) eked out a gain after factory activity shrank the most in seven months.

Global Financial Affairs

On Monday, U.S. shares ended little changed, paring most gains despite IHS Market data suggesting the U.S. economy remains in expansionary mode. The date jarred with global data persistently portraying a looming recession—the latest downbeat figures coming from Japan and eurozone PMIs—and thereby feeding a lingering macro economic headwind. In terms of political risk, a congressional investigation is underway into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

UST 10-Year Daily Chart

This morning, the yield on 10-year Treasurys was seen falling for the seventh straight session. The decline was not necessarily due to a safety play: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said the U.S. central bank may need to ease monetary policy further to offset downside risks from trade conflicts and excessively low inflation. The outlook for lower rates meant the current rates looked relatively higher.

DXY Daily Chart

The dollar was rising for the third day, despite Bullard’s call for lower rates. Foreign demand for U.S. bonds may be the main driver of USD demand. Technically, the greenback is trading within a pennant continuation pattern, whose upside breakout would keep alive the rising channel since the July bottom.

GBP Daily Chart

On the other side of the Atlantic, the pound bounced back after falling for the third day below an uptrend line since the beginning of the month, as traders anxiously waited for the U.K. Supreme Court to rule on the legality of Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament.

XAU/USD Daily Chart

Gold gave up some ground after initially posting a third-day advance, in parallel with the dollar. Perhaps, Bullard’s view of lower rates was enough to feed demand in early trading, even if the USD-denominated commodity became pricier. Technically, the precious metal remains squeezed between a potential H&S top and its failure.

Oil tumbled amid weak Japanese, European data, while Saudi Arabia was expected to restore output faster than anticipated.

Up Ahead

  • Interest rate decisions are due on Wednesday from central banks in New Zealand and Thailand, on Thursday in the Philippines.
  • Core PCE data due on Friday, the Fed’s preferred inflation measure, is forecast to come in at 1.8%.

Market Moves


  • The Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.3%.
  • The MSCI Emerging Market Index was little changed.
  • Currencies

  • The Dollar Index strengthened by 0.1% for the third day and a total gain of 0.4%.
  • The euro was little changed at $1.0995.
  • The British pound advanced 0.1% to $1.2439.
  • The onshore yuan increased 0.2% to 7.102 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 107.60 per dollar.
  • Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasurys fell one basis point to 1.72%.
  • The yield on 2-year Treasurys climbed less than one basis point to 1.68%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield advanced one basis point to -0.57%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.562%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield slid three basis points to -0.237%.
  • Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.6% to $58.29 a barrel.
  • Iron ore declined 3.3% to $87.40 per metric ton.

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