- US equity futures failed to gain momentum at the beginning of a week full with corporate earnings releases and economic data that could shed light on the future course of interest rates.
Following a quiet trading week's end, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 contracts showed minimal movement. Treasury yields decreased, and the dollar index remained stable.
- According to statistics from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, leveraged speculators increased net short holdings on 10-year Treasury futures to a record 1.29 million contracts as of April 18. That demonstrates their belief that the Federal Reserve will maintain rate increases in order to combat inflation. This week's earnings from tech-related companies will be scrutinised for clues about how increasing borrowing prices and a faltering economy are affecting them.
- Swaps markets continue to anticipate a peak in Fed rates in the upcoming weeks, followed by a round of reductions later this year. The US GDP data is anticipated to indicate slowing growth, and the so-called core PCE deflator, the favoured inflation indicator of the central bank, is anticipated to show slowed price increase.
- IFO Economist: Banking turmoil has had no impact on companies' sentiment.
- China urges banks to cut deposit rates - Banking Sources.