Bond Yields Surge, Stocks Waver Amid Fed Rate Cut Doubts

Bond Yields Surge, Stocks Waver Amid Fed Rate Cut Doubts
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Bond Yields Surge, Stocks Waver Amid Fed Rate Cut Doubts
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Bond Yields Surge, Stocks Waver Amid Fed Rate Cut Doubts

Bond Yields Surge, Stocks Waver Amid Fed Rate Cut Doubts

Bond Yields Surge, Stocks Waver Amid Fed Rate Cut Doubts

Key Highlights:

  1. U.S. government bond yields hit a four-week high, influencing global counterparts and impacting stocks.
  2. Crude oil climbs for the fourth consecutive day on expectations of OPEC maintaining production cuts and renewed geopolitical tensions.
  3. European equities and U.S. stock futures decline; traders uncertain about the Fed’s policy path amidst improving economic data.

On Wednesday, U.S. government bond yields surged to a near four-week peak, spurring similar movements in global bond markets and putting pressure on stocks. This followed stronger-than-expected consumer confidence data and remarks from Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari suggesting potential rate hikes.

The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield reached 4.576%, not seen since May 3, while Germany’s 10-year bond yield rose to 2.637%, the highest in a month. Japanese yields also climbed to levels unseen since December 2011, reflecting expectations of a potential interest rate hike by the Bank of Japan.

Expectations of Fed rate cuts have diminished, with traders now seeing a 44% chance of at least a quarter-point rate cut by September, down from a coin toss just a day earlier. This uncertainty has weighed on European equities and U.S. stock futures, with S&P 500 contracts down by 0.48% and Nasdaq contracts lower by 0.56%.

The release of U.S. personal consumption expenditure inflation data on Friday will provide further insights into Fed policy decisions. Meanwhile, German inflation data for May is expected later on Wednesday, ahead of the euro zone-wide reading on Friday.

In energy markets, Brent crude oil futures rose to $84.78 a barrel, the highest since May 1, while U.S. crude futures climbed to $80.42, driven by expectations of OPEC maintaining supply curbs and geopolitical tensions following Israel’s assault on Rafah.

Amidst these developments, mainland Chinese blue chip stocks edged higher after the IMF upgraded its economic growth forecasts for the country.

(Inputs from Mint)

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