Dave Lutz, head of ETFs at JonesTrading, has an overview of markets this Monday:
- After two weeks of falling prices, tech stocks are leading a small rally ahead of the opening bell.
- Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is being felt across the pond, as the FTSE is up 50 basis points on a local grocery store’s rise.
- Oil and gold are nearing multi-month lows.
Good Morning! US Futures in rally mode, with mega-tech leading us to upside as NDX gains 60bp into the White House meeting of Tech Executives. AMD, NVDA, AAPL, AMZN all up ~1%+ carrying the sector north. All Green in Europe, where the DAX is up 90bp and just off all-time highs – France jumping 1% as Macron padded his majority in the French Assembly – Fins leading, while retailers seeing a tentative rebound. Industrials are jumping behind third Point/Philips headers, while Autos are in rally mode. FTSE up 50bp with Ocado rallying in London as AMZN-WFM sparks animal spirits/ Volumes are pacing a “summer Monday” level tho, with most exchanges 10-20% light in turnover. Strong rallies in Asia, with Nikkei up 70bp – Hang Seng up 1.2% – Shanghai up 70bp ahead of MSCI decision tomorrow, and Aussie up 50bp despite retailers getting smoked on AMZN, and Moody’s downgrades their banks
The 10YY remains at a depressed 2.15% level into Multiple Fed Speakers this week, but the DXY is starting on the back foot. Sterling above 7-month lows as Brexit talks begin, while Euro jumping on yet another populist electoral defeat. $/Y higher on weaker export data, while the Greenback is gaining against Aussie as the Bank downgrades weigh. Ore up 2% on headers of Wealth Management firms being allowed to invest in metals – that is dragging Copper 1% higher, while Gold drifts near one-month lows. Oil hovering just above 6-week lows, while Gasoline is adding 1% after last week’s inventory inspired weakness. Natty tho is getting smoked for 5% as milder weather in the mid-west sparks selling.