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World stocks steam higher as inflation fears suddenly fizzle

LONDON (Reuters) – Stocks, bond yields and commodities steamed higher on Thursday whereas the greenback tumbled, as traders suddenly appeared to neglect the inflation fears blamed for a brutal market sell-off in latest weeks.

Economists have been struggling to clarify the turnaround apart from the argument that traditionally it’s commonplace for stocks and bond market borrowing prices to rise in tandem with a quickly increasing financial system.

Some simply blamed the climate and time of 12 months. They speculated that robust U.S. inflation knowledge on Wednesday that many had predicted may reignite the rout was in all probability distorted. They additionally mentioned the looming Chinese New Year might have brought about Asian merchants to sq. up.

Whatever the explanation, the animal spirits have been again.

Big good points for Wall Street [.N] and Asia in a single day put MSCI’s 47-country world stocks index .MIWD00000PUS again in optimistic territory for the 12 months and Europe’s primary markets adopted with zero.6 – 1 p.c good points. [.EU]

“For me it’s a clear indication that inflation is not as big a threat as people made it out to be over the past couple of weeks,” mentioned Lukas Daalder, chief funding officer at Robeco in Rotterdam.

“The trend behind the market is still very strongly pointed upwards,” he added. “2017 was a very momentum-driven market, and if that’s still the case, which after yesterday it appears to be, then we will probably see new highs before too long.”

Just as huge a puzzle as the rebound in stocks sentiment was the break down in correlation between rising U.S. bond yields and greenback.

U.S. Treasury yields on benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR hit a recent four-year excessive of two.94 p.c which additionally dragged hole to zero.786 p.c German Bunds <DE10YT=TWEB to its widest in 10 months. [US/][GVD/EUR]

The greenback tumbled although throughout the board, together with to a 15-month low towards the yen of 106.18 yen as worries concerning the U.S. authorities’s funds appeared to set once more after a White House-led spending splurge and up to date company tax cuts.

That additionally marked a drop of three.eight p.c from its early February peak close to 110.50 yen, whereas the euro and pound each climbed again above the $1.25 and $1.40 thresholds.

“The story I hear most frequently from people is it’s the re-emergence of the twin deficits,” mentioned RBC Capital Markets head of foreign money technique Adam Cole, in London, of the greenback’s persistent weak point.

“There seem to be concerns on the U.S. fiscal position and what that implies for the current account.”


Asia’s stocks rally in a single day noticed Australian shares climb 1.15 p.c and South Korea’s KOSPI .KS11 added 1.1 p.c. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 superior 1.5 p.c following three successive periods of losses that took it to a four-month low the day before today.

Volatility shrank again quickly too. The VIX index .VIX – Wall Street’s “fear gauge” and a measure of market volatility – fell all the way in which again to 18, lower than half the 50-point peak touched final week.

The greenback’s weak point additionally lifted rising markets and commodities although there have been idiosyncratic tales in play too.

The South African rand ZAR=D3 traded at 11.73 per greenback and close to a 2-1/2-year excessive of 11.66 set in a single day after the nation’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) mentioned it will proceed with a vote to take away President Jacob Zuma from workplace.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 shot up over 1 p.c in the meantime to $65.06 per barrel earlier than dropping a few of its momentum.

While the dollar was an enormous issue as oil is priced in it, the good points additionally got here after a surge the day before today triggered by provide knowledge and feedback for Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister that main oil producers would like tighter markets than finish provide cuts too early. [O/R]

Gold XAU= shone too as it rose to a 10-day prime of $7,195 per ounce and on observe for a weekly achieve of greater than 6 p.c. [GOL/]

Additional reporting by Helen Reid and Jemima Kelly; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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