Stocks fell in Asia on Friday as the dollar held a surge that underscores concerns about a global economic slowdown as monetary policy tightens to tackle inflation.
MSCI Inc.’s Asian share gauge dropped for a second day, including a more than 1% drop in commodity-exporter Australia amid lower raw material prices.
S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures edged up after Wall Street shares closed off lows as expectations of a 100 basis-point US interest-rate hike in July receded.
Treasuries inched higher and two-year yields remained above than the 10-year rate. The inversion is viewed as recession signal but has tempered a little.
Growth fears are putting pressure on commodities ranging from metals to crude oil, which remains around $96 a barrel.
Greenback strength is “largely a flight to safety,” Steve Englander, head of global G10 FX research at Standard Chartered Bank, said on Bloomberg TV. “The problem is until we get to see some light at the end of the tunnel with respect to either inflation coming off or oil prices coming off because of supply creation rather than demand destruction, it’s hard to call a top to it.”
In the latest Fed comments, Governor Christopher Waller backed raising rates by 75 basis points this month, though he said he could go bigger if warranted by the data. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard echoed some of those comments, saying he favored hiking by the same amount.
Investors are awaiting economic data from China to assess how its economy is faring amid challenges from a property sector slowdown and Covid lockdowns.
In a first flurry of US bank earnings, JPMorgan Chase & Co. temporarily halted buybacks as earnings fell short of estimates, and Morgan Stanley announced a plunge in investment-banking revenues. But the chiefs of both banks said they aren’t steering their firms toward shelter even as they see global events denting the economy.
Meanwhile about $1.9 trillion of options are set to expire Friday, a even that could bring some volatility to markets.
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