Opening Bell: COVID-19, Trade War Tensions Pressure Futures, Global Stocks

Opening Bell: COVID-19, Trade War Tensions Pressure Futures, Global Stocks  | May 12, 2020 06:34

  • Asia, U.S. futures, European shares all waver on pandemic-related fears
  • USD dips

Key Events

US futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 slipped on Tuesday and European equities struggled to hold a small advance after stocks in Asia dropped on heightening tensions related to the worst global pandemic in a century. Along with worries about a second wave of COVID-19 flare-ups as lockdowns ease worldwide, trade-related anxieties between China and the US, the world’s two largest economies, have re-ignited.

Yields fluctuated, the dollar gave up an advance and oil struggled.

Global Financial Affairs

Global markets and contracts on all of the four major US indices slid into the red this morning, after the Trump administration escalated its threats against China for the way Beijing has handled the coronavirus outbreak.

The most recent salvo: the US president wants to force the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which manages a $557 billion retirement fund for federal employees and members of the US military, to divest all Chinese assets or index funds that may include those assets. The move came at the same time as China opening applications to remove retaliatory tariffs from US imports.

All of which may, or may not, be related to a plunge in China’s factory prices, released this morning, which revealed the real economic impact of the virus on the Asian nation.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was lifted by Healthcare and Telecom shares after an earlier drop.

Asian shares all finished lower. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng took the brunt of the selloff, (-1.4%), while China’s Shanghai Composite outperformed again, (-0.1%), again, despite being in the crosshairs of all pandemic headwinds.

The yield on the US 10-year Treasury fluctuated as the dollar gave up a second-day rally.

DXY Daily

The USD found resistance at the May highs, within a bullish range that's been developing since March, counterintuitively, after a fall.

Gold rose.

Gold Daily

Trading of the precious metal is congesting into the corner of a triangular range since April 4, when the price completed a H&S continuation pattern. The direction of the pattern’s breakout will signal where the next leg is headed.

The much anticipated Bitcoin halving, which reduces the rate at which new tokens are created, has occurred—and the sky hasn't fallen.


The price of the cryptocurrency remains at ease. It's still at the intersection between the uptrend since the March low and the downtrend within the June high. It appears that technicals have now taken over, with no new trend yet clear. Whichever trend dominates will drive the next leg; we’re betting on the longer trend.

For the last three hours oil has been moving higher, gaining barely $0.75. That's not an impressive figure, but this apparently meaningless move indicates the beaten down commodity has increased by 3% which has more gravity.

Oil Daily

The ascent comes after Saudi Arabia committed to further production cuts. Technically, a rise above $30 would signal a bottom.

Up Ahead

Market Moves


  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index decreased 0.4%.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.1%.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.8%.


  • The Dollar Index retreated 0.1%.
  • The euro increased 0.1% to $1.0818.
  • The British pound was little changed at $1.2339.
  • The Japanese yen strengthened 0.1% to 107.60 per dollar.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped less than one basis point to 0.71%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to -0.49%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield was unchanged at 0.28%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 2.5% to $24.74 a barrel.
  • Gold strengthened 0.2% to $1,701.10 an ounce.

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Ed Crain
Ed Crain

If analysts were any good, they'd be multimillionaires. Not a single one posting on this site is.  ... (Read More)

May 13, 2020 07:50 GMT· Reply
Farhad Vali
Farhad Vali

Non of these analysis and charts matter. Trade war is meaningful when there is an economy and cosumer purchase power is there. I think analysts should leave the charts and walk outside with masks and gloves for a day. Then you will know the future of thess charts.  ... (Read More)

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