Opening Bell: U.S. Futures, Stocks Rise On Stimulus, POTUS Health Optimism

Opening Bell: U.S. Futures, Stocks Rise On Stimulus, POTUS Health Optimism

Investing.com  | Oct 05, 2020 12:37

  • Although receiving medicine designed for the extremely sick, reports say that Trump may be released from the hospital on Monday
  • House Speaker, Treasury Secretary meet with Fed Chair on stimulus
  • Futures and stocks trade up on positive news

Key Events

Futures contracts, including for the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000, and European stocks advanced on Monday, boosted by positive news about US President Trump's health and renewed hopes for a long-anticipated coronavirus economic relief package from Congress. Treasuries fell and oil retreated.

Global Financial Affairs

Although all major US indices closed lower on Friday, futures this morning are all trading in the green as markets are buoyed by news that President Trump may leave the hospital as early as today. The US president was admitted after the market closed on Friday, but over the weekend he tweeted that his health is improving and on Sunday afternoon he left the hospital in a motorcade to wave to supporters.

This followed a press conference with his medical team where they said his health was improving, and he could be discharged as early as Monday. This despite the news that they were administering a steroid generally provided only to the very sick, after his blood oxygen levels dropped twice.

On Friday, Wall Street opened down on the news that the US President had been diagnosed with COVID-19. But during the day's trading, stocks pared losses on speculation that it was looking more likely Congress would agree on an economic relief package. According to Politico, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conferred with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the package.

This rekindled optimism that additional money will hit the system and boost economic growth, which was stalling, after an initial, robust rebound. 

Bulls should note that after the news on Trump’s apparent recovery and hopeful hospital release, as well as progress on a stimulus deal, even outperforming NASDAQ futures were rounding down in the form of an hourly H&S top.

NASDAQ 60 Mins

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed on Monday morning, with the banks leading the rally as investors expect financials will benefit most from new stimulus.

Stoxx 600 60 Mins

Technically, the pan-European benchmark is retesting a shooting star that confirmed the resistance of an hourly rising wedge, bearish after the preceding drop. This scenario supports the daily top.

Asia was painted green earlier on Monday. The gainers were led by the Australia's ASX 200 (+2.6%) ahead of a central bank decision early Tuesday. Chinese markets were closed for a holiday.

The renewed desire for risk allowed yields to rise to their highest level in more than a month.

10-year Treasuries Daily

But 10-year Treasuries are still in play for a H&S top, with the 50 DMA as a natural neckline.

The expectation of further stimulus weakened the dollar, which is being squeezed between a bottom and its falling channel since its March high.

Dollar Index Daily

The chart illustrates this conflict, as the greenback is pressured between the 50 and 100 DMAs, with the MACD already providing a sell signal, while the momentum indicators still struggling.

Gold weakened despite the dollar decline due to risk-on sentiment returning.

Gold Daily

The precious metal recently completed a bearish symmetrical triangle which pushed the price below its uptrend line since the March bottom. However, should any further uncertainty arise from Trump’s medical condition, or the president leverages the situationto attack China, which he has been blaming for the coronavirus pandemic, the completed bearish symmetrical triangle can turn into a falling wedge, bullish within the still intact long-term uptrend.

The positive news about Trump's health and the stimulus package improved the demand outlook for oil.

Oil Daily

Technically, however, we still expect it to fall below $36, establishing a downtrend, following the rising, bearish wedge.

Up Ahead

  • On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia is forecast to keep interest rates and its three-year yield target unchanged at 0.25%.
  • Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell and ECB Chief Economist, Philip Lane deliver keynote addresses at the NABE conference on Tuesday.
  • On Wednesday, the minutes of the Sept. 15-16 meeting of the FOMC could be especially fruitful for Fed watchers, beginning with details of the debate on conditions necessary to trigger a rate increase.
  • The US Vice Presidential debate takes place in Salt Lake City on Wednesday
  • Though the final formal round of talks is over, trade negotiations between the UK and EU are expected to continue up to the EU summit in mid-October.

Market Moves

Stocks

  • Futures on the {{S&P 500}} increased 0.3% as of 8:12 a.m. London time.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.7%.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 1.2%.
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index gained 0.6%.

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1% to 1,173.30.
  • The euro gained 0.1% to $1.1727.
  • The British pound decreased 0.2% to $1.2903.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.3% to 105.61 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped less than one basis point to 0.70%.
  • The yield on two-yearTreasuries declined less than one basis point to 0.13%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield decreased one basis point to -0.55%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 0.236%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude gained 1.8% to $37.68 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 0.5% to $1,889.97 an ounce.

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