Opening Bell: Futures, Stocks Falter; USD Slump Halts; Gold Rally Cools

Opening Bell: Futures, Stocks Falter; USD Slump Halts; Gold Rally Cools

Investing.com  | Jul 28, 2020 06:53

  • Dollar bounced on Treasury demand despite narrative of Fed reinforcing dovish message
  • Gold rally cools after PM notches new record

Key Events

US futures for the Dow Jones, S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000, along with European stocks, all wavered on Tuesday after a mixed Asian session.

The slumping dollar rebounded, cooling the powerful gold and silver rallies.

Global Financial Affairs

This morning, contracts on the major US indices erased early gains, edging lower at time of writing, signaling there may not be a repeat of yesterday’s rally of the underlying benchmarks. 

The STOXX Europe 600 Index gained briefly, led by energy and construction companies, before backtracking. Markets await the conclusion of the Fed's July meeting, which ends tomorrow, as well as further information regarding the size of additional jobless benefits from the US Congress, which has become an object of bitter contention between Democrats and Republicans as accelerating COVID-19 cases continue roiling the American and global economies.

At the same time, Monday's announcement that Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) has just started the third and final phase of clinical trials for its coronavirus vaccine, with additional candidates about to enter phase three in the coming weeks, offset concerns over the rising pandemic and a return to full lockdowns.

Now may be an appropriate time to remind readers that experts we've quoted in the past have insisted that no vaccine is likely to completely eradicate this mutating virus. As well, even if a one-and-done inoculation were to be found, due to logistics it is probably impossible to get the vaccine to a large portion of the global population.

An additional theme traders seem to have forgotten about—for now at least—is the brewing cold war between the US and China, and the upheaval it could cause, dismantling the global supply chain structure amid the worst pandemic in a hundred years. Of course, both sides have much to lose should the diplomatic tensions escalate, but that didn’t stop participants from engaging in last century's Soviet-US cold war either.

Today, Asian stocks showed uneven results following yesterday's Wall Street rebound after a two day selloff at the end of last week. Chinese shares enjoyed the reprieve from tensions with the world’s largest economy. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.7%, as did Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index.

However, South Korea’s KOSPI outperformed, (+1.8%), boosted by Samsung Electronics (KS:005930), which rallied on the growing view that the company would gain from Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) plan to outsource more manufacturing. South Korean shares attracted net demand, to the tune of $109 billion, the most since Sep 2013.

Treasury yields, including for the 10-year note, were whipsawed.

UST 10Y Daily

Yields gave up a fourth day of gains, developing a shooting star, as bond bulls were burned when rates touched the falling channel top.

Demand for Treasuries spurred a bounce in the dollar along with yields.

DXY Daily

However, the greenback may face its own resistance, the bottom of falling channel, corresponding to the resistance for yield from the same pattern.

The stronger dollar pressured gold, causing it to drop for the first time in eight days after it made a new record high, after its longest winning streak since 2011.

Gold Daily

The yellow metal reached the extremely overbought RSI level of 81.29, the highest since June 2014. Nevertheless, we see a support at the $1900 levels, above the rising channel from which it broke free of on Thursday.

Dollar strength and gold weakness weighed on Bitcoin

BTCUSD Weekly

The cryptocurrency retreated below $11,000 after breaking above that level for the first time in nearly a year. The move completed a bottom for the digital currency.

Oil shifted slightly lower, trading at the midway point to $42 per barrel. This makes it the 13th consecutive day WTI remains above $40 a barrel.

Oil Daily

The commodity must break free of the 200 DMA to gain traders’ confidence, after completing an ascending triangle.

Up Ahead

  • Earnings releases this week include tech mega caps Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), as well as internet behemoths Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). 
  • The Federal Open Market Committee holds its policy meeting on Tuesday, with an announcement due on Wednesday.
  • U.S. second-quarter GDP is expected to print on Thursday.
  • China PMI data is released on Friday.

Market Moves

Stocks

  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced 0.4%.
  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.2%.
  • NASDAQ futures increased 0.4%.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.3%.

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index advanced 0.4% to 93.90.
  • The euro declined 0.2% to $1.1731.
  • The British pound fell 0.1% to $1.2872.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 105.50 per dollar.
  • Bitcoin strengthened 1% to $10,997.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced less than one basis point to 0.62%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to 0.127%.
  • France’s 10-year yield climbed one basis point to -0.181%.
  • Australia’s 10-year yield climbed three basis points to 0.925%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude advanced 0.2% to $41.68 a barrel.
  • Silver weakened 0.9% to $24.36 per ounce.
  • Spot gold slipped 0.2% to $1,937.70 an ounce.

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