Tech Leads US, European Futures Lower; Asia Mixed: Markets Wrap

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(Bloomberg) — US and European stock futures fell Wednesday while Asian stocks eked out small gains amid downbeat investor sentiment following mixed corporate earnings.

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Contracts for the Nasdaq 100 fell 0.7% after a slight decline in the underlying index on Tuesday, with a slowing sales outlook for Microsoft Corp.’s cloud-computing business setting the tone as Asian trading got underway. Futures for the S&P 500 and Euro Stoxx 50 benchmarks also dropped.

Japanese stocks rose in concert with a drop in the yen while Australian shares erased morning gains after inflation accelerated to the fastest pace in 32 years. Data in New Zealand also showed consumer price growth holding near a three-decade high, giving traders reason to question global optimism that inflation is peaking.

South Korea’s Kospi index surged more than 1% in a catchup move after Lunar New Year holidays. Hong Kong and mainland China markets remain closed.

The inflation readings rippled through rates and currency markets. The Australian dollar jumped to the highest level since August. Benchmark 10-year yields for Australia and New Zealand fell sharply in early trading before in Treasuries before reversing course after the price data.

Treasuries broadly held their gains, while a gauge of dollar strength was slightly lower.

Oil rose after a drop on Tuesday and gold inched lower after recent gains that pushed the precious metal to the highest level since April.

The news from Microsoft typified the cautious outlook for corporate profits. The software giant beat earnings estimates, initially sending its shares soaring in after-hours trade before the gains were quickly undone by the warning for its cloud-computing business.

Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. also beat projections, while 3M Co., the maker of Post-it notes, forecast profit that trailed estimates and Texas Instruments Inc., one of the world’s largest chipmakers, suffered its first sales decline since 2020.

Bitcoin fell as much as 2.5% and faced its first two-day drop this year after Microsoft’s outlook dented investor confidence in the cryptocurrency.

The US trading day was marred by a New York Stock Exchange system issue that drove Wells Fargo & Co. sharply down and AT&T Inc. sharply up in the opening seconds of trade before the normal operations returned 20 minutes later. The exchange said some trades would declared “null and void” after the glitch caused hundreds of securities to commence trading without an opening auction price.

Despite the uncertainty from corporate reports, Mark Matthews, head of Asia research for Julius Baer, said earnings were likely to remain robust this year and that the S&P 500 could climb as much as 10%.

“I think we will get a soft landing — a very mild recession if at all, and one you might barely notice,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “We will be soft in the first half economy-wise and then have a recovery in the second half. The market might price in that recovery now – it seems to be.”

Key events this week:

  • Earnings for the week include: Abbott Laboratories, ASML Holding, AT&T, Boeing, International Business Machines, NextEra Energy, Tesla (Wednesday); American Airlines, Blackstone, Comcast, Diageo, Intel, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Mastercard, SAP, Southwest Airlines, Visa (Thursday); American Express, Charter Communications, Chevron, HCA Healthcare (Friday)

  • US MBA mortgage applications, Philadelphia Fed non-manufacturing activity, Wednesday

  • US fourth-quarter GDP, new home sales, initial jobless claims, Thursday

  • US personal income/spending, PCE deflator, University of Michigan consumer sentiment, pending home sales, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures fell 0.4% as of 1:45 p.m. Tokyo time. The S&P 500 fell 0.1%

  • Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.7%. The Nasdaq 100 fell 0.2%

  • Japan’s Topix rose 0.4%

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.1%

  • Euro Stoxx 50 futures fell 0.3%


  • Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed at 1,223.480000

  • The euro rose 0.1% to $1.0899

  • The Japanese yen fell 0.2% to 130.49 per dollar

  • The offshore yuan was little changed at 6.7774 per dollar

  • The Australian dollar rose 0.9% to $0.7106


  • Bitcoin fell 1.1% to $22,645.00

  • Ethereum fell 3.2% to $1547.287


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced one basis point to 3.46%

  • Japan’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 0.425%

  • Australia’s 10-year yield advanced five basis points to 3.51%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.3% to $80.34 a barrel

  • Spot gold fell 0.3% to $1,930.82 an ounce

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

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