Opening Bell: Stocks, Futures Rise On Lingering Stimulus Hopes; Gold Drops

Opening Bell: Stocks, Futures Rise On Lingering Stimulus Hopes; Gold Drops  | Aug 11, 2020 06:49

  • S&P 500 just 0.75% from record
  • Nasdaq’s first back-to-back selloff in 3 months
  • Gold falls the most since March bottom

Key Events

US futures for the Dow Jones, S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 all jumped on Tuesday, along with European and Asian shares.  The optimism was spurred by lingering hopes of a resolution to the Congressional stalemate regarding additional US fiscal stimulus and by what appear to be easing tensions on the Sino-US diplomatic front.  

Yields reached their highest level since late July, the dollar's rally fizzled and gold was sold off.

Global Financial Affairs

Contracts on the four main US benchmarks were at least 0.5% higher this morning, with small caps and the mega cap YM outperforming at time of writing.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index Index jumped at the open, hoisted by automobile manufacturers such as BMW (DE:BMWG) and Renault (PA:RENA) as well as travel and leisure stocks including International Airlines Group (LON:ICAG), cruise operator Carnival (LON:CCL) and InterContinental Hotels Group (LON:IHG), even after the latter posted a loss and halted its dividend.

STOXX 600 Daily

Though the pan-European benchmark completed a H&S bottom on the hourly chart—on a rising gap, confirming the rising channel bottom support—volume faded and a slew of indicators faced resistance.

Earlier Tuesday, Asian indices were mostly green as foreign investors increased regional holdings of emerging markets assets for the second straight month. However, China’s Shanghai Composite was uncharacteristically depressed, (-1.15%), as the US-China relationship was back in focus ahead of a meeting between top trade officials to review the first six months of the Phase 1 trade deal.

On Monday, during the Wall Street session, stock performance was uneven as investors sold off some big gainers that had pushed equities to near-record highs. The S&P 500 Index closed a mere 0.76% from its Feb. 19 record.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the NASDAQ fell 0.4% for the second consecutive day, for a total decline of 1.25%. This marks the tech-heavy benchmark’s first back-to-back selloff since May 13.

Yields, including for the 10-year Treasury note, reached their highest level since July 27.

UST 10Y Daily

Rates are struggling against the top of a falling channel.

The dollar's three-day rally ran out of steam, erasing Monday’s gains.

DXY Weekly

Technically, the greenback’s churning for over a week underscores the importance of this technical vortex—where the downtrend from the March high meets with the uptrend since the 2008 bottom. The USD reached the bottom of a rising channel since 2009, visible in the chart above.

Gold lost over 2%. It was the second, sharp selloff for the yellow metal within three days, for a total decline of 3.4% and the worst slump since the March bottom.

Gold Daily

Both the ROC and RSI momentum-based indicators topped out, while the price-based, lagging MACD appears about to be triggering a bearish cross—suggesting a sharper pullback toward the uptrend line, currently at $1,900.

Oil climbed for a second day, crossing midway to $43 a barrel, its highest level since March 5.

Oil Daily

WTI still seems to be trapped by the market dynamics following perhaps the worst falling gap in its history on March 9, which erased about a quarter of its value.

Up Ahead

Up Ahead


  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index increased 1.5%.
  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index advanced 0.4%.
  • Germany’s DAX gained 1.9%.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index moved up 1%.


  • The Dollar Index fell 0.2% to 93.46.
  • Sterling was little changed at 0.8981 per euro.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 106.20 per dollar.
  • The Turkish lira was flat at 7.2864 per dollar.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries climbed less than one basis point to 0.58%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries was unchanged at 0.13%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.14%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield increased less than one basis point to -0.52%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.7% to $42.25 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 1.1% to $2,004.78 an ounce.
  • Silver weakened 3.1% to $28.23 per ounce.
  • LME zinc sank 0.3% to $2,389 per metric ton.

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