Opening Bell: U.S. Futures, Global Stocks Rise; Oil Falls; Gold Pushes Higher

Opening Bell: U.S. Futures, Global Stocks Rise; Oil Falls; Gold Pushes Higher  | Oct 12, 2020 08:01

  • Stimulus hopes in the US continue boosting markets
  • China's economic recovery along with reduced yuan regulation is adding to the optimism
  • Oil falls on increased supply to retest $40
  • Coronavirus cases in Europe continue to escalating

Key Events

US futures, including for the S&P, Dow Jones and NASDAQ, as well as European stocks followed Asia higher on Monday as positive economic news out of China lifted sentiment. However, at the time of writing, contracts on the Russell 2000 had reversed lower. As well, a surge in European cases of COVID-19, offset some of the upbeat mood.

The dollar is slumping as gold pushes higher.

Global Financial Affairs

Investor sentiment was buoyed by news of the quick recovery in China. The world’s second largest economy is the only major economy to avoid a recession as a result of coronavirus lockdowns and is now forecast to grow 1.5% this year.

Among US contracts, NASDAQ futures outperformed this morning, extending their lead from Friday. The tech index posted a 4.6% increase last week, its strongest weekly gain since July.

Banks led the European Stoxx 600 into the green in early trade on Monday, while travel stocks fell as British and Italian authorities contemplate tightening restrictions on their travel corridor, and Germany looks to reduce travel and gatherings.

After an eight-day holiday, China went back to work, leading Asian indices higher, with the Shanghai Composite (+2.6%) and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (+2.2%) far outperforming after the PBOC eased regulations on shorting the yuan. The central bank removed the requirement that financial institutions have to set aside 20% of the previous month’s yuan forward settlement amount as foreign exchange risk.

US indices, including the Dow and Russell 2000 climbed Friday for the third day in a row, sealing in the biggest weekly gain since early July, after President Donald Trump said he wanted a bigger stimulus package than the $2.2 trillion that Congressional Democrats have been fighting for.

That about-face followed the president tweeting earlier last week that negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should stop until after the Nov. 3 presidential election. On Saturday, the White House flip-flopped yet again, saying it wanted the aid package to come in at $1.8 trillion. Updates on negotiations are expected to continue dominating markets for the coming weeks.

The S&P 500 completed a H&S bottom ending the index's short-term downtrend.

S&P Daily

The move implies a target that exceeds the Sept. 2 all-time high.

Bond markets are closed for the Columbus Day holiday in the US. Yields finished Friday little changed, after Treasuries, including the 10-year note, whipsawed between gains and losses.

The dollar appears to have ended its short-term uptrend.

Dollar Index Daily

The greenback is resuming its medium-term downtrend, in place since the March highs.

Gold may have extended an upside breakout to a bullish rising wedge, though it might still resume a downward path according to its current rising flag and its preceding bearish symmetrical triangle.

Gold Daily

A break above $1,950 would increase the chances that the bulls will have the final say.

Bitcoin climbed for a sixth straight day, upending a bearish pattern.

Bitcoin Daily

This may lead the cryptocurrency to another, larger top—confirming a massive H&S bottom since Aug. 19.

Oil fell and is retesting $40 with supply constraints easing. Libya’s largest oil field is expected to return to full capacity in 10 days.

WTI Daily

The return of operations in the US Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Delta, has raised the prospect of further supply. Oil’s fall from the Sept. 18 highs increases the chances of a continuation pattern, to extend the decline following the bearish rising wedge.

Up Ahead

  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a deadline of Thursday to thrash out the outline of a future trade deal with the European Union, ahead of the U.K. leaving the EU at the end of this year.
  • This week is the start of the US Q3 earnings season with results from banks such as JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), and healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) upcoming.
  • IMF/World Bank meetings continue.

Market Moves



  • The Dollar Index was little changed at 93.10.
  • The euro decreased 0.1% to $1.1816.
  • The British pound rose 0.1% to $1.3049.
  • The Japanese yen strengthened 0.1% to 105.48 per dollar.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was unchanged at 0.77%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries was steady at 0.15%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield dipped two basis points to -0.54%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield decreased one basis point to 0.269%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 1.1% to $40.08 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 0.2% to $1,927.16 an ounce.
  • LME copper fell 0.3% to $6,750 per metric ton.

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