US open: Stocks to head lower in worst weekly performance in 2 months
Fiona Cincotta August 20, 2021 8:26 AM
Stocks look set to resume losses putting the Dow & S&P500 on track for the worst performance since mid May. Risk off dominated this week amid fears that the Fed could start tapering support as rising covid cases globally start to hamper the economic recovery.
Dow futures -0.4% at 34743
S&P futures -0.36% at 4390
Nasdaq futures -0.15% at 14906
FTSE +0.03% at 7052
Dax -0.32% at 15698
Euro Stoxx -0.08% at 4120
Risk off dominates
US stocks are pointing to lower open on Friday putting the SP500 & Dow Jones on track for the worst weekly performance in 2 months.
Risk aversion has dominated across the week amid fears that the Fed will start tapering bond purchases as covid cases rise globally. The prospect of the Fed reining in support as new covid restrictions in some countries slow the global economic recovery is proving too much for the market to handle.
Safe havens have outperformed across the week whilst riskier assets such as stocks have tanked. Cyclicals have underperformed tech stocks.
Adding to the downbeat mood China continues with its regulatory crack down. The Hang Seng tumbled another 1.8% hitting a 10-month low. Chinese stocks listed in the US will be under the spotlight.
Safe havens have outperformed across the week whilst riskier assets such as stocks have tanked.
Where next for the S&P 500?
The S&P 500 is resuming losses after a mild bounce in the previous session. Yesterday’s move higher saw the S&P500 close over its 200 sma on the 4 hour chart which could bring some optimism to the buyers, as well as well as the receding bearish bias on the MACD. For now, the price is back testing the 200 sma at 4400. A break below this level could open the door to 4350 yesterday’s low before 4230 the July low comes into focus. On the upside resistance at 4440 the 50 sma with a push above here opening the door to 4475 and fresh all-time high.
FX – USD at 9 ½ month highs, GBP tumbles as retail sales fall
The US Dollar is on the rise extending gains from the previous session and hitting a fresh 9 ½ year high against major peers as investors seek safety. Fears are growing that the rise in COVID cases could dampen the economic recovery just as central banks are starting to rein in stimulus.
GBP/USD- the Pound trades under pressure after weaker than forecast retail sales data. UK retail sales unexpectedly fell -2.5% MoM in June, well below the 0.3% growth forecast. Retail sales tumbled as covid cases rose and Pingdom sent more and more people into isolation.
GBP/USD -0.22% at 1.3606
EUR/USD -0.06% at 1.1670
Oil moves lower for a fourth straight session
Oil prices have picked up off three-month lows but are still trading down around 5% across the week. Rising covid cases, tougher lockdown restrictions particularly in China Japan, Australia and New Zealand is raining concerns over the health of the economic recovery and weighing on the demand outlook.
US crude trades -0.92% at $62.90
Brent trades -0.88% at $65.70
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