Market: Equities in the red ahead of central bank decisions
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by Claude Chendjou

PARIS (Reuters) – Wall Street is expected to open lower again on Monday and European stock markets are in the red mid-session, caution prevailing at the start of a week marked by decisions expected from several major centrals, including those of the US Federal Reserve (Fed).

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Futures on New York indices signal an opening on Wall Street down 0.75% for the Dow Jones, 0.86% for the Standard & Poor’s 500 and 0.96% for the Nasdaq.

In Paris, the CAC 40 fell 1.14% to 6,008.03 around 11:30 GMT. In Frankfurt, the Dax yields 0.54%. In London, markets are closed due to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index fell by 0.64% and the EuroStoxx 50 for the euro zone by 0.88%. The Stoxx 600, which hit a two-month low in session, contracted another 0.69% after the worst weekly performance in three months recorded by European stock markets on Friday.

“Investors seem to be worried about upcoming central bank meetings,” said Patrick Armstrong, chief investment officer at Plurimi Wealth.

Monday’s drop in Europe is, among other things, led by the new technologies compartment (-1.05%), sensitive to the evolution of interest rates, as the Fed begins a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. monetary.

A further 75 basis point rate hike in the United States is widely anticipated and the probability of a 100 basis point hike is estimated at 20%, shows the CME Group’s FedWatch barometer.

In the euro zone, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, is due to speak on Wednesday at an event organized by the Frankfurter Gesellschaft für Handel, Industrie und Wissenschaft.

Monetary policy releases from the Bank of Japan (BoJ), the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the Bank of England (BoE) will follow on Thursday.

The new tightening expected from these central banks, with the exception of the BoJ, is fueling investor nervousness amid deteriorating economic conditions, with the US volatility Vix index nearing a peak of two months (27.83 points), while its European equivalent advances by 3.24% to 27.28 points.

The German Central Bank also indicated on Monday that the country’s economy could suffer all winter with possible gas rationing.

VALUES IN EUROPE

On the pan-European Stoxx 600, the main sectors are in the red and, in addition to the technology compartment, that of energy (-1.56%) posted one of the largest drops in the wake of the decline in oil, penalized by the strength of the dollar and fears over global demand.

TotalEnergies and Eni lost 2.11% and 1.19% respectively, while in “techs”, Capgemini dropped 0.6% and SAP fell 1.24%.

In business news, TF1 and M6 respectively fell by 2.41% and 2.36% after the abandonment of their merger project.

Volkswagen, which aims for Porsche a valuation of 75 billion euros as part of the IPO of its subsidiary, gains 0.71%.

Deutsche Bank loses 0.63% after the announcement by the German bank of a payment of 60 million euros to the tax authorities, alongside other groups, in the context of the “cum-ex” affair .

RATE

Bond yields in Europe continue to rise, supported by new statements from ECB officials, including Philip Lane, who said over the weekend that the rise in interest rates could continue to next year. Luis de Guindos, the institution’s vice-president, however, said on Monday that the next rate hikes would depend on macroeconomic data.

The ten-year German Bund yield took four basis points to 1.806% and the two-year yield rose 4.5 points to 1.594%.

In Italy, the ten-year BTP yield hit a three-month high of 4.107% (+7 points).

On the American market, the yield of ten-year Treasuries gained nearly six points to 3.5061% and that of two years seven points to 3.9294%.

CHANGES

The dollar advanced 0.1% against other major currencies, very close to its 20-year peak reached on September 7.

The euro, down 0.28%, is trading at 0.9987 dollars, again below parity with the greenback.

OIL

Oil prices are falling, as the strength of the dollar and fears over demand take precedence over an easing of health restrictions in China.

Brent fell 1.93% to 89.59 dollars a barrel and US light crude (West Texas Intermediate, WTI) 2.24% to 83.20 dollars.

(Written by Claude Chendjou, edited by Kate Entringer)

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