Opening Bell: U.S. Futures, Global Stocks Rebound; Oil Pressured, Gold Flat

  • Markets rally on positive COVID-19 vaccine news
  • Equities buoyed by significant corporate acquisition announcements
  • Oil under pressure ahead of OPEC+ meeting and negative outlook from BP

Key Events

US futures and global stocks rose on Monday, following an array of positive corporate deal news and and further announcements on a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Contracts on the , and increased more than 1% this morning while futures for the climbed 1.48% on the heels of first back-to-back decline for US stocks since April, and the biggest losses since before markets bottomed in March. 

The dollar was slightly weaker while gold remained flat. 

Global Financial Affairs

Over the weekend, AstraZeneca (NYSE:) announced it was restarting Phase III trials on its coronavirus vaccine and Pfizer (NYSE:) CEO Albert Bourla said its vaccine may be distributed as early as the end of this year, improving sentiment.

It was reported that Oracle (NYSE:) was on track to announce the partnership battle for TikTok, the Chinese social media app, beating out Microsoft (NASDAQ:).

Shares in SoftBank (OTC:) jumped after NVIDIA (NASDAQ:) agreed to purchase the Japanese company’s chip division ARM for $40 billion.

And Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:) announced it will buy biotech, Immunomedics (NASDAQ:) for $21 billion. 

All of this positive dealmaking along with renewed hopes a COVID-19 vaccine, ahead of this week’s Fed policy that is widely expected to remain dovish, provides bargain hunters all the fuel they require to jump right back into equities.

Analysts are also predicting that the acute US selloff may be coming to an end, having achieved a healthy correction. Of course, that assessment is based on the premise that the bull market will endure. Goldman says it remains “optimistic about the path of the US equity market in coming months.” 

While we cannot predict the future, we’re not as optimistic.

Putting aside all the fundamental arguments we’ve been making even as the US stock market provided investors the best returns in decades, the Index may be showing signs of a reversal.

We’re not bearish at this point, but we’re not bullish either. We’re on the fence. Here’s why:

Strictly speaking, the S&P completed a descending series of peaks and trough, after having found resistance by the top of a since January 2018. However, we won’t consider it a reversal unless prices decline below the previous trough in the uptrend.

S&P Daily

The 7% drop, followed by consolidation, may be biased to a downside breakout. Given that such a continuation pattern’s implied target is the preceding move, it may give the move the oomph needed to break the 3,200 support.

But, again, unless a new high is made or the price takes out the previous uptrend’s low, we’re on the fence.

The Index advanced with all 19 industry groups, but as with US futures, shares led the gains.

Earlier, Asian stocks also advanced, breaking away from Friday’s wild whipsaws. South Korea’s climbed 1.3% to a monthly high, led by a rally in Samsung Electronics (KS:). The index was also boosted by strong foreign demand and improved sentiment as social distancing rules were relaxed.

Australia’s was the second best performer during the Asian session. It was up 0.7% boosted by mining stocks as well as on the news that the state of Victoria, the country’s COVID hotspot, reported its lowest one-day climb in new cases in almost three months.

Japan’s followed, (+0.65%), as its ruling Liberal Democratic Party nominated a new leader, Yoshihide Suga, rendering him the next Prime Minister.

Friday was the fourth loss in five days for megacap technology shares, on worries that valuations were unjustifiably high after a five-month rally. The dropped 0.6%, but even the S&P 500, which closed flat for the day, fell as much as 2.1% for the week, as volatility returned to stocks.

Yields, including Treasuries, edged lower along a H&S top, pressured by the 200 DMA, and with momentum falling.

US 10-Year Daily

The pattern is not defined only by the recent, narrow price action, but remains in a slim range even via the MACD.

The declined from the top of a falling channel since May and the top of a range since July 28. 

Dollar Index Daily

The USD’s more sensitive RSI has fallen below its resistance since mid-June, while still up after the MACD’s short MA peaked above its highest since July 2.

rose from the bottom of a potential bearish flag, the third consecutive such pattern, developing within a larger pennant, bullish within the uptrend. 

Gold Daily

Gold Daily

However, only a decisive pennant breakout will determine the precious metal’s next push.

rose within a pennant.

Bitcoin Daily

The cryptocurrency was bearish after the preceding downside breakout of a H&S that achieved the pattern’s implied target within a single day, which also broke its uptrend line since the early March bottom.

gave up on its first advance in four sessions after back-to-back weekly losses an OPEC+ meeting. Energy major BP (NYSE:) said that oil consumption may never return to the levels seen before the pandemic.

Oil Daily

WTI has been developing a pennant bearish after the preceding 16.75% plunge within 6 sessions, completing a rising wedge, itself bearish after the climatic rally that preceded it. A downside breakout will set a decline toward $30.

Up Ahead

  • China and data is due on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday sees the FOMC policy decision and from Chair Jerome Powell.
  • , and policy decisions come Thursday.
  • Friday sees quadruple witching for US markets when the quarterly expiration of futures and options on indices and stocks occur on the same day.

Market Futures

Stocks

  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index advanced 1.4%.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.7%.
  • The Index increased 0.9%.
  • The Index advanced 0.9%.

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index declined 0.25% to 93.08.
  • The was little changed at $1.1851.
  • The British advanced 0.2% to $1.2826.
  • The Japanese strengthened 0.2% to 106 per dollar.
  • The strengthened 0.1% to 6.8294 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined less than one basis point to 0.66%.
  • The yield on Treasuries climbed less than one basis point to 0.13%.
  • Germany’s yield fell one basis point to -0.49%.
  • Britain’s yield sank two basis points to 0.166%.
  • Japan’s yield declined one basis point to 0.021%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.3% to $37.49 a barrel.
  • was little changed at $39.93 a barrel.
  • Gold strengthened 0.3% to $1,947.11 an ounce.
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