Market Update – November 06 – The aftermaths of cooler jobs continue

Last week’s market reactions underscore the risks associated with central banks discussing data dependence without clarifying their medium-term framework or how they expect policy to impact the real economy.

Both stocks and bonds experienced rallies, boosted by the Treasury’s smaller-than-anticipated increase in longer-term debt auctions. However, Treasury yields dove with an eye-popping speed. The move underpinned a massive rally. The spectacular drop in rates last week saw the 2- and 10-year maturities recover a lot of their losses in October. The catalysts for the reversal were the FOMC’s less than hawkish stance, the cooler jobs report, and the moderation in Treasury supply increases. Geopolitical risks added a haven bid too.

FT reported: The markets are wrong to assume an economic slowdown and the peak of interest rates. “Higher for longer” for interest rates was always more of a media catchphrase than policy analysis. However, the Powell Federal Reserve may not start to reverse policy errors with rate cuts before the middle of next year, and reacting forcefully to every single data release between now and then is going to be exhausting.
USDIndex tanked, however, falling to a low of 104.84 from the early high of 106.95.
USDJPY at 149.50. BOJ Ueda indicated that policymakers might not have sufficient data by year-end to end negative interest rates, as they continue to monitor the possibility of a wage-inflation cycle.
Stocks: Wall Street exploded higher on the drop in rates. For the week, the US100 was up 6.6%, with the US500 having its best week since November 2022. The US30 posted a 5.85%, gain, its best week since October 2022. The VIX was off -4.8% to 14.91. Asian equities rose today after weaker than expected US jobs data released last week eased concerns over rising interest rates.
Ryanair sees record annual profit, first regular dividend as fares soar
Shares in Chinese brokerages jumped after state media reported that the country’s securities regulator would support buyouts and mergers in the financial sector to help create investment banks.
Gold and Oil were scuttled too. Gold fell to $ 1992.5 per oz, down from $2004.10, but was as soft as $1983.31. USOIL dropped to $80.10 per barrel, but finished with a -1.95% loss at $80.85 after trading as high as $83.6 overnight. Currently settled at $80.85.

Today: EU, France, Germany, Japan: S&P Global October services PMI, UK October construction PMI. Earnings: BioNTech Q3, Itochu H1, Ryanair H1.

Interesting Mover: ETHUSD (+3%) jumped this morning breaking 2-week range and extending to $1910 area.

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst

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