California Observer

Tech Companies’ Shares Rises, Easing Market Concerns

Image Source: Fox Business

On Wednesday, Google and Microsoft’s stock performed better than expected, allaying some market worries.

The dollar and bonds both experienced volatility that day due to the Federal Reserve meeting, which decreased Russian gas flow.

Nasdaq 100 futures gained by 1.4 percent and S&P 500 futures by 0.8 percent in Asia following the release of reports from Microsoft revealing high revenue growth and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, forecasting stable search engine ad sales.

After trading hours, Microsoft and Alphabet shares both rose by 4% and 5%, respectively. Therefore, dispelling some of the gloom that had been cast over Tuesday by Walmart’s earnings warning. Also a few subpar US economic indicators.

Both the Nikkei 225 and the biggest MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan saw declines of 0.6 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points at 1800 GMT. However, due to their concern of a bombshell coming from both directions.

The market is attempting to persuade itself that peak inflation has occurred. This would provide more certainty and cause for optimism about future rates and growth. But that suggests a Fed that is sticking to its course, claims Rob Carnell, an economist with ING.

Australian data released on Wednesday also displayed some hesitancy as headline consumer prices increased at their fastest rate in twenty years.

In contrast, a 75 bp increase in the US is completely priced on Wednesday. However, the likelihood of a 100 bp increase is only about 15%, according to futures. This is because the Treasury market currently believes that short-term increases will undermine long-term growth.

Benchmark A constant 2.8068 percent was the 10-year Treasury yield, which was lower than the two-year yield of 3.0528 percent.

Unstable in Europe and China As opposed to shares of buoyant companies

Economies in Europe are facing an energy crisis, in addition to worries about how interest rates will affect them. The COVID-19 regulations are also a problem, and there are fresh concerns about the real estate market collapse.

As energy prices skyrocketed and Russia’s Gazprom announced it would halt the flow of westbound gas, the euro experienced its worst day in two weeks on Tuesday, losing 1%.

Read Also: Netflix partners with Micros0ft for ads services

While the Australian dollar remained lower at $0.6923, it remained unchanged in Asia at $1.0145. At 135.96 per dollar, the Japanese yen increased.

The Chinese currency, the yuan, was struggling, and investors were frightened by the prospect of a rising boycott of mortgage payments on unfinished apartments, which was rippling throughout the banking and development sectors. Property stocks also fell as a result.

After Country Garden, a sizable developer announced a discounted share sale, the CSI real estate index fell by 2%, while the Hong Kong index of mainland developers fell by nearly 5%.

Analysts at Societe Generale claim that China’s housing market is suffering from a slump and that the recent boycott of mortgage lending is evidence of how bad the situation is. The slump was also termed as “unimaginable,” but with the possibility of “intensification” as the extent is still unknown.

Oil remained at a significant level due to Europe’s soaring gas prices. The price of Brent crude futures remained constant at $104.30 per barrel, while the price of US crude futures increased by 0.1 percent to $95.14 per barrel.

Gold’s price per ounce held steady at $1,717.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Opinions expressed by California Observer contributors are their own.