Market Update – March 21 – Risk Aversion Picked Up

Risk aversion continues to dominate as Russia’s attack intensifies and hopes of a resolution through talks fades. Stagflation concerns and the longer term impact on the recovery are keeping a lid on stock markets and complicate the outlook for central banks. The BoE managed to pull off a “dovish rate hike” last week, China’s central bank kept lending rate unchanged in line with expectations, while SNB is expected to keep policy settings on hold this week. At the same time, China’s lockdown in the tech-hub of Shenzen threatens to lead to ongoing delays in long awaited deliveries. German PPI inflation hit 25.9% y/y in February – sharp rise in cost pressures even before the impact of the Ukraine war had really taken hold. Energy price inflation hit 68.0% y/y. No surprise that many at the ECB are getting nervous, especially as the risk of rising wage pressures is mounting. 

USD steady (USDIndex 98.30)  
Equities – After PBOC, Asian shares weer down. ASX was down -0.2% at the close, while Hang Seng and CSI 300 are currently posting losses of -0.9% and -0.2% respectively. US futures are also in the red, after the strongest week since November 2020. GER40 and UK100 futures are down -0.2% and -0.02% respectively.
USOil – Rallied to $108.80 – attacks by Iran backed rebels on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia pushed up prices.
Gold –  remains under pressure to$1925.
Bitcoin holds the break of $40,000 yesterday, trades at $41,055 now. 
FX marketsEURUSD back to 1.1050, unable to hold breach of 1.1100, USDJPY at 119.20 and Cable pullback to 1.3155.

Today – There are a number of ECB and BoE speakers schedule this week that could attract attention in nervous markets. PMI reports in particular will be in focus in the light of Ukraine tensions and the pick up in energy prices.

Biggest FX Mover @ (07:30 GMT) USOIL (+4.03%) Rally continues to 109.36,reversing 50% of MArch losses. Fast MAs aligned higher, MACD signal line & histogram strong, RSI 79 and rising, H1 ATR 0.87, Daily ATR 9.25.

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst

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