Markets nerves ahead of FOMC meeting
Overnight, panic around rate hike expectations by the Fed increased and US bond yields rose aggressively across the curve. Recessionary fears increased and in the self-fulfilling negative feedback loop created, US equities were once again crushed. The S&P 500 slumped by 3.87%, the Nasdaq tumbled by 4.68%, and the Dow Jones lost 2.73% as the least ugly value horse in the glue factory. In Asia, some short-covering has lifted US futures slightly higher, but the gains pale in comparison to the overnight losses. Futures on all three main indexes are around 0.35% higher today.
The small gains by US futures seem to have taken the edge off the negativity in Asian markets today, although they are still in the red. One notable loser was Australia, where the ASX 200 and All Ordinaries have lost 5.0%. But for context, Australia was closed yesterday, and thus local markets were playing catch-up to the losses internationally on Friday and yesterday.
Elsewhere, Japan’s Nikkei 225 has fallen by 2.0%, with South Korea’s Kospi losing 1.20%. Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite is down by 1.70%, while the CSI 300 has lost 2.0%, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng down just 1.10%, a surprisingly robust performance.
The more value-orientated regional APAC markets have also been spared the worst of the selling. Singapore is 1.0% lower, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta have actually recorded 0.50% in what I can only assume is a resource play. Thailand is down just 0.40%, with Manila easing 0.65% lower.
European markets also fell heavily yesterday, coat-tailing US markets south as Eurozone yields also squeezed higher. That should continue this afternoon, although Asia’s performance today should mean the panic of yesterday subsides. In the US, lower PPI prints this evening could give Wall Street to unwind some shorts into the FOMC decision tomorrow.
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