European shares end with mixed results

France’s CAC up 0.4%

The major European indices are ending the day with mixed results.  A look at the provisional closes showing:
  • German Dax, +0.15%
  • Frances CAC, +0.4%
  • UK’s FTSE 100, unchanged
  • Spain’s Ibex, unchanged
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB, +0.5%
In other markets as London/European traders look to exit for the day:
  • Spot gold his trading up $11 or 0.64% at $1743.81.
  • Spot silver is trading up $0.54 or 2.18% $25.35
  • WTI crude oil futures are trading up $0.59 or 0.99% at $60.29
  • Bitcoin is soaring by $3650 or 6.1% at $63,665.  Coinbase will be going public tomorrow and that has helped to push of bitcoin in anticipation of a stellar IPO.
In the US debt market, yields are mostly lower ahead of the 30 year bond auction. The 30 year yield is marginally higher ahead of that auction.

France's CAC up 0.4%In the forex market, the major currencies have scrunched together with the EUR holding onto a slim lead as the strongest of the majors. The GBP is the weakest (followed by the USD). However, all the currencies are close together indicative of a market that is struggling with directional bias.

FDA official says 1 US death after J&J vaccine, one patient in critical condition

FDA briefing on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Earlier, the FDA said there were 6 clots reported after more than 6.8 million doses.
They are warning health care providers who get patients with a low blood platelet count or blood clots to check if they’ve recently had the J&J vaccine.
Seeing these numbers, are we really going to halt the global rollout for 1 death among 6.8 million people? For a virus that’s killing thousands a day?
Update: The FDA said the pause is expected to be ‘a matter of days’.

US dollar slump extends as yields decline

US dollar under pressure

US dollar under pressure
The dollar is slumping hard today with US 10-year yields now down 1.2 bps to 1.65% from a high of 1.70%.
However the dollar move has far-exceeded the move in yields. EUR/USD is now up to 1.1940 from 1.1890 just before the CPI report. The commodity currencies are also taking advantage of the dollar move.
The big news today is the pause in the J&J vaccine but the equity market is taking it in stride. Given that it’s a bigger problem for Europe than the US (which has ample Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) then that can’t be the trigger.
It’s clear that this is about CPI with some flows mixed in but that is a surprisingly large reaction to inflation that’s a touch higher than expected but not as high as feared following last week’s PPI jump.

Nikkei 225 closes higher by 0.72% at 29,751.61

A slightly better day for Asian equities

That said, the signals are more mixed with some retreat seen towards the latter stages. Japanese stocks fared better with the Topix also closing up 0.2%.
The Hang Seng is up 0.6% but mainland Chinese equities are down, with the Shanghai Composite shedding 0.5% after holding gains earlier in the day.
The sluggish mood in US futures isn’t helping as Treasury yields keep higher ahead of European morning trade. 10-year yields are up nearly 3 bps to 1.694% with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures seen down 0.1% and 0.2% respectively.
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