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Opening Bell: Futures Slide But Yields Rise, Tobacco Stocks Drag Europe Lower

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewApr 20, 2021 07:00
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Opening Bell: Futures Slide But Yields Rise, Tobacco Stocks Drag Europe Lower
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Apr 20, 2021 07:00
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  • Rising rates fail to help the dollar
  • Gold continues moving lower
  • Bitcoin extends losing streak

Key Events

US futures on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 were trading in the red on Tuesday despite rising yields, and European shares on the STOXX 600 were down over 1%, catching up with American tobacco companies which slumped yesterday on reports that the Biden Administration may cap nicotine levels in cigarettes.

The dollar's losing streak extended, boosting oil.

Global Financial Affairs

On Monday, a Wall Street Journal report that “people familiar with the matter" said that the White House may impose nicotine limits in cigarettes sold in the US dented shares of Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) despite the fact it neither sells nor markets cigarettes in America. The stock sold off 1.3%, nearly three times the decline in the S&P 500, producing a bearish engulfing pattern.

Today, British American Tobacco (LON:BATS) plunged as much as 7.25% on the London Stock Exchange, blowing up a bullish pattern. On the other hand, despite developing a powerful bearish engulfing pattern, BTI, the company’s stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange, fell just 2.2% during yesterday's Wall Street session and found support above its bullish pattern.

Investors are now focusing on the next catalyst, earnings. They want companies to show evidence of the economic recovery. IBM (NYSE:IBM), which yesterday reported its first revenue gain in eleven quarters, did not disappoint.

Morgan StanleyWealth Management is telling its customers to hold on to all equities as it expects a powerful recovery. Lisa Shalett, chief investment officer said:

“This new business cycle is apt to be much different from its predecessor, with growth much broader and stronger, fiscal policy weighing heavier, inflation more resilient and credit growth resuming.”

She recommended procyclical trades in stocks and bonds while paring securities that are prone to inflation risk.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note are rising for the fourth day in a row, the most in six weeks.

10-year Treasuries Daily
10-year Treasuries Daily

Rates are climbing within a congested rising pattern, fitting within a bearish flag, compounded by their placement, as they test the neckline of a H&S top, in a typical return move. As such we expect yields to fall again, below 1.500.

Rising yields failed to save the dollar from extending a decline to the seventh straight day.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

The greenback is following the completion of a bearish wedge, as it heads to retest what we interpret as a giant falling wedge since the March 2020 peak.

The dollar's decline didn’t stop gold from falling on rising rates, which now provide a higher yield relative to the non-yielding precious metal.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

Technically, the precious metal is pulling back after completing a double top. Beware, however, it's swimming against the steam of a falling channel.

Bitcoin fell for the fifth day, its longest losing streak in a while, after completing a rising wedge, bearish after the breathtaking 95% surge in just over a month.

Bitcoin Daily
Bitcoin Daily

However, the cryptocurrency is set to retest the uptrend line since December 2020.

The weaker dollar lifted oil.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

The greenback retested the level where the right shoulder of a H&S top could develop. However, oil could come under additional downward pressure if the coronavirus continues its aggressive spread across India and further lockdowns are required to stop the spread of the virus.

Up Ahead

  • Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) first product unveiling of the year takes place today at 1pm ET.
  • Q1 results from Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) are reported at 4pm ET.
  • On Wednesday, the EIA crude oil inventory report is released.
  • The European Central Bank announces its rate decision on Thursday and President Christine Lagarde holds a briefing.
  • On Friday US new home sales data is released.

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index declined 0.1%.
  • The euro jumped 0.2% to $1.2066.
  • The British pound was unchanged at $1.3986.
  • The onshore yuan strengthened 0.2% to 6.495 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 108.42 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced two basis points to 1.62%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries gained less than one basis point to 0.16%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield gained less than one basis point to -0.23%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to 0.089%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to 0.773%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude increased 1.2% to $64.12 a barrel.
  • Brent crude gained 1.2% to $67.87 a barrel.
  • Gold weakened 0.1% to $1,768.82 an ounce.
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