Deutsche Tageszeitung - Stocks dip in muted trade at start of week

Stocks dip in muted trade at start of week


Stocks dip in muted trade at start of week
Stocks dip in muted trade at start of week / Foto: © AFP

Stocks mostly slipped lower on Monday with traders assessing recession risks as high inflation causes central banks to hike interest rates.

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However, movements were more muted than during the volatile trading last week that saw huge swings higher and lower.

Wall Street stocks dipped at the start of trading, with the Dow slipping 0.2 percent.

European equities were also mostly lower in afternoon trading following a mixed performance in Asia as investors digested more weak economic data out of China and the eurozone.

Brussels on Monday sharply cut its eurozone growth forecast for 2022, blaming skyrocketing energy prices caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In commodities trading, wheat prices surged to a record after India banned exports of the commodity owing to a heatwave hitting production.

Global wheat prices had already soared on tight supply concerns since Russia's February invasion of agricultural powerhouse Ukraine, which previously accounted for 12 percent of world exports.

The price jumped to 435 euros ($453) per tonne as the European market opened Monday.

World equity markets have meanwhile been volatile for much of 2022, fuelled by uncertainty over supply chain snarls owing to China's lockdowns, decades-high inflation pressures and anxiety over Russia's invasion.

Wall Street stocks closed Friday with a robust rally on the tech-rich Nasdaq after a tumultuous week that saw markets fluctuate on US inflation data and slumping Chinese exports.

One of the main drivers of volatility is China's lockdowns. Economic engine Shanghai in particular has been under strict virus restrictions since April, shuttering factories and pausing port activity.

The extent of the economic haemorrhaging was revealed Monday when China's National Bureau of Statistics announced the country's retail sales slumped 11.1 percent on-year in April.

Industrial production sank 2.9 percent -- the lowest showing since March 2020.

- Risk of recession -

"The market continues to trade on very short-term recessionary signals..., keeping intraday volatility high," said Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management.

Economist Clifford Bennett of ACY Securities said "there is a very real risk, even likelihood of a triple northern hemisphere recession across the US, Europe and China simultaneously and virtually immediately".

He added that all eyes will be on how the Federal Reserve acts in the coming months, specifically whether it will further raise US interest rates to combat surging inflation.

"Growth concerns have been reinforced by China reporting weaker-than-expected retail sales, industrial production, and fixed asset management data for April," said market analyst Patrick O'Hare at Briefing.com.

On the corporate front Monday, American fast-food giant McDonald's said it would exit the Russian market and sell its business in the country to a local buyer in the wake of the Ukraine war.

Shares in McDonald's dipped 0.3 percent at the open of trading in New York.

French automaker Renault has meanwhile handed over its Russian assets to the Russian government, marking the first major nationalisation since the onset of sanctions over Moscow's military campaign.

Renault shares skidded 1.0 percent in afternoon trading.

- Key figures at around 1330 GMT -

London - FTSE 100: UP 0.3 percent at 7,437.17 points

Frankfurt - DAX: DOWN 0.8 percent at 13,919.22

Paris - CAC 40: DOWN 0.5 percent at 6,331.51

EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.5 percent at 3,588.49

New York - Dow: DOWN 0.2 percent at 32,129.47

Hong Kong - Hang Seng Index: UP 0.2 percent at 19,950.21 (close)

Shanghai - Composite: DOWN 0.3 percent at 3,073.75 (close)

Tokyo - Nikkei 225: UP 0.5 percent at 26,547.05 (close)

Brent North Sea crude: DOWN less than 0.1 percent at $110.68 per barrel

West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.2 percent at $110.68 per barrel

Euro/dollar: UP at $1.04 from $1.0417 at 2130 GMT Friday

Pound/dollar: UP at $1.22 from $1.2262

Euro/pound: UP at 85. pence from 84.92 pence

Dollar/yen: UP at 129. yen from 129.19 yen

(V.Korablyov--DTZ)