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Stock markets mixed as yields ease from 14-month peak - 22.3.2021

22/3/2021
Stock markets mixed as yields ease from 14-month peak
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Global stocks are mixed currently following a mixed session Friday as yields on US 10-year Treasury notes held around 1.677%, after hitting 1.742% on Friday, a high last seen fourteen months ago. Apple shares lost 0.45% Friday, Facebook jumped 4.1% after Mark Zuckerberg said Apple's imminent privacy policy changes on ad sales would leave the social network in a "stronger position."

Forex news

Currency PairChange
EUR USD -0.02%
GBP USD -0.09%
USD JPY -0.17%
AUD USD -0.03%

The Dollar strengthening is intact currently. The live dollar index data show the ICE US Dollar index, a measure of the dollar’s strength against a basket of six rival currencies, added 0.1% on Friday as Federal Reserve decided to let the temporary Supplementary Leverage Ratio (SLR) exemption expire as scheduled on March 31. The exemption allowed banks to exclude holdings of Treasuries and excess deposits from the SLR, a ratio that places a limit on bank balance sheet extensions (relative to capital).

Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD continued their sliding Friday as Germany’s producer prices rose less than forecast in February. Both are lower against the Dollar currently. USD/JPY joined AUD/USD’s continued sliding Friday with yen higher against the Greenback currently while Australian dollar is lower yet.

Stock Market news

IndicesChange
Dow Jones Index -0.33%
GB 100 Index -0.06%
Nikkei Index -2.07%
Hang Seng Index -0.5%
Australian Stock Index +0.66%

Futures on US equity benchmarks are mixed currently after ending mixed on Friday as the 10-year US Treasury note’s yield was above 1.7 per cent. The three main US stock benchmarks recorded returns ranging from -0.7% to +0.8%.

European stock indexes are mixed currently after ending down on Friday led by bank shares. Asian indexes are mixed today with Nikkei index leading losses as carmakers led declines in Japanese shares after a fire at semiconductor supplier Renesas Electronics' plant spurred worries about more chip supply shortfalls hitting vehicle production.

Commodity Market news

CommoditiesChange
Brent Crude Oil -0.67%
WTI Crude -0.8%
Brent is edging lower currently. Prices advanced on Friday after sharp drop the day before on European economy slower recovery concerns as vaccination programs there were slowed by distribution issues and fears of side effects. The US oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures rose 2.4% but is higher currently. May Brent crude gained 2% to $64.53 a barrel on Friday.

Gold Market News

MetalsChange
Gold -0.51%
Gold prices are edging lower today. April gold climbed 0.5% settling at $1741.70 on Friday, posting a weekly gain of 0.1%.

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