Dollar rises against yen, as US stock futures lower in Asia 2021

US stock futures slip as the earnings season begins.
Oil increases energy complexity, prevents the risk of inflation.
The dollar reached its highest level since April 2019.

Asian stocks fell on Monday as global inflation favored commodities as a hedge on US stocks, while rising US bond yields pushed the dollar to a two-and-a-half-year high against the Japanese yen.

Dollar rises against yen

Both the Nasdaq futures and the S&P 500 futures were up 0.5 percent in early trade, as oil prices boosted their bull run.

“Bond yields are rising, inflation expectations are rising and financial hardship in various forms is becoming more common,” ANZ analysts said in a note.

“The global shortage of chips will spread well by next year, creating more uncertainty in uneven receipts,” he said. “Increase energy shortages, and the economic scenario is much calmer than hoped for in the early stages of global recovery.”

Dollar rises against yen

Outside of Japan, Asia Pacific shares fell 0.2 percent in the broader MSCI index (.MIAPJ0000PUS) and 0.9 percent in Australia (.XXJO). Japan’s Nikkei (.N225) fell 0.5 percent after falling 2.5 percent last week.

The earnings season is starting this week and will likely bring stories of supply disruptions and rising costs. JP Morgan reports on Wednesday, followed by Buffa, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup on Thursday, and Goldman on Friday.

The focus will also be on US inflation and retail sales data, and the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting, which should confirm that November’s tariffs were discussed.

Although Friday’s U.S. payrolls headline was disappointing, it was partly due to the reopening of state and local education issues while private sector employment remained strong.

In fact, labor shortages pushed the unemployment rate to 4.8 percent, investors were more concerned about the risk of wage inflation, and treasury yields rose sharply.

Production of 10-year notes is trading at 1.61%, the biggest increase since March, up 15 basis points last week.

Bonds also sold in Asia and Europe, with the UK short-term yields the highest since February 2020.

Buffa analysts warned that the pulse of global inflation will increase due to energy costs as oil could reach 100 100 a barrel between limited supply and reopening demand.

The real winners in such a scenario would be real assets, real estate, commodities, volatility, cash and emerging markets, while bonds, credit and stocks would be negatively affected.

Items and notable resources recommended by BofA as hedges are 20-25% in key equity indices in the UK, Australia and Canada. 10% in emerging markets in the 20-euro zone, and only 5% in the US, China and Japan.

The dollar was weaker as US production surpassed it in Germany and Japan, hitting 112.27 yen, the highest level since April 2019.

The euro was at 15 1.1566, the lowest level since July last year at 15 1.1527. The dollar index is at 94.158, which is above the current 94.504.

A stronger dollar and higher yields weigh on gold, which makes no fixed return, leaving it at ، 1,753 an ounce.

Oil prices are at a seven-year high after rising 4% last week.

Brent rise 25 cents to 82 82.64, while US crude rose 41 cents to .7 79.76 a barrel.

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