- October 31, 2018
- Posted by: Trading
- Category: Market Overview
- Global stocks, US futures experienced worst month in six years during October though they finished on an upbeat note
- Dollar reaches year high
- US Treasurys, gold and yen drop on stronger dollar
- General Electric slumps to 10-year low; Facebook, Take-Two Interactive and Under Armour spike on earnings results
European shares followed Asian stocks higher this morning and futures on the , and built on yesterday’s rally, striking a positive note at the end of what is set to be the worst month for markets in at least six years. The continued to edge higher—though it slipped into negative territory in the late European morning session—at the expense of and the , while US Treasurys also kept sliding lower.
The opened higher with every sector in the green, after Japan’s outperformed its Asian peers, which also sealed gains across the board for regional markets.
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VIX Daily Chart
In the previous session, all US majors closed 1.5 percent into positive territory, or higher. also showed signs of abating, falling for three out of five session after the spikes seen since the start of the earnings season—though we have reasons to believe that, absent a substantial breakthrough in the US-China trade dispute, the indicator will get worse before it gets better.
The managed to climb 1.57 percent in the final hour of trade, after a tug-of-war between buyers and sellers. All 11 SPX sectors pushed over a full percentage point higher, except for (+0.39 percent). outperformed (+2.73 percent), followed by (+2.29 percent) and (+2.06 percent)—the sectors that are most sensitive to global trade headwinds.
GE Stock Monthly Chart
General Electric (NYSE:) plunged 8.78 percent, losing almost a fifth of its value over the last five sessions, falling to its lowest level since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash. Investors got rid of the stock after the company slashed its historic 119-year-long dividend to one cent on Tuesday. Technically, the price of the stock fell for a third straight month, returning below a downtrend since the pre-2000 tech crash.
The climbed 1.77 percent and the snapped up a 1.58 percent gain, with (NASDAQ:) gaining ground in after-hours trading following its upbeat earnings report. (NASDAQ:) and (NYSE:) also surged on strong results.
The outperformed its peers, closing 2.06 percent higher.
Investor attention remains on earnings, economic data, political developments on the trade war front and rising interest rates.
‘s (NASDAQ:) corporate results, due on Thursday after the close, are set to be closely watched by traders as a barometer of US corporate strength. , out on Friday, may also give analysts and investors more information on the trajectory of both US economic expansion and the cost of borrowing—with the latter having eased lately thanks to the recent Treasury yield drop from the month’s high of over 3.250.
UST 10-Year Daily Chart
After a third-day rebound above 3.150, yields on notes are coming up against the resistance of the channel top, developed after the fall from 3.261 since October 9.
USD/CNY Monthly Chart
China’s overnight repo rate surged the most in over four years this morning, as local officials took steps to counter bets against the , which held near the weakest level against the dollar for the currency since May 2008. We have recently argued that a USD/CNY climb over the January 2017 peak below 7.000 would elicit a strong response from US President Donald Trump, escalating the trade war. As it stands, the yuan selloff over the past month has wiped out $8 trillion off global stock markets.
EUR/USD Monthly Chart
The is struggling to stay above the lowest level in 16 months, with the EUR/USD pair currently hovering around the 1.135 level.
The yen edged lower as the Bank of Japan left its unchanged and kept its bond yield target at about zero percent, the country’s economy will not hit the bank’s inflation target for years to come.
- Apple is expected to report Q4 2018 EPS of $2.78 tomorrow, up from $2.07 during the same quarter last year
- (NYSE:) is scheduled to post corporate results before market open on Friday, with an EPS forecast of $1.21, from $0.93 last year.
Canadian for August, Canadian and for September are released on Wednesday.
Bank of Canada speaks on Wednesday.
Canadian is released on Thursday.
Canadian , , and are released on Friday.
- The Bank of England in holding its on Thursday.
- On Friday, the last US jobs report before the November 6 mid-term elections is expected to show that hiring improved and the held at a 48-year low.
- climbed 1 percent to $66.82 a barrel, the largest climb in four weeks.
- Gold gave up 0.5 percent to $1,216.29 an ounce, the weakest level in three weeks on the biggest dip in more than three weeks.