Global Stock Rally Grows on Economic Recovery Hope: Markets Wrap

The global rally in stocks showed no signs of abating Wednesday as investors continued to bet on a quick economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The dollar extended its recent decline.

South Korean shares led gains in Asia, with stocks also climbing in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. U.S. equity futures pushed up after the S&P 500 closed at its highest since early March. Brent crude extended its rebound above $40 a barrel as investors eyed a potential extension of record production curbs by OPEC+. Treasury yields ticked higher, while the yen pared an overnight decline.

Global stocks are trading at a three-month high as businesses continue to reopen around the world and manufacturing gauges show economies stabilizing following coronavirus shutdowns. That’s despite a slew of risks still on the horizon, including tense U.S.-China relations that may jeopardize a hard-won trade deal.

The sometimes-violent demonstrations across U.S. cities over the killing by police of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, aren’t yet seen as a major drag on the economy and corporate profits. Despite the unrest, Chicago will enter the next phase of its reopening plan as scheduled on Wednesday.

20,848 in U.S.Most new cases today

-9% Change in MSCI World Index of global stocks since Wuhan lockdown, Jan. 23

-1.​029 Change in U.S. treasury bond yield since Wuhan lockdown, Jan. 23

-4.​8% Global GDP Tracker (annualized), April


“If I look at the markets, I see a V-shaped recovery,” Mark Mobius, co-founder at Mobius Capital Partners, said on Bloomberg TV. “That’s what the markets are telling us.”

Elsewhere, the Australian dollar pared gains after data showed the economy retreated on a quarterly basis in the first three months of the year. On Tuesday, European shares climbed to a 12-week high as Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to thrash out a second aid package for Germany.

Here are some key events coming up:

  • In Europe, the ECB is expected to top up its rescue program with an additional 500 billion euros of asset purchases at a meeting on Thursday. Anything less than an expansion would be a big shock, Bloomberg Economics said.
  • The U.S. labor market report on Friday will probably show American unemployment soared to 19.6% in May, the highest since the 1930s.

These are the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.3% as of 10:35 a.m. in Tokyo. The gauge rose 0.8% on Tuesday.
  • Japan’s Topix index advanced 0.7%.
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.2%.
  • Shanghai Composite index added 0.4%.
  • South Korea’s Kospi index climbed 2.5%.
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.8%.
  • Euro Stoxx 50 futures rose 1.1%.

Currencies

  • The yen was at 108.48 per dollar, up 0.2%.
  • The offshore yuan rose 0.2% to 7.0916 per dollar.
  • The euro bought $1.1196, up 0.2%.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries climbed two basis points to 0.71%.
  • Australia’s 10-year yield climbed five basis points to 0.96%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude increased 2.7% to $37.82 a barrel. Brent was at $40.37 a barrel, up 2.1%.
  • Gold held at $1,728.09 an ounce.

— With assistance by Guy Johnson, and Nancy Moran

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