Market Update – April 19/2022

Written by Andria Pichidi

Markets are back today. European as well as US stock futures are moving higher, after a mixed close across the Asia-Pacific region overnight.  Heightened geopolitical risks weighed on confidence and mainland China bourses failed to get a real boost from the PBoC’s pledge to support the economy.  The Ukraine war and central bank moves will remain in focus, amid further signs of weakening growth and rising inflation in particular in Europe. Hawkish IMF and World Bank meetings are a highlight this week and the World Bank already slashed its growth forecast. RBA:  closer to raising interest rates for the first time in more than a decade due to accelerating inflation.

The World Bank lowered its forecast for 2022 growth. The markets also monitored a Goldman Sachs estimate of a 35% risk for a recession over the next two years.  – 15-month crisis response package of around $170 bln.

  • Yields – The 10-year Treasury yield is down -0.6 bp at 2.85%, while the German 10-year has lifted 2.1 bp to 0.86%, after the extended break.
  • Stocks waffled between gains and losses through the session, but finally settled slightly lower with losses of -0.1% on the Dow and NASDAQ, and a -0.02% dip in the USA500Nikkei closed 0.7% higher. China bourses underperformed and the Hang Seng plunged -2.5% after returning from the extended weekend.
  • USDIndex remains on bid, at 100.99 highs.
  • Oil edged up to $109.81, from an overnight low of $106 amid the continued supply-demand tug of war. Supply was more of a focal point as two Libyan ports were shut amid anti government protests and the National Oil Corporation declared a force majeure on loadings. Currently steady above $107.00.
  • Bitcoin spiked to $41,223.
  • FX markets – EURUSDchoppy around 1.0780Cable tumbled below 1.3000AUDUSD +0.3% supported by RBA minutes at 0.7385.

Today – There is little on this week’s calendar data-wise and today’s slate has just the Housing Starts and Building permits from US. There is Fedspeak from Evans and SNB’s Chairman Jordan.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) CADJPY (+1.40%) Breached 102.00. MAs still aligned higher, MACD signal line & histogram moving higher, RSI 91 but flattening, H1 ATR 0.197, Daily ATR 0.892.

About the author

Andria Pichidi

Having completed her five-year-long studies in the UK, Andria Pichidi has been awarded a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bath and a MSc degree in Mathematics, while she holds a postgraduate diploma (PGdip) in Actuarial Science from the University of Leicester.

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