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Global stocks fall and US yields rise as oil prices reach new highs

Stocks squeeze minuscule gains, dollar rises as inflation rises

  • The pan-European Stoxx 600 index rose 0.3%.
  • Banks, earn auto stocks
  • Wall Street prepares to reflect developments
  • The dollar rises to a two-week high against the yen

LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – European shares made slight gains on Wednesday, with the dollar rising as investors worried about rising inflation and looming increases in interest rates hurt global growth.

European STOXX 600 Index (.stoxx) Added 0.3% with the London Stock Exchange (.FTSE) and Paris (.fchi) Climbing 0.2% and 0.4%, respectively.

Banks (.SX7P) and cars (.SXAP) Stocks rose, although data showed German retail sales fell more-than-expected in April as consumers feel the tightness of higher prices. Read more

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Tuesday’s figures showed that rising food and energy costs pushed inflation in the euro zone to a record high of 8.1% in May, raising concern about higher interest rates not only in Europe but globally. Read more

The Bank of Canada is the latest central bank to plan to raise interest rates, with economists expecting an increase to 1.5% from 1.0% later on Wednesday. Read more

Market players were watching whether attempts to curb inflation by central banks around the world with tighter monetary policy would trigger recessions – which in turn could slow interest rate hikes.

“It’s just an incredibly uncertain environment right now,” said Mike Bell, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management. “At times like these, it only makes sense to adjust the size of the risk positions.”

Bell said investors were also concerned about whether the European Union’s agreement on a ban on imports of Russian crude would see retaliation from Moscow. The ban aims to stop 90 percent of Russia’s crude imports into the 27-nation bloc by the end of the year. Read more

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Wall Street was about to repeat the gains in Europe. S&P 500 futures rose 0.4%, boosted by London trading.

MSCI World Stock Index (.MIWD00000PUS)which tracks stocks in 50 countries, has been consistent.

Earlier, Shanghai was shown flashing after two months of lockdown, but with data showing a sharp drop in factory activity across Asia from slumping Chinese demand, relief in the region is short-lived. Read more

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan (MIAPJ0000PUS.) It fell 0.4%, dragged down by the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong (.HSI).

Eurozone bond yields fell in early trading after rising on Tuesday after inflation data in the bloc came in much higher than expected.

As concerns about global inflation flared up again, the US dollar rose to a two-week high against the yen, boosted by rising Treasury yields. The dollar stopped falling in three weeks and hit a two-week high of 129.23 yen.

The dollar index, which measures the currency against six major peers, including Japan, rose 0.2% to 102.05, extending its 0.4% gain from Tuesday.

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The US Federal Reserve will begin to reduce the asset holdings that have accumulated during the pandemic on Wednesday. Traders expect interest rates to rise by 50 basis points at meetings this month and next and are unsure and increasingly concerned after that.

Louis Fed President James Bullard and New York Fed President John Williams are also scheduled to speak on Wednesday, and will be watched for evidence of the outlook.

“We’re in this kind of twilight zone right now where it’s very difficult to deal with what the Fed will do after the July meeting,” said Moh Seong Sim, an analyst at the Bank of Singapore.

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“Depending on who says what and how the data will turn out, there will be a lot of volatility over the next few weeks.”

In the commodity markets, oil prices rose slightly after the European Union agreed to a partial and gradual ban on Russian oil and with the end of the Shanghai COVID-19 lockdown.

Brent crude futures rose 0.3 percent to $115.95 a barrel.

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Additional reporting by Tom Wilson in London and Tom Westbrook in Singapore; Editing by Sam Holmes and Emilia Sithole Mataris

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