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Mid-Market Update: Stocks fade Putin’s positive comment, Chinese ADRs, Sentiment slides

US stocks tentatively rallied after Russian President Putin saw “certain positive shifts” in talks with Ukraine. Investors are cautiously buying risky assets as we’ve seen this movie before over the past couple of weeks… Russia signals an openness for talks and then shortly after their military has made further advancements or repositioned themselves. Russian airstrikes across Western Ukraine and troop movements are raising concerns that another attempt at Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, could happen in the coming days.

Equities quickly gave up earlier gains as the West appears poised to continue deliver more pressure on the Russian economy.  President Biden urged all allies to suspend normal trade with Russia, with the US banning many imports of Russia.

China ADRs

Chinese tech stocks have had a rough patch over the past couple of years dealing with trade wars, COVID-19, China’s tech crackdown, and now delisting fears.  It looks like Chinese stocks could see more investors abandon ship as human rights issues might draw more attention following the war in Ukraine.  What is also complicating investor appetite for exposure to Chinese stocks is Beijing’s relationship with the Kremlin.  If China shows they are offering favorable conditions to the Russians, global investors will likely expect swift action from EU and US leaders, which could make life harder for many Chinese stocks.

US Sentiment

The preliminary Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped from 62.8 to 59.7.  Sentiment is in freefall as Americans grow worrisome over surging widespread price increases and over economic growth concerns.  Next month’s report will likely be much worse.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya [4]

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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