US open: Wall Street rallies as attention shifts to the Fed
Fiona Cincotta September 21, 2021 1:51 PM
Stocks on Wall Street look poised to rebound as fears over Evergrande contagion ease. Attention now shifts to the Fed which kicks off its two day meeting today.
Dow futures +0.7% at 334190
S&P futures +0.6% at 4384
Nasdaq futures +0.64% at 15110
FTSE +1.1% at 6983
Dax +1.4% at 15351
Euro Stoxx +1.2% at 4093
The mood in the market has picked up considerably since yesterday’s blood bath. Taking a step back expectations have cooled that Evergrande could be China’s Lehman’s moment. Wall Street considers that China has this under control allowing investors to turn their attention to the Fed, which kicks off its two-day FOMC meeting today.
The Fed will update with its quarterly economic forecasts and the dot plot. There is a good chance that if the Fed don’t start tapering, they will at the very least pave the path for a move in November. It is quite widely acknowledged now that the US economy doesn’t need this currently level of support from the Fed.
The US economic calendar is quiet today. Housing starts and building permits revealed that the US housing market was on a solid footing.
Where next for the Dow Jones?
The selloff in the previous session saw the Dow Jones break through some key levels. The index broke below its 100 sma at 34700 and horizontal support at 34500 hitting a low of 33930, a level last seen two months earlier. The index is rebounding today. Any meaningful recovery will need to reclaim 34500 and 34700. Buyers are only likely to gain traction above the 50 sma at 3500 which could pave the way to 35250. Sellers will be looking for a move below 33930 to 33730 the July low.
FX – USD eases, CAD pares losses
The US Dollar is edging lower off monthly highs as the Fed’s two day meeting kicks off later. It is expected to trade relatively range bound ahead of the Fed’s press conference tomorrow.
USD/CAD is giving back yesterday’s gains. The rebounding oil price and Canadian election results have under pinned the Loonie. Canada’s ruling Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returned to power though failed to gain an outright majority.
USD/CAD -0.5% at 1.2750
GBP/USD +0.18% at 1.3680
EUR/USD +0.14% at 1.1742
Oil rebounds on tight supply
Oil prices are heading higher paring at least some of yesterday’s losses. As market sentiment recovers the markets have shifted their focus back onto the tight supply situation in the US. The recovery in output has taken much longer than most anticipated and Shell even warned today that a full return to output is unlikely until 2022 given the damage caused by Hurricane Ida.
US tight supply is overshadowing other factors such as concerns surrounding Evergrande and any potential wider crisis which it may trigger and of course the Fed’s next steps.
18% of the Gulf’s oil production remains offline.
API crude oil stock pile data is in focus later.
WTI crude trades +0.95% at $70.90
Brent trades +0.97% at $74.00
21:30 API weekly crude oil stock pile data
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