Opening Bell: Futures, Stocks Waver On Disappointing Earnings, Weaker Dollar

Opening Bell: Futures, Stocks Waver On Disappointing Earnings, Weaker Dollar  | Jul 29, 2020 06:56

  • US futures rose after wobbling earlier
  • Gold extends longest rally since 2011, but beware of pullback
  • Yields slightly higher, but likely to reverse to record low

Key Events

US futures for the Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 edged higher on Thursday, while European shares were flat. Regional indices and US contracts all fluctuated this morning as earnings haven't shown a clear path to recovery amid ongoing COVID-19 spikes.

As well, traders are eyeing today's FOMC Statement for additional clues to upcoming stimulus possibilities.

Yields continued slowly heading lower. Gold extended its longest rally since 2011.

Global Financial Affairs

Contracts on the S&P 500 index were slightly higher today, after a three-hour advance.

SPX Futures 60-Minute Chart

However, the ES erased the previous hour’s gains as of 4:15 EDT, having found resistance by the top of an hourly falling channel, setting up to be the right shoulder of an hourly S&P top.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index recouped losses made at the open, and has reversed higher at time of writing. Shares of UK lender Barclays (LON:BARC) dropped after the lender said it had set aside more funds than estimated to absorb losses from bad loans amid the pandemic.

Earlier, a mixed Asian session also didn’t provide any clarity on investor sentiment, after yesterday’s losses on Wall Street. Reports of dismal corporate earnings reports added to the pessimism. Japan’s Nikkei 225 slumped (-1.2%) after Fitch downgraded its outlook for the country to “negative” from “stable.”

China’s Shanghai Composite soared (+2.1%), its biggest jump in over a week, fueled by buying after a dip.

During Tuesday's New York session, US investors dumped equities on weaker than expected corporate results and the US's escalating coronavirus case count. The S&P 500 erased all Monday’s gains after McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD), 3M (NYSE:MMM) and Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) all disappointed.

An even worse decline was offset by Pfizer's (NYSE:PFE) better than expected outlook, after Monday's announcement its collaboration with German biotech BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX) to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 had just started a late-stage human trial. And shares of Eastman Kodak (NYSE:KODK) soared on news the former photography giant had secured a US government loan to speed up domestic drug production.

On Tuesday, the Fed extended most of its emergency lending programs by three months, due to the pandemic's worse-than-expected impact on the US economy. Investors whether to view that move as good or bad news.

Meanwhile, a drop in consumer confidence may have already bolstered the case that the miraculous V-shaped recovery might be nothing more than an economic dead-cat bounce. At the same time, several states interrupted reopening plans, fearing they would increase contagion levels.

Yields, including for the 10-year Treasury, resumed a downward spiral, in motion since early July.

UST 10Y Daily

Rates remained within a falling channel, heading toward record lows.

The dollar erased yesterday's gains as traders await today's Fed statement.

DXY Daily

The greenback found resistance by the bottom of its broken falling channel, suggesting a sharper rate of descent, indicated by the dotted parallel lines. For now, the upcoming moves of the global reserve currency are in the hands of the Fed.

Gold climbed for a ninth session, its longest ascent since 2011.

Gold Daily

Still, beware of a profit-taking pullback after yesterday’s high wave candle. That denotes bewildered uncertainty and an extremely overbought condition.

BTC/USD Weekly

Bitcoin recouped yesterday’s losses, maintaining the upside breakout of a H&S bottom.

Oil trimmed yesterday's declines.

Oil Daily

WTI traded within a falling channel, bullish following the upside breakout of an ascending triangle. An upside breakout of the flag would suggest an end to the return-move and a jump higher.

Up Ahead

  • The Federal Open Market Committee’s announcement is scheduled for today.
  • Earnings reports released later today include Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB); Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) report on Friday.
  • U.S. second quarter GDP prints on Thursday.
  • China PMI data is announced on Friday.

Market Moves


  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.1%.
  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.1%.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index decreased 0.3%.


  • The Dollar Index dipped 0.4% to 93.51, the lowest in almost 14 months months.
  • The euro jumped 0.3% to 1.1749.
  • The British pound was little changed at 1.2936.
  • The Japanese yen strengthened 0.1% to 104.97 per dollar.
  • The New Zealand dollar was little changed at $0.666.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was unchanged at 0.58%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield slipped one basis point to 0.096%.
  • France’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to -0.202%.
  • Australia’s 10-year yield decreased four basis points to 0.882%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.5% to $41.26 a barrel.
  • Silver weakened 0.1% to $24.37 per ounce.
  • Gold was little changed at $1,958.81 an ounce.

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