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Global stock markets are falling as inflation and economic concerns remain

On Thursday, global shares slumped to an 18-month low, as investors worried that rising inflation would endure, forcing central banks to continue tightening monetary policy. Stocks in the United States closed a choppy session marginally down, as investors juggled concerns over lingering inflation with evidence that it may be peaking. Since plunging from its all-time high in January, the S&P 500 has come dangerously close to confirming a bear market.

A German warning that Russia was now using energy supply as a “weapon” heightened economic concerns in Europe. The STOXX 600 index was down 0.75 percent throughout Europe. As of 5:09 p.m. ET, the MSCI global stock index was down 0.69 percent (2109 GMT). Oil prices were uneven as a result of supply concerns stemming from the planned European Union embargo on Russian oil. Brent crude dropped 6 cents to $107.45 per barrel. WTI crude oil increased 42 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $106.13 a barrel.

The producer price index for final demand grew 0.5 percent in April, less than the 1.6 percent increase in March, according to the US Labor Department, as growing energy prices slowed. Consumer price growth fell to 8.3 percent in April from 8.5 percent in March, but it still beat experts’ expectations of 8.1 percent.

“Since the Fed hiked rates… and the accompanying robust US jobs market, and CPI statistics have reinforced worries over the scale of the task confronting the Fed,” ANZ bank analysts stated. Overnight, the leading pan-Asian Pacific indices fell 2.5 percent to a 22-month low. The Nikkei 225 lost 1.8 percent. Stocks in emerging markets fell 2.28 percent.

Treasury yields have fallen. After the benchmark US government bond fell to a morning low of 2.816 percent, the yield on 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR plummeted 7.1 basis points to 2.843 percent. Germany’s benchmark 10-year yield fell as much as 15 basis points to 0.85 percent, its lowest level in over two weeks.

With the collapse of the so-called stablecoin TerraUSD, selling in bitcoin, and a 15% drop in the next-largest cryptocurrency, ether, the crash in cryptocurrency markets proceeded .Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalization with a value directly linked to the dollar, has fallen below its so-called “peg” to the dollar. Crypto markets have already lost over $1 trillion due to the worldwide sell-off. This week, about a third of that loss occurred. “The breakdown of the peg in TerraUSD has resulted in several unpleasant and foreseeable consequences. BTC, ETH, and most ALT coins have suffered widespread liquidation “Other cryptocurrencies, stated Richard Usher, head of OTC trading at BCB Group.

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In the idle markets, XAU/USD remains protective at $1,800

As global markets battle for clear directions to extend the previous optimism, gold (XAU/USD) prices drop from intraday highs, being range-bound near $1,813-18. During a sluggish Asian session on Wednesday, the precious metal maintained its previous day’s fall from the 200-DMA.

The current Fed speak is more hawkish than previous ones, but reports about the EU’s oil ban on Russian imports, as well as China’s COVID restrictions, put optimists to the test. Despite this, traders remain optimistic due to stronger GDP data from Japan and the Euro zone, buoyant Retail Sales from the US, and the UK’s robust jobs report.

“The Fed should boost rates to 2.25 percent -2.5 percent neutral ranges ‘expeditiously,'” Fed policymaker Evans seems to have weighed on the market’s mood by raising fears of a fast rate hike. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and normally hawkish St Louis Fed President James Bullard argued for a 50 basis point rate hike on Tuesday, putting pressure on the dollar.

In terms of the report, initial Euro zone GDP for Q1 2022 increased past 5.0 percent YoY to 5.1 percent, as well as above 0.2 percent QoQ estimates to 0.3 percent. In April, however, US retail sales increased by 0.9 percent MoM, somewhat higher than the projected 0.7 percent but lower than the upwardly revised 1.4 percent gain (from 0.5 percent). Japan’s preliminary GDP figures for Q1 2022 climbed past -0.4 percent estimates to -0.2 percent QoQ, while Annualized GDP improved to -1.0 percent from -1.8 percent expected.

The Financial Times (FT) reports that China is diverting anti-poverty funds to COVID testing as the crisis worsens, adding to the market’s concerns about the European Commission’s (EC) decision to move away from Russian energy imports. In this environment, US 10-year Treasury rates increased by 0.5 basis points (bps) to 2.988 percent, while S&P 500 Futures struggle to find a clear direction despite Wall Street’s strong advances.

However, if the US Dollar Index, which is currently flat near 103.35, benefits from the latest cautious optimism, gold traders may see additional losses. The greenback gauge could be influenced by second-tier housing figures as well as qualitative factors such as corona virus and geopolitics.

Despite maintaining inside a $5.00 trading range recently, gold prices have maintained the prior day’s retreat from the 200-DMA. XAU/USD may return an annual horizontal support range between $1,790-85, given the bearish MACD signals and the metal’s failure to cross the major moving average, which was around $1,838 by press time.

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Big tech and banks are driving Wall Street higher; the Dow is up 2%

On Monday, US equities finished higher as bank gains and a resurgence in market-leading tech companies fueled a broad-based rally following Wall Street’s largest weekly fall since the dotcom bust more than two decades ago. All three major US market indexes rose between 1.6 and 2.0 percent, with resurgent megacap tech titans Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp providing the biggest boost.

Interest rate-sensitive banks rose 5.1 percent after JPMorgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. lender, boosted its current year interest income outlook. The stock of JPMorgan Chase increased by 6.2 percent. “It appears to be more of a relief rally than a fundamental shift in market attitude,” said Oliver Pursche, senior vice president at Wealthspire Advisors in New York. “Investors as a group believe another shoe is about to drop, and they are probably correct in the short run.” On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 18.7% from its record closing high set on Jan. 3. If the benchmark index closes 20% or more below that high, it will confirm that the market has been in a downtrend since then.

Concerns over consistently rising inflation and strong moves by the Federal Reserve to contain it have roiled markets in recent weeks, as the global economy deals with the consequences from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Today, it appears the market is less concerned about inflation and the Fed’s ability to orchestrate a smooth landing,” said Chuck Carlson, president and CEO of Horizon Investment Services in Hammond, Indiana. Carlson said that “the bias is still to the downside.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 618.34 points, or 1.98 percent, to 31,880.24, the S&P 500 increased by 72.39 points, or 1.86 percent, to 3,973.75, and the NASDAQ Composite increased by 180.66 points, or 1.59 percent, to 11,535.28. On Wednesday, the Fed will disclose minutes from its most recent policy meeting, giving investors a glimpse into its thinking. This week’s economic statistics may provide more evidence that inflation peaked in March, as well as if high prices have harmed consumer purchasing power.

The S&P 500’s 11 major sectors all closed the session in the green, with financials leading the way with a 3.2 percent gain. The first-quarter reporting season is virtually over, with 474 of the S&P 500 businesses having released results. According to Refinitiv, 78 percent of them exceeded expectations. According to Refinitiv, current quarter pre-announcements are typically pessimistic, with 59 negative estimates and 32 positive, compared to 37 negative and 52 positive in the year-ago quarter.

VMWare Inc’s stock jumped 24.8 percent on news that chipmaker Broadcom Inc was in talks to buy the cloud service provider over the weekend. Broadcom’s stock fell 3.1 percent. Didi Global’s U.S.-listed shares fell 4.0 percent after shareholders voted to de-list the Chinese ride-hailing app from the New York Stock Exchange.

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Global oil prices have risen again as EU negotiates with Hungary

Oil prices increased on Thursday, extending a cautious advance this week on signals of constrained supply, as the European Union (EU) negotiates with Hungary over plans to prohibit imports from Russia, the world’s second-largest crude supplier, following its invasion of Ukraine. At 0142 GMT, Brent crude futures for July settlement were up 7 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $114.10 per barrel. WTI crude futures for July delivery in the United States rose 22 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $110.55 a barrel.

“An EU embargo on Russian oil imports is the key upward driver,” Commonwealth Bank commodities analyst. On Wednesday, European Council President Charles Michel expressed confidence that a deal may be struck before the council’s next meeting on May 30. However, Hungary continues to be a stumbling barrier to the EU penalties that require unanimous agreement. Hungary is requesting 750 million Euros ($800 million) to improve its refineries and expand a pipeline from Croatia, allowing it to transition away from Russian oil.

Even without a formal ban, Russian oil is scarce on the market as buyers and traders avoid interacting with the country’s crude and fuel providers. Cargoes from Baltic ports are taking lengthier routes to Asian refineries, according to ANZ analysts, while exports to the Netherlands and France have all but ceased. The Permian Basin’s expected growth in oil output to a record high of 5.2 million barrels per day (bpd) is unlikely to close the 2 million to 3 million bpd gap left by lost Russian supply analyst said.

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Gold prices are declining as the Fed maintains its aggressive policy stance

On Thursday, gold prices fell, with some investors profiting after minutes from a US Federal Reserve policy meeting revealed that the central bank was likely to maintain its interest-rate hikes. The price of spot gold fell 0.1 percent to $1,851.57 per ounce. Gold futures in the United States rose 0.2 percent to $1,849.8. According to Brian Lan, managing director of dealer Gold Silver Central, the Fed’s resolve to hiking rates has influenced gold a little, with some profits being taken as the news sinks in, and prices could drop to $1,820 or so.

On Wednesday, gold recovered some of its losses caused by the dollar’s rise as minutes from the Fed’s May meeting suggested the central bank would not become more aggressive, instead raising interest rates by 50 basis points in June and July to combat inflation. In the long run, however, investors who are aware that a recession is on the horizon are looking for a high-value asset that can help them get through this period, and gold will shine, according to Lan.

The opportunity cost of owning bullion, which returns nothing, rises as short-term interest rates and bond yields rise in the United States. During financial crises, however, gold is seen as a safe-haven asset. The Fed’s decision to add two more half-percentage-point raises and then wait to see how they affect the economy was good for gold, but the market’s reaction has been disappointing, according to Michael McCarthy, chief strategy officer at Tiger Brokers in Australia.

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Crude Oil Climbed Whether Russia’s Oil Imports Will Be Banned by the EU

Crude oil closed yesterday at 9080, up 2.06%, as traders awaited news on whether the European Union would agree to an embargo on Russian oil imports. On Monday and Tuesday, the EU will gather to consider the sixth package of sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow refers to as a “special military operation.”

When the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russia, meet on Thursday, they are expected to reject Western efforts to accelerate output increases, underscoring market tightness. They will maintain to their existing plans to increase output by 432,000 barrels per day in July. Russia slightly increased oil production to 10.17 million barrels per day (bpd) between May 1 and 29, according to the TASS news agency, although output is still over 1 million bpd lower than when the West placed sanctions on Moscow. After some clients postponed or denied Russian barrels owing to sanctions, production from the world’s third-largest producer after the United States and Saudi Arabia fell by almost 10% to 10.05 million bpd in April from February. On May 1-29, TASS reported that output had been marginally restored to 10.17 million bpd.

Technically, the market is seeing fresh buying, with open interest up 9.13 percent to settle at 11055, while prices are up 183 rupees.

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OPEC prepares to establish new output targets, oil prices are rising

Oil prices have climbed ahead of the OPEC cartel of oil-producing nations’ meeting on Thursday, as ministers prepare to establish output targets for July in their first meeting since the European Union slapped sanctions on Russian petroleum. Some members of OPEC are pressuring the organization to eliminate Russia, the world’s third largest oil producer, from future quotas, potentially allowing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to pump more oil.

Brent crude oil futures, the North Sea benchmark, climbed 2% to $117 a barrel at one point on Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate, its North American counterpart, climbed by a comparable amount to just under $116 a barrel. Prices had dipped from highs of over $125 earlier in the week, but had rebounded as investors considered how much supply could be raised to offset the sanctions’ impact.

On Thursday, ministers from OPEC’S 13 members and ten non-Opec producers led by Russia, known as Opec+, will meet by video conference. They’re anticipated to accept a 432,000-barrel-per-day hike in July, the latest in a series of monthly increases that began in September 2021. Russia has fallen behind the rest of the group, with output predicted to fall by 8% this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, Russia’s declining production has spurred some countries, including Gulf members, to propose eliminating Russia from production targets, allowing other members to increase their output.

Oil and energy costs have risen dramatically in recent months as global economies emerge from pandemic lockdowns, exacerbated by the consequences from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As people struggle with increased fuel prices, rapid price swings have contributed to inflationary pressures and cost-of-living issues around the world.

The price hikes have prompted failed attempts by US Vice President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to persuade other major oil producers, such as Saudi Arabia, to pump more, infuriating environmentalists who argue that governments should instead focus on energy efficiency measures that could quickly reduce demand. G7 energy ministers urged for higher OPEC production during a meeting last week in Germany.

The break-up of the Opec+ group, according to Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB, will allow Saudi Arabia and the UAE to employ their spare capacity to boost production. However, he questioned if it would help to relieve the pressure on global markets. He claimed that “minds in the EU and the US are concentrated on damaging Russian petro-income.” “More oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will allow the west to impose stricter sanctions, reducing Russian oil supplies while keeping oil prices stable.” As a result, there would be no more supply for the market overall.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on the other hand, stated on Wednesday that Russia hopes to continue working with OPEC. “The ideas of cooperation on this basis retain their meaning and relevance,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Saudi Arabia during a visit to the Middle East. Most of Russia’s important banks involved in the oil trade have been sanctioned by the US, EU, and allies such as the UK, and the EU belatedly agreed on a partial embargo on oil imports on Tuesday.

Another step to make it more difficult for Russia to export has been collaboration between the UK and the EU to prohibit insurers from insuring ships transporting Russian oil. The world’s oldest insurance market, Lloyd’s of London, announced on Wednesday that it is working closely with British and other governments and authorities to impose global sanctions on Russia.

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With an eye on the US NFP, the XAU/USD is approaching the $1,875 mark

The gold price (XAU/USD) is swinging around $1,870, following an upswing to reclaim a one-month high during Friday’s early Asian session, as the NFP-related caution saps enthusiasm. The recent mixed stories about China, as well as resurgence in US Treasury yields, may also pose a threat to gold prices.

The previous day, though, the yellow metal climbed the highest in a fortnight as the US Dollar Index experienced its greatest daily drop in two weeks. Softer US statistics and Fed policymakers’ hesitation, on the other hand, appeared to have prompted the US dollar’s decline, as well as accelerated gold prices.

The early indication of Friday’s US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP), namely the US ADP Employment Change, fell to 128K for May, vs 300K estimates and a downwardly revised 202K previous figure. The Weekly US Initial Jobless Claims, on the other hand, fell to 200K from 210K expected and 211K the week before. In addition, Nonfarm Productivity and Unit Labor Costs also improved in Q1, to -7.3 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively, compared to market consensus numbers of -7.5 percent and 11.6 percent. Furthermore, factory orders in the United States fell by 0.3 percent in April, compared to a revised 1.8 percent in March and an estimate of 0.7 percent.

Lael Brainard, the Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve, and Loretta Mester, the President of the Cleveland Federal Reserve, both repeated statements that suggested increasing odds supporting the Fed’s aggressive rate hikes. Deputy US Trade Representative (USTR) Sarah Bianchi stated in a Reuters interview on Thursday that “all options are on the table” when it comes to tariff determinations on Chinese goods. “The US Trade Representative is seeking a ‘strategic realignment’ with China, as well as a tariff structure that ‘makes sense,'” the diplomat noted.

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US jobs report indicates more rate hikes are on the way, gold prices are rising

Even as the US jobs report suggested additional interest rate hikes this year, gold was up in Asia on Monday morning, putting pressure on non-yielding bullion. By 10:26 p.m. ET, gold futures were up 0.32 percent to $1856.20. (2:26 AM GMT). For the previous week, it has fluctuated between $1,828 and $1,864, with an overall average of $1,850.

Since new job market statistics revealed no signs of the US economy succumbing to high inflation and rising borrowing costs, the Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates by half a point in June, July, and possibly beyond. Gold fell on Friday as statistics indicated that firms in the United States employed more people than expected in May and continued to raise wages at a rapid rate.

Meanwhile, investors increased their bets on interest rate hikes by the European Central Bank this year, pricing in a larger, 50 basis-point raise at one of the bank’s policy meetings by October. Because gold pays no interest, higher rates increase the opportunity cost of storing it. Sibanye Stillwater, a South African precious metals miner, announced on Friday that trade unions leading a strike at its gold operations had received a mandate from their members to accept a three-year pay contract.

According to the president of the mining chamber, Ghana’s gold production plunged 30% last year, to its lowest level in more than a decade, knocking the country off its perch as Africa’s top producer. Gold discounts widened in India the previous week as demand slowed owing to rising prices and the end of the wedding season.

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US Dollar Price Action Setups: EUR/USD, USD/NZD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY

Business NZ Services Index, it measures level of a diffusion index based on surveyed purchasing managers in the services industry.

GBP: Rightmove HPI m/m, it measures change in the asking price of homes for sale.

EUR: German PPI m/m, it measures change in the price of goods sold by manufacturers.

GBP: MPC Member Haskel Speaks, BOE MPC members vote on where to set the nation’s key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

EUR: ECB President Lagarde Speaks, As head of the ECB, which controls short term interest rates, she has more influence over the euro’s value than any other person. Traders scrutinize her public engagements as they are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

GBP: MPC Member Mann Speaks, BOE MPC members vote on where to set the nation’s key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

EUR: ECB President Lagarde Speaks, As head of the ECB, which controls short term interest rates, she has more influence over the euro’s value than any other person. Traders scrutinize her public engagements as they are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

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UK Inflation Rate; Canada Inflation Rate; Powell Testimony; Japan Inflation Rate

NZD: Westpac Consumer Sentiment, it measures level of a diffusion index based on surveyed consumers.

AUD: RBA Gov Lowe Speaks, As head of the central bank, which controls short term interest rates, he has more influence over the nation’s currency value than any other person. Traders scrutinize his public engagements as they are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

AUD: Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes, It’s a detailed record of the RBA Reserve Bank Board’s most recent meeting, providing in-depth insights into the economic conditions that influenced their decision on where to set interest rates.

CHF: Trade Balance, Export demand and currency demand are directly linked because foreigners must buy the domestic currency to pay for the nation’s exports. Export demand also impacts production and prices at domestic manufacturers.

GBP: MPC Member Pill Speaks, BOE MPC members vote on where to set the nation’s key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

EUR: Current Account, It’s directly linked to currency demand – a rising surplus indicates that foreigners are buying more of the domestic currency to execute transactions in the region.

GBP: CBI Industrial Order Expectations, It’s a leading indicator of economic health – businesses react quickly to market conditions, and changes in their expectations can be an early signal of future economic activity such as spending, hiring, and investment.

GBP: MPC Member Tenreyro Speaks, BOE MPC members vote on where to set the nation’s key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

CAD: Core Retail Sales m/m, it measures change in the total value of sales at the retail level, excluding automobiles.

CAD: Retail Sales m/m, it measures change in the total value of sales at the retail level.

CAD: NHPI m/m, it measures change in the selling price of new homes.

USD: Existing Home Sales, It’s a leading indicator of economic health because the sale of a home triggers a wide-reaching ripple effect. For example, renovations are done by the new owners, a mortgage is sold by the financing bank, and brokers are paid to execute the transaction.

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As US administration strives for lower gasoline cost, oil prices are falling

Oil prices fell sharply in early trade on Wednesday, despite US President Joe Biden’s efforts to lower increasing fuel costs, which included pressure on large US corporations to help drivers during the country’s peak summer demand. At 00:31 GMT, US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down $1.34, or 1.2 percent, to $108.18 a barrel, while Brent crude futures were down $1.33, or 1.2 percent, to $113.32.

As the US battles rising gasoline costs and inflation, US President Joe Biden is poised to ask for a temporary suspension of the 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal gasoline tax on Wednesday, according to a person briefed on the proposal. On Monday, Biden said he was debating whether or not to run for president.

“Even oil traders recognized that higher oil prices would lead to a more aggressive tag team onslaught from the (US) Fed pushing rates higher and the Biden administration getting increasingly creative on the political and fiscal front to tame the energy inflation beast,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.

Seven oil corporations are scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, under pressure from the White House to lower fuel costs as they post record profits. On Tuesday, however, Chevron CEO Michael Wirth stated that criticizing the oil business was not the way to lower petrol prices.

“These measures are not helpful in solving the difficulties we face,” Wirth wrote in a letter to Biden, prompting Biden to respond that the industry was being overly sensitive. Despite inflation concerns, demand is projected to rise to pre-COVID levels, and supply is expected to trail demand growth, keeping the market tight, as trading giant Vitol and Exxon Mobil Corp pointed out this week.

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Stocks decline as Wall Street’s effort at a rally fails

As markets struggled to maintain a recovery from earlier in the day, stocks modestly declined on Wednesday in turbulent trading. Traders also considered remarks made by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who reaffirmed the position of the central bank in battling inflation. In the last hour of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 47.12 points, or 0.15 percent, to 30,483.13. To 3,759.89, the S&P 500 fell 0.13 percent. To 11,053.08, the NASDAQ Composite dropped 0.15 percent.

Stock prices have recently been affected by growing fears of a Wall Street slump. On Wednesday, Fed Chair Powell testified before Congress that the Fed has the “resolve” to rein in inflation, which has risen to 40-year highs. The Fed chairman told the Senate Banking Committee, “At the Fed, we realise the suffering high inflation is inflicting. “We are acting quickly to bring inflation back down because we are strongly committed to doing so.”

Until it sees “compelling evidence that inflation is heading down,” Powell continued, the Fed will maintain its current trajectory. He added that it has grown “much more difficult” to provide a smooth landing for the economy without one. The Federal Reserve increased interest rates by 0.75 percentage points last week and warned that a similar hike could occur again the following month. Investors were alarmed by the central bank’s previous week change to a more aggressive stance against inflation, fearing that it would prefer a recession to continued high inflation.

Jerome Powell has made it clearly apparent that the Fed will keep raising interest rates until inflation starts to decline because inflation is still the largest risk to financial assets. Robert Schein, chief investment officer at Blanke Schein Wealth Management, wrote that a sustained rally for risk assets is difficult to envision until that time. Till the Fed gives the go-ahead, “tight monetary conditions will continue to be a headwind for financial markets,” Schein said.

This week on Wall Street, anticipation of an impending recession grew. According to evidence showing that consumers are beginning to cut down on spending, Citigroup increased the likelihood of a worldwide recession to 50%. The cumulative probability of recession is now approaching 50%, according to a note from Citigroup. “The experience of history indicates that disinflation generally bears considerable costs for growth,” the paper stated.

According to Goldman Sachs, the risks are “greater and more front-loaded,” making a recession for the American economy more likely. The Fed will feel compelled to respond forcefully to high headline inflation and consumer inflation expectations if energy prices continue to rise, even if activity slows sharply, the firm said in a note to clients. “The main reasons are that our baseline growth path is now lower and that we are increasingly concerned.” In the meantime, UBS stated in a note to clients on Tuesday that while in its base scenario it does not anticipate a U.S. or global recession in 2022 or 2023, “it is obvious that the possibilities of a hard landing are rising.”

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Fears about economy is growing as Wall Street’s hiring frenzy eases

After a hiring frenzy last year, Wall Street is slowing down due to the growing uncertainty around the U.S. economic future and the ensuing decline in the financial markets. In 2021 and early this year, Wall Street firms, including banks like Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Wells Fargo & Co, were obliged to pay more to attract and keep employees due to fierce hiring competition. The increase in bonuses was the biggest in 15 years.

However, hiring fever is waning, according to executives, recruitment experts, and recent data. According to Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation consultancy firm Johnson Associates, “by the end of 2021 it was white hot with unprecedented demand for employment and pay.” “It’s changing swiftly from extremely hot to normal, and by the end of the year it might even turn cold. Undoubtedly, a change is taking place.”

According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, firms in the securities, commodity contracts, investments, funds, and trusts sector were still adding jobs, but the rate of growth was noticeably slower in May, adding only 1,200 positions as opposed to 4,600 in April. In contrast, the industry experienced its largest annual headcount growth since 2000 in 2021, when the monthly average was 3,400.

In light of the weakening global markets, some clients have paused some talent searches, according to Alberto Mirabal, senior vice president for investment banking at the recruitment firm GQR Global Markets. These clients want to “see how things shake out” before adding to their already sizable teams.

We’re observing a little slowness, he added. Some Wall Street firms are concerned about the possibility of a recession due to rising inflation that has been compounded by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent interest rate increases. Layoffs are already happening in several areas of the banking sector, most notably the mortgage sector, which is especially vulnerable to interest rate increases that harm house sales.

According to Bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is this week reassigning hundreds of workers from its home loan division and firing hundreds more. The industry is not yet experiencing widespread hiring freezes or layoffs, the recruiters claimed, although in general. In addition, some smaller companies, such as boutique investment bank Lazard, are trying to seize the opportunity presented by the evolving market to attract top personnel for themselves.

After 2021, which he described as being the most difficult in a decade for staff retention and remuneration, Lazard Chief Executive Kenneth Jacobs claimed that a hiring slowdown was assisting his company in attracting new talent. Jacobs stated last week at a Morgan Stanley conference that “the rivalry for talent is lessening.” “I believe we’ll try to profit from this.”

Equity capital markets have experienced the sharpest reduction in activity; according to Julian Bell is the managing director and head of the Americas for the Sheffield Haworth talent firm. Broker-dealers will suffer more than full-service banks as a result, according to this. According to him, brokers in the main equities capital markets sectors of healthcare/biotech and technology will suffer the most. Investment bankers are not worried about impending layoffs, despite the fact that hiring is decreasing and salary expectations have decreased following an extraordinarily robust payout in 2021.

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Gold prices increase as ban on new Russian imports

Gold prices rose on Monday as speculation grew that some Western countries could formally forbid the import of the metal from Russia in response to that country’s invasion of Ukraine. By 0231 GMT, spot gold increased 0.5 percent to $1,835.58 per ounce. At $1,836.30, U.S. gold futures were up 0.3 percent. The G-7’s import embargo on Russian gold appears to be giving early Asian markets some short-term assistance.

“However, in practise for the grouping, it is largely a rubber stamp exercise, and I do not expect this to reflect a structural change in the supply/demand outlook that will underpin pricing.” In an effort to put more pressure on Moscow and eliminate its sources of funding for the invasion of Ukraine, four of the wealthy Group of Seven (G-7) countries decided to outlaw the import of Russian gold on Sunday. According to Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management, “the headline will be rapidly absorbed, and the market should return to its tug of war between higher front-end rates, negative for gold, and recession odds suggesting sooner rate reduction, positive for gold.”

Even as markets hailed economic data showing inflation expectations to be less worrying than initially thought, a couple of U.S. central bankers indicated on Friday they favoured future strong rate hikes to curb rapid price increases. Although gold is regarded as an inflation hedge, owning bullion, which pays no interest, has a higher opportunity cost as interest rates rise. Overall, gold is still stuck in the $1,780-$1,880 range that has been in place since early May. To change this dynamic, Halley added, the U.S. dollar must make a significant directional shift.

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UAE claims it has no spare capacity, oil prices jump by 1%

The energy minister of the United Arab Emirates stated that the country is producing near capacity, defying expectations that this could assist boost supply in a tight market. As a result, oil prices increased by nearly 1% in early Asian trade on Tuesday. According to some estimates, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the only two OPEC members with extra capacity to make up for lost Russian supplies and subpar performance from other members.

At 00:28 GMT, US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures increased $1.07, or 1%, to $110.64 a barrel, building on a prior session rise of 1.8 percent. The price of Brent oil LCOc1 futures increased $1.08, or 0.9 percent, to $116.17 a barrel, following a prior session increase of 1.7 percent.

“The market was helped by rumours of a seam of restricted supply. According to reports, the capacity limits for two key producers, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are being reached or will soon be reached “Tobin Gorey, a commodities analyst at Commonwealth Bank, stated in a note. According to its quota of 3.168 million barrels per day (bpd) under the deal with OPEC and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+, the UAE’s energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei stated on Monday that the country was producing at or close to its full capacity.

His statements corroborated those of French President Emmanuel Macron, who told US President Joe Biden outside the Group of Seven meeting that Saudi Arabia could only increase output by 150,000 bpd, well below its nominal spare capacity of about 2 million bpd, and that the UAE was operating at maximum capacity. Analysts also noted that political upheaval in Libya and Ecuador could further constrain supply. Libya’s National Oil Corp said on Monday that if oil terminal production and shipping don’t pick up within the next three days, it may be necessary to declare force majeure in the Gulf of Sirte region.

According to Ecuador’s Energy Ministry, due to anti-government demonstrations, the nation may fully halt oil production over the next two days. Before the demonstrations, the former OPEC nation was producing about 520,000 barrels per day.

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Over the past 24 hours, crude oil prices increased while gold prices decreased

Over the past 24 hours, gold prices have been trending marginally lower as crude oil prices managed to end the day positively. An increase in the US dollar, which resulted from risk aversion as the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 fell more than 3 percent, put pressure on the anti-fiat yellow metal. For gold, it might have been a lot worse. The flight to safety caused Treasury yields to decline, which increased the appeal of XAU/USD.

In June, the US Conference Board’s consumer confidence index fell to 98.7 from 100 expected. This represents a decline from 103.2 in May and a 16-month low. Concerns about inflation keep eroding Americans’ perceptions of the economy. Although respondents appeared to be planning to buy more durable products in the future, their desire for leisure (travel) fell with rising prices.

Despite the deteriorating mood, the price of crude oil managed to hold steady. An OPEC+ delegate reported that the oil-producing coalition fell 2.7 million barrels per day short of its output goal in May. This might be restricting supplies and giving WTI an upward push. However, rising concerns about a slowdown in global growth have made the situation for energy prices more difficult.

Commodities will be watching a flood of central bank speech during the next 24 hours. At the ECB forum in Sintra, a panel discussion will take place. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and ECB President Christine Lagarde are scheduled to speak. Market mood may suffer if authorities restate their hawkish viewpoints, thereby depressing the price of gold and crude oil.

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U.S. stocks failed to change much as the quarter end approaches

As investors analyzed remarks made by central bankers at a panel in Europe and anticipated more quarterly profit reports, U.S. stocks ended the day with no movement. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 82.32 points, or 0.3%, to 31029.31. The NASDAQ Composite Index dropped 3.65 points, or 0.03 percent, to 11177.89, while the S&P 500 dropped 2.72 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 3818.83.

The market is having a brutal first half after three years in a row of double-digit increases. The S&P 500 has lost roughly 20 percent of its value so far this year, making it likely that this will be its worst first half in fifty years.

Rising interest rates and sluggish growth are two factors that have a negative impact on stock prices. Stocks have also been affected by the swift return of inflation, a faltering Chinese economy, and a conflict in Ukraine that startled the commodity markets. Before the second half of the year begins on Friday, investors need to reorganise, according to State Street managing director Michael Arone. As the Fourth of July and the first half came to an end, he added, “We’re limping.”

Investors should take comfort in the fact that a poor first half does not imply a poor second half. The S&P 500 experienced a first-half decline of 21% and a second-half gain of 27% in 1970, concluding the year approximately level. As a result of a number of data releases showing that increased prices are dampening consumer optimism, stocks started the week on a low note. Investors continued to worry that if central banks tightened policy too quickly to combat inflation, it may trigger a recession.

At the European Central Bank’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the epidemic had disturbed the economy in ways that could continue to generate more inflation or volatility in pricing pressures than previously. Is there a chance that we might go too far? There is unquestionably a risk, Mr. Powell remarked on Wednesday. “Failing to restore pricing stability would be the worse mistake to make, to put it that way,”

Some investors are losing faith in the Fed’s ability to arrange a “soft landing,” in which interest rates increase to combat inflation without causing the economy to enter a recession. “Until we have a strong indication that inflation has peaked, we anticipate markets will at best remain stable. Our belief in a soft landing has diminished even further, and the market is moving in that direction as well, according to Pictet Asset Management multiasset strategist Arun Sai.

After three straight days of advances, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note decreased to 3.091% from 3.206 percent on Tuesday. Prices increase as yields decrease. Investors are anticipating more corporate profit reports as the second quarter draws to a close. Even though FactSet projects a relatively small 5.8 percent increase in S&P 500 company earnings, early misses raise doubts about that estimate.

The market has been rattled by some earnings reports, according to Andrew Slimmon, a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “I assumed we’d see a rally into month-end,” he said. Bed Bath & Beyond, a retailer, provided an example of the point on Wednesday. After the company reported a larger quarterly loss than Wall Street anticipated and announced the departure of its chief executive, the shares dropped $1.54, or 24 percent, to $4.99.

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Worst Quarter for Metals Cap since 2008 due to Global Recession

Base metals experienced their greatest quarterly decline since the global financial crisis of 2008 as worries about a worldwide recession increased and China’s economy very slowly recovered. Although the decrease has been accentuated by price spikes that month as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the London Metal Exchange Index has fallen 25% since the end of March. Tin has fared the worst, falling 38%, followed by a 31% decline in aluminium and a 20% decline in copper. Since the beginning of the epidemic, it was the entire index’s first quarterly decrease.

According to ED&F Man analyst Edward Meir’s metals research, “markets have been battered by both growth and inflation worries for some time now and are not getting any relief from G-7 central bankers, the majority of which are set on rising interest rates further.” As virus controls were relaxed, an indicator of factory activity in China increased in June for the first time since February. Although there was some recovery, the demand for metals is still being negatively impacted by a sluggish real estate market. Despite a reduction of quarantine regulations, the Covid Zero policy is still in place, thus there is a persistent potential of more limitations if case numbers increase once more.

The market is still threatened by the impending possibility of a recession in the US and possibly elsewhere in the world. At the annual meeting of the European Central Bank in Portugal, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and other central bankers cautioned that the globe is transitioning to a regime of greater inflation.

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Australian Dollar Under Pressure as Technical Levels Are in View. Where to for AUD/USD?

JPY: Monetary Base y/y, it measures change in the total quantity of domestic currency in circulation and current account deposits held at the BOJ.

AUD: MI Inflation Gauge m/m, it measures change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.

AUD: ANZ Job Advertisements m/m, it measures change in the number of jobs advertised in the major daily newspapers and websites covering the capital cities.

AUD: Building Approvals m/m, it measures change in the number of new building approvals issued.

EUR: German Trade Balance, it measures difference in value between imported and exported goods during the reported month.

CHF: CPI m/m, it measures change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.

EUR: Spanish Unemployment Change, it measures change in the number of unemployed people during the previous month.

EUR: Sentix Investor Confidence, it measures level of a diffusion index based on surveyed investors and analysts.

EUR: PPI m/m, it measures change in the price of finished goods and services sold by producers.

EUR: German Buba President Nagel Speaks, ECB Governing Council members vote on where to set the Eurozone’s key interest rates and their public engagements are often used to drop subtle clues regarding future monetary policy.

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