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US stock futures drifted lower in Asian trade on Wednesday after the major averages rallied overnight, with equities recouping some losses following weeks of heavy selling. In regular trading on Tuesday, the Dow gained 2.15%, the S&P 500 jumped 2.45% and the Nasdaq Composite rallied 2.51%.
European stock markets sold off Wednesday, with the week’s rally fizzling out after soaring U.K. inflation added to persistent concerns about aggressive monetary policy tightening and slowing growth. DAX in Germany traded 2.1% lower, the CAC 40 in France fell 1.8%, and the UK’s FTSE 100 dropped 1.2%. The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 1.7% in early trade, with basic resources sliding 4% to lead losses as all sectors and major bourses fell into negative territory.
Asia-Pacific stocks were down on Wednesday morning as warnings about an economic downturn were getting louder despite a jump in U.S. equities. Japan’s Nikkei 225 inched up 0.01% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 0.55%. China’s Shanghai Composite inched down 0.09% while the Shenzhen Component edged down 0.17%.
• The index added to Tuesday’s small gains and advanced decisively towards the 105.00 area despite US yields edging lower during the European morning. The bid tone surrounding the buck follows investors’ expectations ahead of Powell’s Semi-annual Monetary Policy Report before the US Senate, where the Fed’s next steps regarding its normalization process are expected to take centre stage.
• EUR/USD has staged a rebound in the European session and managed to erase its daily losses. The pair holds above 1.0500 as investors wait for FOMC Chairman Jerome Powell to testify. The common currency was last seen hovering around the 1.0519 area.
• The GBP/USD pair refreshed its weekly low during the early part of the European session, albeit managing to find some support ahead of mid-1.2100s and recovering a few pips thereafter. The pair was last seen trading around the 1.2230-1.2250 region, still down nearly 0.40% for the day.
• The AUD/USD pair came under some renewed selling pressure on Wednesday and dropped to a fresh weekly low, around the 0.6880-0.6990 region during the early European session. The downfall comes on the back of repeated failures ahead of the 0.7000 psychological mark over the past two trading days and favours bearish traders amid the emergence of fresh US dollar buying.
• JPY was last drifting 0.3% lower at 136.3 per dollar, having hit 136.71 in early trade, its lowest since October 1998. The currency has been weakening as higher energy prices put pressure on Japan's current account and because of the ever- widening gap between yields on Japanese government bonds and U.S. Treasuries.
The 10-year US Treasury note yield tumbled below the 3.3% level as investors rushed into safe-haven assets on concerns that an aggressive tightening from central banks could tip economies into a recession. The yield on the German 10-year Bund decreased to below 1.7%, having touched an 8-1/2-year high of 1.926% on June 16th, as investors sought shelter in government bonds during a sell-off in stock markets.
Gold has regained its traction after witnessing some selling for the fourth successive day on Wednesday and dropped to a four-day low, around the $1,823 region during the first half of the European session. The precious metal was last seen trading around $1.830 per ounce.
Oil prices tumbled on Wednesday amid a push by U.S. President Joe Biden to cut taxes on fuel to cut costs for drivers amid aggravated relations between the White House and the U.S. oil industry. Brent crude was down $4.76 at $109.89 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell $5.11 to $104.34.
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