Market Update – March 29/2022

Written by Stuart Cowell

USD holds gains (USDJPY broke 125.00) and Treasury market fell again with  US Treasury 5-to-30-yr yield curve remaining inverted suggesting economic slowdown & possible recession. US 10-yr slips back under 2.5%.  Oil markets slumped (-1.0%) again on worries from  Shanghai lockdown. US stocks rallied (NASDAQ +1.71%) growth stocks (TESLA +8%) gained as Banks & Energy stocks (Exxon -2.81%) fell. Asian markets higher (Nikkei & ASX +0.8%) except Chinese stocks.

BoE’s Bailey warned of a worse energy crisis than in the 70s, & highlighted that the BoE had already softened its rate guidance, even as it hiked rates again and flagged the chance of further tightening. Russian & Ukrainian negotiators meet in Istanbul later today. Limited expectations. Israel/Arab summit talked of united front to confront Iran. Biden proposed $5.79 trillion budget for next year increasing spending on Defence & raising taxes on wealthy. UK Met. Police to issue “Partygate” fines “imminently”.

Overnight  – AUD  Retail Sales better than expected (1.8% vs 0.9% & 1.8%)) & JPY Unemployment better (2.7% vs 2.8% & 2.8%)  German GfK Consumer confidence missed -15.5 vs -14.6 & -8.1 last time).

  • USD (USDIndex 99.00). Rallied to top at 99.35 yesterday.
  • US Yields 10-yr up to 2.53% new 3-yr highs yesterday, now down to 2.483%
  • Equities – USA500 +32.01 (+0.71%) 4575. US500 FUTS now at 4572 now. TSLA suggested another stock split and rallied over 8.0%, AMC up over +45% as the meme stocks raised their heads again.
  • USOil – Fell again (over 1.1%) to $102.80 yesterday, but has recovered $105.00.   
  • Gold – slipped to $1916 yesterday from Friday’s close $1955. Back to $1922 now.   
  • Bitcoin holds onto gains over 45K to top at 48.1K, yesterday, back to 47.5k now. 
  • FX markets – EURUSD back to test 1.1000, now after 1.0950 test yesterday,  USDJPY over 125.00 & new 7-yr highs back to 123.40 now as JP Government signals worries over weak Yen. Cable back to 1.3066 yesterday, recovered 1.3100 now.    

European Open – The June 10-year Bund future is down 33 ticks, while in cash markets the 2-year Treasury yield is up 2.8 bp. Curve flattening continues as markets fret about the risk that aggressive central bank action will sap demand. DAX and FTSE 100 futures are up 0.9% and 0.6% respectively, US futures are also slightly higher, after a largely positive session across Asia, with hopes of progress in scheduled peace talks between Russia and Ukraine this week helping to underpin confidence.

Today – US JOLTS, CB Consumer Confidence & Case-Schiller Housing Index. Speeches from Fed’s Williams, Bostic & Harker, ECB’s Kazimir. EARNINGS – Micron & Lululemon.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) USDJPY (-0.34%) BOJ & Japanese Government  raise concerns over weak Yen, following break of 125.00. MAs turned lower, MACD signal line & histogram now  cooling, RSI 49.55, OB but rising, H1 ATR 0.403, Daily ATR 1.123.

About the author

Stuart Cowell

With over 25 years experience working for a host of globally recognized organisations in the City of London, Stuart Cowell is a passionate advocate of keeping things simple, doing what is probable and understanding how the news, charts and sentiment work together to provide trading opportunities across all asset classes and all time frames.

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