Oil Declines Amid Prospects Of An Agreement Between Israel And Hamas. Powell Will Address The Us Congress Today

On Monday, the Dow Jones (US30) decreased by 0.08%, while the S&P 500 (US500) added 0.10%. The NASDAQ Technology Index (US100) closed positive 0.28%. Strengthening chip stocks on Monday led technology stocks higher and boosted the overall market.

Markets are awaiting Fed Chairman Powell's semi-annual monetary policy report before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. Markets are also cautiously awaiting key US inflation data on Thursday (CPI) and Friday (PPI). On Monday, data showed that expectations for 1-year US consumer inflation fell for the second straight month to 3% in June from 3.2% in May. Last week's data also pointed to rising unemployment, a contraction in service-sector activity, and weak private-sector employment. The probability of a Fed rate cut in September is about 76%.

Nike (NKE) stock price fell more than 3% and topped the Dow Jones Industrials' list of losers after Jim Cramer said the company's latest conference call was a "desperation call" and he "can't find anything good for the company." Shares of Gilead Sciences (GILD) closed higher by more than 1% after Raymond James upgraded the stock to “outperform” from “market perform” with a $93 price target.

Equity markets in Europe were mostly down on Monday. Germany's DAX (DE40) was down 0.02%, France's CAC 40 (FR40) fell by 0.63%, Spain's IBEX 35 (ES35) was down 0.01%, and the UK's FTSE 100 (UK100) closed negative 0.13%.

German exports for May fell by 3.6% m/m, weaker than expectations of 2.8% m/m and the biggest decline in 5 months. Imports fell by -6.6% mom in May, weaker than expectations of 1.0% m/m and the strongest in 17 months. ECB Governing Council spokesman Muller said yesterday that wage and service price growth in the Eurozone remains strong and "for this reason, the ECB cannot rush to cut interest rates."

The Euro Stoxx 50 Index rose to a 3-week high on Monday after Sunday's French election was unexpectedly won by a far-left party, leaving a divided parliament and without a clear majority. This result limits the options for any party, leading to expectations that President Macron will form a new coalition between centrists and center-leftists.

Trade tensions between China and the EU are escalating, with Beijing planning to hold anti-dumping hearings next week over brandy purchased from the EU. The move follows the imposition of additional tariffs on Chinese electric cars from the EU.

WTI crude oil prices fell to $82 a barrel on Tuesday, extending losses from the previous session, amid easing fears of supply disruptions. Tropical Storm Beryl, which first hit Texas as a Category 1 hurricane, has been downgraded due to reduced wind speeds and now looks set to dissipate without impacting US domestic oil markets. In addition, concerns about supply risks due to wildfires in Canada have diminished as they have not largely spread to Suncor's infrastructure. Meanwhile, investors are watching geopolitical developments in the Middle East amid prospects of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, which reduces concerns about the escalation of the conflict and possible disruptions to oil supplies.

Asian markets were mostly down last week. Japan's Nikkei 225 (JP225) decreased by 0.32%, China's FTSE China A50 (CHA50) fell by 0.50%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng (HK50) lost 1.55%, and Australia's ASX 200 (AU200) was negative 0.76%.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will hold a monetary policy meeting as early as tomorrow. The Central Bank is expected to leave the official monetary rate at 5.5% for the eighth consecutive time. At the last meeting in May, the Bank said that restrictive policy should be maintained to ensure that inflation returns to target levels. In addition, the possibility of raising interest rates was discussed at that meeting. As the RBNZ has little reason to move to a less hawkish stance, a repeat of the May message could help boost the Kiwi.

The offshore yuan slid to 7.29 per dollar after the People's Bank of China (PBoC) weakened its benchmark rate. The Central Bank set the average rate at 7.1310 per dollar, reversing the strengthening trend over the past three sessions. The yuan has faced pressure since the beginning of 2023 due to domestic issues, including a sluggish real estate sector, weak consumer spending, and declining yields, which have caused capital outflows. However, despite these challenges, there is potential for the offshore yuan to strengthen. On Monday, China's Central Bank announced temporary liquidity operations, which helped ease pressure by improving liquidity management and stabilizing short-term interest rates.

  • S&P 500 (US500) 5,572.85 +5.66 (+0.10%)
  • Dow Jones (US30) 39,344.79 −31.08 (−0.08%)
  • DAX (DE40) 18,472.05 −3.40 (−0.02%)
  • FTSE 100 (UK100) 8,193.49 −10.44 (−0.13%)
  • USD Index 105.01 +0.14 (+0.13%)

Important events today:

  • – Australia NAB Business Confidence (m/m) at 04:30 (GMT+3);
  • – US Fed Chair Powell Testifies at 17:00 (GMT+3);
  • – US FOMC Member Bowman Speaks at 20:30 (GMT+3).

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