Stocks in Asia Start Week Mixed With Fed in Focus: Markets Wrap – Yahoo Finance

(Bloomberg) — U.S. Treasury yields rose amid confidence the Federal Reserve will remain accommodative even as robust growth takes the world’s largest economy back to pre-pandemic levels. Stock-index futures were little changed.

Havens including the dollar and government bonds were under pressure while copper, seen as a barometer of growth, surged to the highest in a decade. The U.S. 10-year rate bounced back from its 50-day moving average, underscoring the reflation trade is still alive, but remained below the 1.60% level, sustaining a risk-on bid for global assets including emerging markets.

Investors will focus on corporate earnings and U.S. economic data this week even as the Fed primes them to expect no change to policy at their two-day meeting ending Wednesday. While emerging economies from India to Brazil are grappling with a Covid-19 surge or renewed curbs, the developed world is on a firmer recovery path with a faster pace of vaccination.

”We had argued for a likely breakout in bond yields, and continue to believe that equities will be able to tolerate this repricing, as growth-policy trade-off remains supportive,” JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategists Mislav Matejka, Prabhav Bhadani and Nitya Saldanha wrote in a note. “The phase of activity pickup is ahead of us. At the same time, excess liquidity is likely to stay ample, as policymakers err on the side of caution.”

Data may show U.S. gross domestic product increased at a 6.9% annualized pace from January through March after a more moderate 4.3% rate in the previous quarter. Other reports may show stronger orders for durable goods, a pickup in consumer confidence and robust personal spending. Recent indicators cemented economic optimism, with output at manufacturers and service providers reaching a record high in April.

A slew of earnings from megacaps including Tesla Inc., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. will also be parsed this week as investors look for clues on how companies are faring in the recovery.

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European stocks were little cahnged Monday, as gains for miners and travel companies offset losses for food and technology companies. The dollar extended a two-month low, heading for the biggest monthly loss since November.

Oil retreated amid concern demand from India may fall after the nation reported a million new coronavirus cases in three days. Gold fluctuated between gains and losses.

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Here are some key events to watch this week:

Bloomberg Live hosts the Bloomberg Green Summit Monday through April 27Bank of Japan rate decision and Governor Haruhiko Kuroda briefing TuesdayFed Chair Jerome Powell holds a press conference Wednesday following the FOMC meetingJoe Biden makes his first address as president to a joint session of Congress WednesdayU.S. GDP is forecast to show robust 6% growth in the first quarter, bolstered by government stimulus Thursday

These are some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

Futures on the S&P 500 Index dipped 0.1% as of 9:25 a.m. London time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was little changed.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 0.5%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index gained 0.5%.

Currencies

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1%.The euro was little changed at $1.2094.The British pound advanced 0.3% to $1.3921.The onshore yuan strengthened 0.1% to 6.487 per dollar.The Japanese yen strengthened 0.2% to 107.67 per dollar.

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries jumped two basis points to 1.57%.The yield on two-year Treasuries was unchanged at 0.16%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased less than one basis point to -0.25%.Britain’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to 0.756%.Japan’s 10-year yield climbed one basis point to 0.082%.

Commodities

West Texas Intermediate crude fell 1.4% to $61.24 a barrel.Brent crude dipped 1.4% to $65.19 a barrel.Gold strengthened 0.2% to $1,781.27 an ounce.

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