After a stronger start out of the blocks, European markets are trading in a mixed fashion, with the FTSE outperforming its peers.
Heavyweight miners and oil majors are helping keep the FTSE afloat while the Dax trades in the red. Commodities are powering higher on Monday, supported not only by the weaker US dollar but also by reopening optimism and hope of large-scale infrastructure spending in both US and China.
The reopening trade continues to show itself in the commodities space, with base metals on the rise. China’s benchmark iron ore rallied 10% to a record high, and copper also reached a fresh record high. Strength in the commodity market inevitably feeds back down into the materials and cyclical sectors, including the miners. Rio Tinto trades at an all-time high while Anglo American and BHP Billiton trade at the highest level since before the pandemic.
The boom in commodity prices supports the rotation in value that has been very much in focus over the past few months.
Looking ahead to the US open, the Dow Jones is pointing to a firmer start while the tech-heavy Nasdaq is on the back foot – further evidence of the rotation out of growth and into value.
There is little on the US economic calendar today. Investors will continue to digest Friday’s shocking US jobs numbers while looking ahead to US inflation data, which is due later this week.
Concerns the Fed could move sooner to start scaling back monetary support have been in focus over the past few months as the US economic reopening gathers pace. While Friday’s non-farm payroll report justifies the Fed’s dovish stance, a sharp rise in inflation could unnerve investors quickly. On the other hand, a weaker-than-expected read coupled with a weak jobs report could be the signal that bulls need to charge to fresh all-time highs.
FX – GBP outperforms on ULK election results, weak US NFP
The US dollar edged lower after last Friday’s steep sell-off and continues to trade around two-and-a-half-month lows following the shock non-farm payroll report. The US created 266k jobs versus expectations of almost one million. The data highlighted the erratic recovery in the labour market and validated the Fed’s dovish position, sending the US dollar tanking.
Today a slight pick-up in US treasury yields is offering some support to the greenback.
The pound is outperforming its G-10 peers, soaring towards 1.41 following local UK elections and the weak US jobs report. The Scottish Nationalist Party won the regional elections north of the border but failed to secure an absolute majority. While the SNP will continue pushing for another independence referendum, the lack of an absolute majority means the pound is breathing a sigh of relief.
Reopening optimism is also supporting sterling. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the next step in easing lockdown restrictions.
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