Tech Sell-off Leads Global Decline - EMEA Brief 11 Oct
- US sees largest market fall in 8 months with the Dow Jones losing over 800 points in the main session.
- Asian markets followed suit with both Tokyo and Hong Kong down over 3%. The Taiwanese index was down 6% with the MSCI Asia Pacific average coming in at an average loss of 3.5% for the region
- The tech sector saw the biggest losses yesterday with FANG companies losing between 4-9%
- Oil saw its biggest 2 day loss since July as supply concerns continue. The US are set to announce their inventory levels later today
- Hurricane Michael has continued to batter the South-East coast of the country and is reportedly the largest hurricane to hit the area since 1992 but has now been downgraded to a tropical storm
- The Cryptocurrency market lost over $12 billion of market value after a period of relatively low volatility, something the asset class isn’t particularly known for. Bitcoin now stands 68% lower that it’s all time high. This comes amidst reports that theft of the digital currency has hit 1 billion in the last 9 months.
- Going into Thursday, volatility may continue with US CPI numbers being released. Bulls will be hoping to beat forecasts of 2.4% to help recover yesterday’s movements. Gold is likely move if there is a divergence from forecasts. The VIX pushed past 20 after yesterdays volatility.
- The dollar declined against all G-10 peers following the sell-off.
Asian overnight: Chinese espionage tensions continue as the US accuses a Chinese operative of spying on US aerospace companies. Meanwhile, Trump has also lashed out at South Korea for not paying for the deployment of a missile defense system on the peninsula.
The effects of the trade war are creating some interesting trade options, especially in the EM arena where price action is dictated by USD and CNH price action, industrial manufacturing and economic growth, and export deficits throughout the East. Notably the 25% tariffs imposed on the US has caused the price of Soyabeans (used for oils and meal) to skyrocket in Brazil, pushing suppliers to offload significant quantities of reserves pushing stockpiles dangerously low. Going forwards we could see buy side pressure from Brazil taking up the surplus now seen in the US. You can trade USDCNH, Soyabeans, EM currencies such as the Brazilian real, EM ETF’s and diversified trackers (linked to manufacturing, industrial production or soft commodities) all through IG.
UK, US and Europe: The markets began their large decline around 12pm BST yesterday showing investors bearish attitude as the Dow remains near its all time high. Mortgage application rates falling for the second week in a row following the Feds interest rate hike gave the bears the ammunition then needed to begin the sell off. However mortgage providers fared fairly well compared to other sectors in the US. Tech took the brunt of the hit with some shares losing up to 10% , possibly suggesting that the trade war is likely to hit tech. Going into Thursday, the futures market implies the bearish attitude is likely to continue. Donald Trump has also blamed the fed interest rate for yesterday’s sharp fall. When asked if it could have been due to trade war tensions he stated there was no reason to raise interest rates and that the fed were acting ‘loco’.
US Treasuries also saw a fall yesterday as investors began to sell causing yields to rise which can further influence consumer interest rates. This is particularly concerning to investors as bonds are seen as a safe haven during turbulent equity market movements.
South Africa: Gold has struggled to find safe haven demand in the current equity market selloff and trades marginally lower this morning. Brent crude is under pressure despite hurricane Michael threatening the Gulf of Mexico and shutting down a lot of production within the area. Tencent Holdings is down 7% in Asia suggestive of substantial weakness to follow for major holding company Naspers (which has a 20% weighting in the Jse Top40 Index). BHP Billiton is down 3.8% in Australia suggesting a soft start for local resource counters.
Economic calendar - key events and forecast (times in BST)
Source: Daily FX Economic Calendar
1.30pm – US CPI (September): prices forecast to grow 2.8% YoY and 0.2% MoM, from 2.7% and 0.2% respectively. Core CPI to be 2.3% YoY from 2.2% and 0.2% from 0.1% MoM. Market to watch: USD crosses
4pm – US EIA crude oil inventories (w/e 5 October): stockpiles to fall to 5.08 million barrels. Markets to watch: Brent, WTI
Corporate News, Upgrades and Downgrades
- WH Smith saw an overall rise of 2% in revenue for the year, to £1.26 billion, although the like-for-like figure was flat. Group profit from trading operations was up 3% to £163 million. The group has announced a restructuring of its high street division, closing some initiatives and shutting around six stores.
- Johnson Press is putting itself up for sale, following a strategic review of the business.
- Hargreaves Lansdown reported a 3% in assets for Q1, to £94.1 billion. 29,000 net new clients were added during the period.
- Jupiter reported a drop in assets under management to £47.7 billion for Q3, from £48.2 billion in the previous quarter. The fixed income division saw the bulk of the outflows.
- Tesla are looking to appoint a new chairman following controversy with Elon Musk and the SEC.
- Natixis confirms it is examining deal with French payment processing company Ingenico
TechnipFMC Upgraded to Buy at SocGen
Norsk Hydro Upgraded to Buy at Arctic Securities
ElringKlinger Upgraded to Hold at DZ Bank
Ferrari Downgraded to Hold at Jefferies
Capgemini Downgraded to Neutral at Oddo BHF
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