Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Opening Bell: Futures, Europe Stocks Slide Ahead Of Earnings Season; Oil Drops


  • Treasury rally weighs on stocks
  • Tech futures the only bright spot on the Monday board
  • Oil extends its decline

Key Events

US futures contracts on the , and , as well as European stocks, headed lower in trading on Monday ahead of the start of the US earnings season. Upcoming reports will be closely watched as a gauge to determine whether the economic recovery can withstand rising inflation and the persistent spread of the Delta strain of the coronavirus. Futures on the , however, moved slightly higher after the underlying index posted new records last week

Gold traded lower. 

Global Financial Affairs

We expect stocks to as second-quarter earnings season kicks-off with banks reporting.

On Tuesday ahead of the US open, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) and JPMorgan (NYSE:) will report followed by Bank of America (NYSE:), BlackRock (NYSE:) and Citigroup (NYSE:) which report ahead of the open on Wednesday. We expect markets will react to every piece of news regarding inflation, the coronavirus and the path to US monetary tightening. 

Once again, the market has flipped from Friday’s reflation-led rally back to growth sectors, led by technology. NASDAQ 100 contracts were the only major index in the green, up 0.2%, while Russell 2000 futures underperformed, 0.4% deep in the red.

After opening with swings between gains and losses, the index was pulled lower by banks and commodity producers—reflation sectors— overshadowing a rally in real estate and utilities.

After taking profits on Friday, bond traders ended the 8-day straight decline for yields. We have argued that investors have been increasing Treasury holdings to protect their capital on concerns that the virus, more so than inflation, is hurting the recovery as the appetite for the Treasury note far surpassed the demand for or , two other inflation hedges.

Treasuries are likely to have an impact on markets this week as new economic data prints, including key inflation data on Tuesday, the June , which will offer insight into inflationary pressures, and Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell’s semi-annual testimony to Congress.

10-year Treasuries Daily

Yields are resuming a selloff, after a bearish pennant helped them to top out, pushing them into a steeper falling channel.

The fluctuated, and at the time of writing, gave up early gains and edged lower. The greenback is now struggling to prevent a decline for a third day in a row, its longest since May 18.

The price of gold slipped.

Gold Daily

The yellow metal is trading in what appears to be a rising flag or wedge, bearish with a downside breakout.

traded higher for the second day, a meaningless move as long as the digital coin remains trapped in the current range, where it has been since May 20.

extended a selloff after upending a six-week straight gain, as OPEC+ remains mired in a production dispute, demonstrating a lack of control over the market.

Oil Daily

WTI is potentially setting up a H&S top.

Up Ahead

  • The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s latest will be announced on Wednesday.
  • On Thursday, Bank of Korea announces its .
  • China second-quarter is published on Thursday.
  • On Friday, the Bank of Japan releases its .

Market Moves


  • Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.3%
  • Futures on the NASDAQ 100 were little changed
  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.4%
  • The STOXX 600 fell 0.3%
  • The rose 0.2%


  • The Dollar Index rose 0.1%
  • The was little changed at $1.1872
  • The fell 0.2% to $1.3873
  • The was little changed at 110.12 per dollar


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined three basis points to 1.33%
  • Germany’s yield declined one basis point to -0.31%
  • Britain’s yield declined two basis points to 0.63%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.8% to $73.98 a barrel
  • Gold futures fell 0.4% to $1,802.80 an ounce

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