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US futures, most Asian stocks rise; crude climbs: markets wrap

Bitcoin extended a slide, dropping to about $56 000.
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US and European equity futures rose Friday along with most Asian stocks amid optimism that the pandemic recovery can weather elevated inflation and tightening monetary policy.

China’s stock market led Asian gains, while Japan climbed on confirmation of a stimulus package. Hong Kong struggled as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. sank on a slashed revenue outlook, contributing to a drop in a gauge of Chinese technology shares.

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The travails of China’s tech firms contrast with the more optimistic mood around their US counterparts. Nasdaq 100 contracts outperformed after megacap tech helped lift Wall Street to record highs in a choppy session ahead of Friday’s options expiration.

Treasury yields edged up and a dollar gauge remained on course for a fourth weekly advance. Commodities including crude oil, iron ore and copper pushed higher. Gold was little changed. Bitcoin extended a slide, dropping to about $56 000.

Global stocks continue to hover near records, propped up by robust US corporate earnings growth. But price pressures that could accelerate interest-rate hikes and hamper the pandemic recovery are shadowing markets. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic said that it would be appropriate to try to raise rates around summer next year.

“You can come up with a very strong list of reasons why you shouldn’t be invested,” Kristen Bitterly, regional head of investments for North America at Citi Private Bank, said on Bloomberg Television. “The best way to combat that is really with the record-high profitability that we’ve seen and to recognize that not all parts of the market are created equal.”

Rate-hike bets

More commentators are predicting a quicker pace of Fed policy tightening. For instance, TD Securities strategists followed those at Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley in recommending eurodollar trades that pay off if the Fed raises rates more aggressively than currently expected.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in the US House of Representatives are due to vote on President Joe Biden’s approximately $2 trillion economic plan. The bill’s fate in the Senate is still uncertain. Traders are also monitoring for Biden’s pick for Fed chair nominee from Governor Lael Brainard and incumbent Jerome Powell.

Elsewhere, China Beige Book International Chief Executive Officer Leland Miller, speaking on the sidelines of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore, said that China’s economy is slowing more than people think.

The People’s Bank of China warned against one-way yuan bets after the currency climbed to a six-year high against a basket of peers.

What to watch this week:

  • Fed’s Richard Clarida and Mary Daly speak at Asia Economic Policy Conference. Friday.

Some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • S&P 500 futures rose 0.4% as of 7:04 a.m. in London. The S&P 500 rose 0.3%
  • Nasdaq 100 futures increased 0.5%. The Nasdaq 100 rose 1.1%
  • Japan’s Topix index rose 0.4%
  • South Korea’s Kospi increased 0.8%
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.2%
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost 1.2%
  • China’s Shanghai Composite index rose 1.1%
  • Euro Stoxx 50 futures climbed 0.4%

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was steady
  • The euro was at $1.1356
  • The Japanese yen was at 114.33 per dollar, down 0.1%
  • The offshore yuan was at 6.3835 per dollar, down 0.1%

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose one basis point to 1.60%
  • Australia’s 10-year bond yield rose two basis points to 1.81%

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude added 0.8% to $79.67 a barrel
  • Gold was at $1 858.55 an ounce
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