Stocks Slip Amid Earnings Deluge; Yuan Retreats: Markets Wrap
Asian stocks began the week lower as investors questioned earnings results against lofty expectations and prepared for key policy meetings from the worlds biggest central banks. The onshore yuan added to last weeks slump, driven in part by Chinas moves to ease monetary conditions.
Equities fell from Tokyo to Sydney. U.S. and U.K. equity futures signaled declines when trading begins in New York and London, after the S&P 500 Index closed weaker Friday. The yen steadied and Japans benchmark 10-year bond yield climbed to the highest since February 2017, amid speculation the Bank of Japan may discuss adjusting its ultra-loose monetary policy this week. The dollar ticked higher alongside U.S. Treasury yields.
Central-bank policy decisions and a slew of earnings reports, including from Apple Inc., are set to dominate moves in financial markets this week. Investors will focus on whether the BOJ will fine tune its policy and look for any indications the Federal Reserve is shying away from two more interest-rate hikes before the end of this year.
Elsewhere, oil rose toward $69 a barrel on a draft proposal to roll back U.S. automobile efficiency requirements that may increase fuel consumption. Gold and copper fell.
Here are some key events coming up this week:
Earnings season continues with Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, Barclays, Tesla, Toyota, BMW, and Rio Tinto among companies reporting results. Central banks in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Brazil and India all meet this week. The BOJ may tweak its yield-curve control policy and cut its CPI forecasts, while the Bank of England is expected to hike even amid Brexit gloom. The Fed is seen standing pat, as is Brazils central bank. The RBI will probably raise its benchmark. U.S. personal spending and income data for June -- coming Tuesday -- may be steady. Then its the jobs report on Friday, which is predicted to show a healthy labor market, with 193,000 new jobs, and an unemployment rate slipping back to 3.9 percent. Chinas PMIs probably edged down in July, analysts say, buffeted by a deleveraging agenda and a trade war.These are the main moves in markets:
Japans Topix fell 0.4 percent at the close in Tokyo, ending a four-day gain. Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index retreated 0.9 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.6 percent. Australias S&P/ASX 200 Index lost 0.4 percent. Futures on the S&P 500 were down 0.3 percent. The underlying measure fell 0.7 percent Friday. Futures on the U.K.s FTSE 100 Index fell 0.6 percent.
The yen was flat at 111.05 per dollar. The offshore yuan was down 0.3 percent to 6.8410 per dollar. The euro was flat at $1.1660. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was up 0.1 percent.
BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries ticked higher to near 2.96 percent. Japans 10-year bond yield edged up to 0.105 percent.
West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.4 percent to $68.93 a barrel. Gold slid 0.3 percent to $1,220.60 an ounce. Copper on the LME was little changed at $6,297 per ton.Rašyti komentarą