Breaking News
0
Ad-Free Version. Subscribe now to follow markets, faster and distraction-free. More details

GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street set to open lower; Fed and U.S. tech earnings in focus

Stock MarketsJan 27, 2021 12:42
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
© Reuters.

* Graphic: Global asset performance http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn
* Graphic: World FX rates http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
* Reuters Live Markets blog: LIVE/

(Updates prices and commentary)
By Elizabeth Howcroft
LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Europe's share indexes fell on
Wednesday and Wall Street futures were in the red as investors
turned more cautious about COVID-19 and stretched stock
valuations, with the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and tech
giants' earnings also in focus.
The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 49
countries, was down 0.2% at 1104 GMT, having fallen around 1%
since it hit a new all-time high on Jan. 21 .MIWD00000PUS .
Following a weak Asian session in which shares were hurt by
profit-taking, European indexes also retreated, with the STOXX
600 down 0.8%. London's FTSE 100 was down 0.7% .FTSE while Germany's DAX
was down 1% .GDAXI .
The dollar rose against a basket of currencies and was last
at 90.359, up 0.2% on the day =USD . “There's been a bit of a shift of tone in markets in the
last few days," said Catherine Doyle, investment specialist at
Newton Investment Management.
"Markets are starting to worry about COVID again," she
added, highlighting in particular the Brazilian and South
African variants of the virus. "We're now going into a seasonally more difficult period, as
you come into February that's typically when you might see
markets pause if they started off the year very strongly," Doyle
said.
"Within our portfolio we've put on some protection to
potentially cushion us in case there is some volatility."
Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)
and Apple, are due later in the session.
"With some financial assets currently trading at what many
are describing as bubble territory, there'll be heightened
attention on these releases to see whether these current
valuations are justified," Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid
said in a note to clients.
S&P 500 e-minis were down around 0.4% EScv1 , but Nasdaq
futures were up 0.2%, helped by strong Microsoft earnings the
previous session NQcv1 . Microsoft said its Azure cloud computing services grew by
50%. Heightened participation of retail investors in the stock
market has come into focus this week, as amateur traders on
Reddit's r/WallStreetBets stock trading discussion group piled
into GameStop GME.N , causing it to skyrocket while
professional shortsellers scrambled to cover losing bets.
To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look
symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of
a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to
ease the coronavirus crisis.
Newton Investment Management's Doyle said that people
"taking a punt on the market" is a sign that "risk appetite has
got carried away".
Also in focus is the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
The Fed is not expected to make any policy changes but investors
will be listening for shifts in tone around the economic outlook
and any mention of slowing down - or "tapering" - the Fed's
asset purchases. The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield held close to the three-week
low it hit in the previous session, and was broadly flat on the
day at 1.0432% US10YT=RR .
The International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for
global economic growth in 2021, and said the
coronavirus-triggered downturn last year would be nearly one
percentage point less severe than expected. Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday and
countries around the world are struggling with new variants of
the virus and delays in vaccine rollouts. The euro was down 0.3% at $1.21245, while euro zone
government bond yields edged up slightly.
Gold was down 0.4% XAU= . Bitcoin was down around 3%
BTC=BTSP .
Oil prices rose after industry data showed U.S. crude
stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week and China recorded its
lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks.
<^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Emerging markets http://tmsnrt.rs/2ihRugV
Global asset performance http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn
Fed Balance Sheet https://tmsnrt.rs/3iOsevC
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^>

GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street set to open lower; Fed and U.S. tech earnings in focus
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind: 

  • Enrich the conversation
  • Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed.
  • Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically.
  •  Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and links within a comment will be removed
  • Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user.
  • Don’t Monopolize the Conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email