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Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Defy European Record-Breaking Rally; Gold Gains

By (Pinchas Cohen/ OverviewApr 06, 2021 07:24
Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Defy European Record-Breaking Rally; Gold Gains
By (Pinchas Cohen/   |  Apr 06, 2021 07:24
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  • US futures lower despite Monday's Wall Street gains and services growth
  • China tightens lending policies
  • Credit Suisse writes off $4.7 billion

Key Events

US contracts on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 edged lower on Tuesday after China tightened its monetary policy, pouring cold water on market optimism for a strong economic recovery. The earlier sentiment had boosted the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to new highs on Monday.

Oil and gold rallied.

Global Financial Affairs

In Europe, the STOXX 600 Index opened higher and gained as much as a full percent, scoring a new all-time high, after overtaking the previous all-time high reached on Feb. 19 2020. The move demonstrated local confidence as Europe ramps up its vaccination program after coronavirus lockdown restrictions overshadowed the Easter holiday.

US futures lagging European shares may seem counterintuitive when recent US economic data plays up a recovery—Friday’s jobs report showcased the biggest increase since August, ongoing fiscal relief including President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, and the strong services sector growth as well as a successful vaccination program are putting fire back into America's economy. However, it makes perfect sense that investors will lock in profits after stocks continue to hit new records week after week, while the pan-European benchmark is playing catch-up.

BP (LON:BP) gained 2% after it announced it may start share buybacks sooner than anticipated. The energy major expects to hit its $35 billion net debt target in the first quarter of 2021, earlier than expected.

Shares in Credit Suisse (SIX:CSGN) whipsawed after the Swiss lender announced that due to the fallout from the Archegos Capital Management debale, it will write off $4.7 billion, almost double its 2020 net income, halt its share buyback program, cut its 2020 dividend and replace a number of senior executives. The bank dumped $2.3 billion worth of blockshares related to that overleveraged trade.

Shares of Credit Suisse have now suffered a 19% drop, which may present a buying opportunity.

CGSN Daily
CGSN Daily

The selloff was foretold by the rising flag that preceded it, demonstrating continuous selling pressure against the Archegos long position. However, the flag’s target has been more than achieved and the price found support for the third day at the bottom of its rising channel since the March bottom. This makes the case for a bottom.

Stocks in Asia were mixed, after the PBoC announced its intentions to limit loans to China's lenders for the remainder of the year in order to maintain 2020 loan levels. Chinese policymakers have shifted their focus from a post-pandemic recovery to mitigating bubble risks.

China’s Shanghai Composite closed flat, even after the nation’s services sector activity expanded in March, with the private Caixin/Markit Services Purchasing Managers Index survey rising to 54.3 from 51.5, which distances it from the 50 cutoff line between contraction and expansion.

Australia’s ASX 200 closed up 0.8% after the Reserve Bank of Australia kept its monetary policy on course.

US stocks rallied yesterday on evidence of that an economic recovery is underway. Service providers enjoyed the fastest expansion ever in March as orders jumped to a record level. The Institute of Supply Management data confirmed Friday’s NFP report which showed the most monthly jobs addition in seven months.

Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) surged 4% after the US Supreme Court acquitted the tech giant of copyright infringement when using Oracle's (NYSE:ORCL) programming code in the Android operating system. The stock had already jumped on Thursday, ahead of the ruling.

GOOG Daily
GOOG Daily

GOOG pushed through a range on Thursday. Although it was a positive day for big tech yesterday, Alphabet’s stock outperformed and is now back in a long-term uptrend.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) advanced after a blowout delivery.

TSLA Daily
TSLA Daily

Shares in the EV manufacturer completed a H&S bottom.

Reddit favorite, GameStop (NYSE:GME), “the unshortable stock,” plummeted nearly 14% after the company announced plans to sell up to $1 billion worth of additional shares.

GME Daily
GME Daily

However, persistent demand pushed it right back up, paring losses to just 2%. The stock may be forming a H&S bottom.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note were steady, and the dollar rebounded where the 200 DMA met the bottom of a rising channel.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

The move formed a potential falling flag, bullish after the explosive 2%, 10-day rally that preceded the pause.

Gold impressively rose against the weight of a strengthening dollar. However, it pared most of the gains.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

The yellow metal formed an intraday shooting star, revealing resistance below a bearish flag, signaling a potential end to the recent rally. The uptick is considered a return-move, before it continues lower, unless it bottoms, piercing the $1,760 level.

Oil rebounded as expectations of a breakthrough in talks to revive the Iranian nuclear accord were scaled back, reducing the odds that crude flows from the country would increase further. The technicals seem for now to disagree with that outlook.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

Oil’s rally found resistance by the bottom of a bearish flag, on the cusp of completing a H&S top.

Up Ahead

  • The 2021 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group take place virtually this week. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is among the participants of a climate discussion on Tuesday and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell takes part in a panel about the global economy on Thursday.
  • On Wednesday, the Fed publishes minutes from its March meeting.
  • On Friday, China’s consumer and producer prices data are released.

Market Moves



  • The Dollar Index gained 0.2%.
  • The yen declined 0.2% to 110.39 per dollar.
  • The euro was dipped 0.1% to $1.1803.
  • The British pound slipped 0.2% to $1.3869.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 1.7%%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to -0.31%.
  • The UK 10-year yield climbed three basis points to 0.82%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.1% to $59.28 a barrel. It tumbled 4.6% in the previous session.
  • Gold added 0.1% to $1,729.91 an ounce.
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