US futures point to a quietly mixed start ahead of a very busy week for earnings.
- Dow futures +0.1% at 34099
- S&P futures +0.04% at 4180
- Nasdaq futures -0.02% at 13929
- FTSE +0.4% at 6960
- Dax -0.06% at 15286
- Euro Stoxx +0.1% at 4019
US stocks point to a mixed open
US futures are pointing to a relatively quiet open ahead of a very busy week, which sees a slew of earning releases and the Fed’s rate decision.
The Nasdaq is just coming under a bit of pressure heading towards the open as treasury yields tick slightly higher, undermining growth stocks and supporting the cyclicals on the Dow.
Europe to allow US tourists
Covid news has been a little more upbeat with EC President Ursula von der Leyen saying that fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed into Europe this summer. European travel stocks have rallied on the back od the news, with a similar reaction expected in the US market.
Commodities in focus
Commodity prices are surging higher. Copper hit its highest level in a decade. Copper prices have been on the rise in recent weeks, not just on the back of reopening optimism but also in anticipation of strong demand from the car industry, amid an acceleration towards electric vehicles. Furthermore the front runner in the Peruvian elections is threatening to nationalise mining.
Tesla to report
Tesla is due to report after the close. Tesla is expected to report EPS od $0.77c on revenue of $10.42 billion, up 66% from a year ago. The earnings come after the stock surged 740% in 2020 but is up just 3% so far this year amid a series of PR issues in both China and Texas and as competition from other automobile firms heats up.
FX – Euro stumbles on weaker German IFO data
The greenback trades under 91.00 at around an 8-week low ahead of the FOMC later this week.
GBP/USD is capitalising on the weaker US Dollar, edging higher amid hopes of a vaccine led recovery. BoE policymakers’ optimism is adding to the upbeat mood surrounding the sterling.
EUR/USD trades lower after disappointing German IFO business sentiment data with 96.8. This was a slight improvement from March’s 96.6 but was short of the 97.8 forecast. Business morale slipped amid the resurgence of covid and supply issues of industrial components.
- GBP/USD +0.05% at 1.3880
- EUR/USD -0.1% at 1.2083
Oil extends last week’s losses on covid fears
Both oil benchmarks lost ground in the previous week and are seen extending declines on Monday amid a worsening covid crisis in India and Japan. The world’s third and fourth largest importers of oil have both seen lockdown restrictions tighten which is softening the demand outlook for oil.
On Sunday, Japan announced a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and two other regions. India recorded surging covid numbers, which reached record levels for a fifth straight day. Covid cases hit 350,000 and the lockdown in New Delhi has been extended. Oil buyers will want to see some floor under the covid crisis in order to move meaningfully higher.
- US crude trades -1.3% at $61.32
- Brent trades -1.4% at $64.58