(Bloomberg) — European shares rallied after dovish comments by Federal Reserve officials and the prospect of more economic stimulus by China brought some risk appetite back to markets as investors continue to evaluate the potential impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
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Treasuries jumped, catching up with Monday’s global government bond rally, when cash trading in the US was closed. The yield on the policy-sensitive two-year Treasury dropped by the most since the end of August, while the benchmark 10-year had its best day since March. US equity futures rose and the dollar extended its losing streak to a fifth day.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index climbed more than 1%, heading for its best day in a month, with all industry sectors in the green. Miners led the advance after Bloomberg reported that China is preparing to unleash a new round of stimulus measures which may support metal p[rices. Anglo American Plc advanced more than 5%, while Glencore Plc and Rio Tinto Plc added more than 3% each.
At the end of last week, traders had boosted bets on another Fed hike this after US employment unexpectedly surged in September. That narrative switched on Monday, however, as central bank officials tamped down the speculation. Fed Vice Chair Philip Jefferson said officials could “proceed carefully” following the recent rise in Treasury yields, and Fed Bank of Dallas President Lorie Logan said the surge in long-term rates may mean less need for further tightening. Another slate of Fed speakers today may add to the picture.
“The latest comments from Fed speakers have had a clear risk-on influence on the market,” said Benjamin Melman, global chief investment officer at Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management. “There’s been a clear change of tone.”
China is considering raising its budget deficit for 2023 to help the economy meet the government’s annual growth target, Bloomberg reported. Policymakers are weighing the issuance of at least 1 trillion yuan ($137 billion) of additional sovereign debt for spending on infrastructure such as water conservancy projects.
An escalation of tensions in the Middle East, however, remains a risk for markets, with Israel mobilizing its military forces near Gaza, and questions being asked about Iran’s role in the bloody incursion. The latest conflict comes at a time of ongoing geopolitical concerns, with markets also facing a period of moderating global economic growth, according to Solita Marcelli, chief investment officer Americas at UBS Global Wealth Management.
“Against this backdrop, we continue to prefer fixed income to equities,” Marcelli said. “We see a better risk-reward profile for fixed income, and we recommend investors consider buying high-quality bonds in the five- to 10-year maturity range. We foresee further cooling in inflation and slower global growth.”
Another risk for US stocks may come from fiscal policy constraints at a time when the Fed is still fighting high inflation, according to Morgan Stanley’s Michael Wilson. The strategist — among the most prominent bearish voices on Wall Street — said while the US government narrowly avoided a shutdown last week, “the lack of a resilient long-term structure that supports fiscal discipline” could have an impact on financial markets.
Key events this week:
US wholesale inventories, Tuesday
Fed’s Raphael Bostic, Christopher Waller, Neel Kashkari and Mary Daly speak at separate events, Tuesday
Germany CPI, Wednesday
NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Wednesday
Russia Energy Week in Moscow, with officials from OPEC members and others, Wednesday
US PPI, Wednesday
Minutes of Fed’s September policy meeting, Wednesday
Fed’s Michelle Bowman and Raphael Bostic speak at separate events, Wednesday
Japan machinery orders, PPI, Thursday
Bank of Japan’s Asahi Noguchi speaks, Thursday
UK industrial production, Thursday
US initial jobless claims, CPI, Thursday
European Central Bank publishes account of September policy meeting, Thursday
Fed’s Raphael Bostic speaks, Thursday
China CPI, PPI, trade, Friday
Eurozone industrial production, Friday
US University of Michigan consumer sentiment, Friday
Citigroup, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, BlackRock results as the quarterly earnings season kicks off, Friday
G20 finance ministers and central bankers meet as part of IMF gathering, Friday
ECB President Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speak on IMF panel, Friday
Fed’s Patrick Harker speaks, Friday
Some of the main moves in markets:
The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 1.4% as of 9:43 a.m. London time
S&P 500 futures rose 0.2%
Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.2%
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2%
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 1.2%
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose 0.7%
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
The euro rose 0.3% to $1.0598
The Japanese yen fell 0.2% to 148.81 per dollar
The offshore yuan was little changed at 7.2889 per dollar
The British pound rose 0.2% to $1.2266
Bitcoin rose 0.4% to $27,684.23
Ether rose 0.9% to $1,590.84
The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined 14 basis points to 4.66%
Germany’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 2.79%
Britain’s 10-year yield was little changed at 4.47%
Brent crude was little changed
Spot gold fell 0.2% to $1,857.86 an ounce
This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.
–With assistance from Julien Ponthus and Tassia Sipahutar.
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