European futures seeking direction
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EUROPEAN FUTURES SEEKING DIRECTION (0645 GMT)
European shares were set to open without clear direction on Tuesday with futures moving around parity following an uncertain session in Asia and a flat Wall Street close, as investors grow cautions ahead of Wednesday's U.S. inflation report.
EuroSTOXX50 and DAX contracts were last little changed, while FTSE 100 futures added 0.1%, as London reopens following a long weekend. U.S. futures were down slightly.
In European corporate news, some earnings releases were in focus. Dialysis specialist Fresenius Medical Care reported a drop in its Q1 adjusted operating income but said labour shortages were slowly easing.
Chemicals group Evonik reported a smaller than expected drop in Q1 core profit, while Daimler Truck reported a higher return of sales, towards the top end of its annual outlook for 2023.
In M&A, sportswear group JD Sports proposed to buy France's Groupe Courir for an enterprise value of 520 million euros.
SBB remained on the watchlist after the Swedish landlord delayed its dividend and scrapped plans for a $259 rights issue following heavy losses in its share price in the wake of a credit rating downgrade to junk.
US UNCERTAINTY FEEDS CAUTION IN ASIA (0558 GMT)
European investors hoping to find some clues on market direction from Asia may be disappointed today.
Overall, the market mood was cautious ahead of the week's trading highlight, Wednesday's U.S. CPI report, which will put to the test the market's view that the Fed is done hiking.
A regional stock benchmark eased back from a more than two-week high, the dollar was firm and Treasury yields remained elevated, despite coming off a bit in Tokyo. Crude oil and gold were basically treading water.
However, the region's biggest stock markets were outliers: Japan's Nikkei rebounded sharply from losses in the previous session as strong earnings lifted the steel sector, and mainland Chinese blue chips jumped, showing little interest in data that revealed an unexpected decline in imports last month and slowing exports.
Every U.S. economic indicator has taken on added importance after Fed Chair Jerome Powell signaled last week that the policy path will depend on incoming data.
And there are several other reasons that investor attention is squarely on the U.S., with the debt ceiling tussle deadlocked and banking sector troubles simmering.
Lenders got a bit of respite overnight, after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said regulators stand ready to mobilize the same tools used in previous bank rescues.
The Fed's quarterly Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey ('SLOOS') also buoyed the mood, showing tighter lending conditions but no impending credit crunch. Still, the proviso is that the results missed the latest turmoil around First Republic and PacWest.
Yellen also had a warning that failure to lift the debt limit would cause a huge hit to the U.S. economy and weaken the dollar as the world's reserve currency, reiterating that the government could be out of cash by June 1.
Key developments that could influence markets on Tuesday:
- ECB board members Philip Lane, Isabel Schnabel to speak at separate events
- U.S. National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) April survey of small businesses
- President Joe Biden and Republican lawmakers meet to discuss the debt ceiling standoff
Annual change in U.S. Consumer Price Indexhttps://tmsnrt.rs/3B695PN
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