Global stocks are sliding on anxiety that seems exhausted: markets turning

(Bloomberg) — Stocks fell on Monday as concerns about the global economy and the path of interest rates sapped steam from a sharp rally in the second quarter.

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A 1% drop in a key stock gauge in Europe swept through almost every industry. Among the largest companies moving people, Sartorius AG fell 15% after issuing a warning about larger-than-expected earnings. In Asia, disappointed hopes for more stimulus have pushed Chinese tech companies back.

With increasing uncertainty about the path of prices, traders are oscillating between the temptation of a rally and the concern that it has been exhausted and that the market has become overbought.

The rally on Wall Street has now erased more than a year of losses inflicted by the Fed, as equities, volatility and the dollar have weathered the impact of 10 rate hikes. The S&P 500 capped its fifth consecutive week of gains and is now higher than it was on the day the Fed launched its campaign.

“Perhaps optimism, or perhaps just caged pessimism, is the strongest theme in global markets right now,” Giles Gill, pricing analyst at NatWest Markets, wrote in a note. “Inflation looks surprisingly well behaved despite the Fed’s weak protests.”

US stock and bond markets are closed on Monday for a holiday. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.1%.

Read more: Wall Street rally wipes away a year of Fed-led losses

Looking ahead, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will present his semi-annual report to Congress on Wednesday. Speakers this week include St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard and his counterparts in New York and Chicago.

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Federal Reserve policymakers kept interest rates unchanged at their latest meeting but warned of further tightening ahead. The decision came last week with expectations that borrowing costs would rise by 5.6% in 2023, which means a quarter-point or half-point increase in the interest rate before the end of the year.

“Markets are still pricing in a lower interest rate path compared to the Fed’s point chart,” said Janet Moye, head of market analysis at RBC Brewin Dolphin. As we approach peak rates, it is uncertain how long rates will remain high. Markets have a more pessimistic lens on that.”

Elsewhere, the UK’s short-term borrowing costs rose to 5% for the first time since the global financial crisis amid fears that alarming inflation expectations could lead to more aggressive monetary tightening from policymakers.

Read more: UK short-term borrowing costs hit 5% for the first time since 2008

Chinese tech companies fell, with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Inc. and Baidu Inc. By more than 3%, the Hang Seng Tech Index fell 2.9%.

Investors were on edge for China’s cabinet to announce new stimulus after Friday’s meeting, but it did not announce any specific proposals. The lack of tangible evidence of support adds to concerns about a slowing economy, unnerving investors who bid on Chinese stocks last week hoping for a package deal.

Main events this week:

  • June US holiday, Monday

  • China loan initial interest rates, tuesday

  • Residences begin in the US, Tuesday

  • Louis Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks, Tuesday

  • New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams speaks on Tuesday

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivers semi-annual congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Wednesday

  • Chicago Federal Reserve President Austin Goolsby speaks Wednesday

  • Eurozone Consumer Confidence, Thursday

  • Price decisions in the UK, Switzerland, Indonesia, Norway, Mexico, the Philippines and Turkey on Thursday

  • The leading indicator of the US Congressional Council, Initial Jobless Claims, Current Account, Existing Home Sales, Thursday

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivers semi-annual congressional testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Thursday

  • Cleveland Federal Reserve’s Loretta Mester speaks Thursday

  • Eurozone S&P Global Eurozone Manufacturing PMI, S&P Global Eurozone Services PMI, Friday

  • Japanese CPI, Friday

  • S&P Global / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI, Friday

  • Standard & Poor’s Global Manufacturing Index in the US, Friday

  • Louis Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks on Friday

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Some of the major movements in the markets:


  • S&P 500 futures were down 0.1% as of 2 p.m. New York time.

  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.2%.

  • MSCI World Index fell 0.3%


  • The Bloomberg Spot Dollar Index rose 0.2%.

  • The euro fell 0.2 percent to $1.0918

  • The British pound fell 0.3 percent to $1.2779

  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 141.94 per dollar

Digital currencies

  • Bitcoin rose 0.7% to $26,660.31

  • Ether hasn’t changed much at $1,729.75


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was little changed at 3.76%.

  • Germany’s 10-year yield advanced four basis points to 2.52%.

  • The UK 10-year yield advanced eight basis points to 4.49%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.8% to $71.17 a barrel

  • Gold futures fell 0.5 percent to $1,961.30 an ounce

This story was produced with help from Bloomberg Automation.

This story was produced with help from Bloomberg Automation.

— With assistance from Sagarika Jaisinghani and Denitsa Tsekova.

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