U.S. Opening Bell: Futures, European Stocks Rebound But Yields, Bitcoin Slip

,Value shares are back in demand 
The 10Y:30Y yield curve is flattest since February
Gold recovers after difficult week

Key Events

US futures on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 rebounded along with European stocks on Monday, despite declines in Asian trading. Yields traded lower in a sign that investors are second-guessing Friday’s rush to embrace concerns of higher inflation in response to Wednesday’s surprisingly hawkish Fed. 

Oil wavered as traders await news from the US-Iran negotiations.

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The current market narrative is asserting that the Fed is pushing forward its timeline for interest rate increases and this has sapped the reflation trade that dominated markets so far this year. However, we argue that the reflation trade has actually taken a back seat this year.

Value shares dominated in the second half of 2020, when the Russell 2000—which lists domestic firms that suffered the most throughout coronavirus social restrictions—outperformed the other major US stock market averages, gaining 37%, a double digit advantage over the second-best performing 26.7% growth of the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100.

Having said that, these are patterns, so naturally, the reflation trade goes up and down like a seesaw in reaction to market and economic developments. At the moment, for example, futures on the Russell and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—two of the indexes that best reflect value, are up 0.6%, outperforming slightly.

European shares on the STOXX 600 overcame the negative inertia created by the Asian session where cyclical sectors underperformed.

Shares in Asia declined this morning, as traders were still smarting from the Fed’s first talk of tightening. Japan’s Nikkei 225 underperformed, falling 3.3%, crossing below 28,000 for the first time in a month.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note fell to the lowest since February before recovering. So, did 30-year yields, which have currently not just wiped out the decline but turned the move into gains.

10-year Treasuries Daily

The yield curve, measuring the spread between the 10- and 30-year yields, is the flattest since February.

10-year yields produced a hammer, a bullish signal, especially having neared the bottom of a rising channel, which could be the technical trigger that supports Wells Fargo’s forecast that 10-year yields will cross over the 2% mark in the coming months.

The dollar is at a fundamental and technical crossroads. Will it resume the massive falling channel since the 2020 peak—whose upside breakout was also a medium-term rising wedge—completing a double bottom, if it crosses over the 93.44, Mar. 31 high?

Dollar Index Daily

Alternatively, will the inflation outlook push it below the two bottoms, a potential neckline of a large H&S continuation pattern, required to take on the 2018 low to 2014 levels? 

Gold possesses a strong negative correlation with the dollar and has found support by its long-term uptrend line since May 2019. It may also be forming a H&S bottom, after falling back into the yellow metal’s falling channel since the August 2020 record peak.

Gold Daily

China intensified its crypto mining crackdown, pushing Bitcoin to the lowest level since Jan. 27.

The digital token found support from the lows since May.

Bitcoin Daily

If the price rebounds back above $41,000, we could anticipate the digital coin to test the April highs again. On the other hand, if BTC slips below $29,000 we expect it could fall considerably lower.

Oil slipped below $72, as US-Iran nuclear negotiations meandered, with the price fluctuating according to speculation on the timeline of Iranian oil’s return to market.

Oil Daily

Oil prices will have to move above $73 to break the Evening Star, increasing the risk of a dip toward a bullish triangle. The RSI may have already topped out, as the MACD’s short MA tests a bearish cross.

Up Ahead

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan and New York Fed President John Williams are among Fed speakers, as traders weigh up the central bank’s messaging shift, which has the potential to whipsaw assets
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde addresses the European Parliament Monday
Fed Chair Jerome Powell testifies at a House Subcommittee hearing on the Fed’s pandemic emergency lending and its asset purchase programs Tuesday.
Bank of England interest rate decision Thursday

Market Moves

Stocks

The FTSE 100 index rose 0.2%
The STOXX 600 was little changed
Futures on the S&P 500 rose 0.3%
Futures on the NASDAQ 100 rose 0.5%
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3%
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 1.5%
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 0.9%

Currencies

The Dollar Index was little changed
The British pound rose 0.2% to $1.3833
The euro rose 0.2% to $1.1885
The Japanese yen rose 0.1% to 110.05 per dollar
The offshore yuan fell 0.2% to 6.4740 per dollar

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 1.44%
Britain’s 10-year yield was little changed at 0.75%
Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at -0.20%

Commodities

Brent crude rose 0.4% to $73.80 a barrel
Spot gold rose 0.8% to $1,777.94 an ounce

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