Global Stocks On Track For Large Weekly Loss

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On Friday. world stocks were set to record their largest weekly drop since 2016 as talk of central bank policy tightening and expectations of higher inflation boosted global borrowing costs igniting a share sell-off.

The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, shed 0.4 percent.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury rose over 2.8 percent, its highest level since early 2014.

Global central banks have taken more of a hawkish stance, with exciting economic data as well as resilient oil prices increasing long-term inflation prospects.

The European Central Bank is expected to conclude its asset-purchase program earlier than expected in September. As a result, five-year German Bond yields rose above zero for the first time since 2015 and United Kingdom gilt prices depreciated.  The Bank of Japan tried to curb the increase in borrowing costs, with Friday’s vow to purchase as many bonds as it would take to keep yields low.

As for currencies, the dollar index gained 0.2 percent by noon in Europe. Still, the index, which measures the dollar against a basket of currencies, lingered near its lowest levels in three years.


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“Bond investors are selling out of U.S. treasuries and at the same time liquidating out of their long U.S. dollar positions,” said market analyst Niels Christensen, explaining regarding the dollar’s failure to grow with the increase on treasury yields. Christensen described the Friday’s improvement of the dollar as led by “some profit taking ahead of the US jobs numbers” and a small move.

Investors are waiting on January’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for indications of the labor market’s strength.  Nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 180,000 jobs in January following December’s increase of 148,000, according to a survey of economists. The unemployment rate is forecast to remain unchanged at its 17-year low of 4.1 percent.

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European shares were on track for their largest weekly loss in six months.

Over a 5 percent decline in Deutsche Bank and losses in most sectors brought down the pan-European STOXX 600 index 1 percent. Germany’s DAX lost 1.2 percent and the UK’s FTSE fell 0.4 percent.  This week the STOXX has lost 2.6 percent, its biggest loss since August.

Asian shares slipped, with Korean and Japanese benchmark indices dropping 1.7 percent and 0.9 percent respectively.  MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent.

In commodities, gold remained near a six-month peak at $1,344.51 an ounce. U.S. crude shed 0.1 percent to $65.73 per barrel and Brent dropped 0.3 percent to $69.42.


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