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Asian equities face biggest foreign outflows in March in two years

Asian equities witnessed steep foreign outflows in March, hit by worries over higher inflation as commodity prices soared due to an escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine. According to Refinitiv data, cross-border investors sold Asian equities worth a net $16.23 billion in Taiwan, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand in the last month, the highest outflows since net selling of $33.32 billion in March 2020. In the first quarter of 2022, overseas investors sold regional equities worth a net $31.54 billion, the most since the first quarter ...

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Stocks slip, bonds hit as bets on Fed action rise

Global share prices eased and U.S. Treasury yields hit multi-year highs on Wednesday as investors bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve will couple shrinking of its balance sheet next month with a big interest rate hike to quell decades-high inflation. Investors also waited for details of the latest package of coordinated sanctions on Russia from the United States and its allies over civilian killings in Ukraine. The dollar hit its highest in almost two years, while expectations of new sanctions raised oil supply concerns to send crude prices higher. The ...

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Stocks, oil, bond yields edge up ahead of expected new Russia sanctions

Traders were back on Russia sanctions watch on Tuesday with oil, inflation-sensitive bond yields and stocks all edging higher ahead of an expected new measures from the West in coming days. Europe saw the STOXX 600 index nudge 0.3% higher as oil, industrial, tech and insurance stocks all made ground, while the euro clawed back a sliver of the 1.8% it had lost against the dollar in recent days. [.EU][/FRX] With investors waiting on the new batch of sanctions – most likely on Wednesday according to France’s European Affairs Minister ...

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‘Mystifying’ U.S. stock rally defies economic unease

As a stunning rebound in U.S. stocks charges on, investors are questioning how long the surge can continue in the face of a hawkish Federal Reserve, warnings of recession from the bond market and geopolitical uncertainty. The S&P 500 is up 11% since March 8, its biggest 15-day percentage gain since June 2020, led by many of the high-growth stocks that have been pummeled for much of the year. The benchmark index has cut its year-to-date losses to 2.8%, after it earlier swooned by as much as 12.5%. The move ...

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Take Five: Q2 to test resilient stocks, peak inflation

As the second quarter gets underway, the biggest question is when soaring inflation will finally peak. Federal Reserve minutes and a Reserve Bank of Australia meeting will provide insights on rate setters’ thinking. Resilience in stocks and Russia’s rouble could be put to the test. Here’s your week ahead in markets from Kevin Buckland in Tokyo, Ira Iosebashvili in New York, Tommy Wilkes, Marc Jones and Dhara Ranasinghe in London. 1/FED UP Judging by the, albeit brief, inversion of a closely watched part of the Treasury yield curve, U.S. recession ...

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Global bond funds gain first weekly inflow since early Jannuary

Global bond funds drew their first weekly inflow in about three months in the week ended March 30, as a dip in oil prices tempered some concerns over inflation during the week. According to Refinitiv Lipper, global bond funds received $3.5 billion in the week to March 30, their first weekly inflow since Jan. 5. However, they faced outflows of $108.22 billion in the first quarter of the year, the biggest since the first quarter of 2020. In the week to March 30, European bond funds saw inflows worth $5.77 ...

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World stocks dip on war, recession worries, oil falls $2 on reserve release

World stocks dipped further from recent six-week highs on Friday on worries about the Russia-Ukraine war and recession risks, and oil fell $2 a barrel on reserve releases. European buyers of Russian gas faced a deadline to start paying in roubles on Friday, while negotiations aimed at ending the five-week war were set to resume even as Ukraine braced for further attacks in the south and east. The move on gas by Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to Western sanctions prompted Germany, the most reliant on Russian gas, to ...

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Global fund managers turned more defensive in March- Reuters poll

Global fund managers maintained a cautious stance in March, increasing recommended bond holdings and cash reserves and suggesting reduced equities exposure, a Reuters poll found. The March 21-31 survey captured this defensive strategy many fund managers adopted after the Russia-Ukraine war broke out. The February survey was taken partly before Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion but had still hinted at caution. Recommended equity allocations were lowered to an average of 48.5% of the model global portfolio of 35 fund managers and chief investment officers in the United States, Europe and Japan, ...

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European stocks set for biggest quarterly drop since 2020

European stocks were little changed on Thursday, holding near recent one-month highs but set for the biggest quarterly drop since the start of 2020, while oil prices fell and eastern Ukraine braced for fresh attacks. Asian shares fell and oil prices plunged following news that the United States was considering releasing up to 180 million barrels from its strategic petroleum reserve as part of a move to lower fuel prices. Brent crude futures were down 3.7% at $109.28, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures were down 4.7% at $102.76. Oil ...

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Stocks slip as bond markets suggest pain for U.S. economy

European shares fell on Wednesday as bond markets suggested pain ahead for the U.S. economy, tempering hopes of a negotiated end to the Ukraine conflict that had earlier buoyed equities. The broad Euro STOXX 600 fell 0.8% in early trade after three sessions of gains that have taken the index back to levels reached before Russia invaded Ukraine. Benchmark indexes in Frankfurt and Paris lost 1% and 1.3% respectively, with London shares also slipping a touch. Among significant losses was drugmaker Roche, which dropped 1.3% after a lung cancer drug ...

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Shares grind higher; bonds brandish recession warnings

Global markets veered in different directions on Tuesday, with shares climbing to five-week highs, recession warnings growing in the government bond markets and Japan’s yen headed for its worst month since 2016. Europe’s main bourses made strong opening gains, taking cues from Asia overnight after the Bank of Japan had defended its vast stimulus programme, and as warring Russia and Ukraine held their first face-to-face talks in more than two weeks in Turkey. (EU) It was enough for traders to shrug off data showing bigger-than-expected drops in French and German ...

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Shanghai lockdown hurts oil, bonds and yen take a beating

Oil prices slid on Monday as a coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai fueled worries about weak demand, while the yen’s stomach-churning descent continued as the Bank of Japan stood in the way of higher yields. World stocks were largely flat, holding their ground in the face of another brutal selloff in major bond markets. Ten-year U.S. Treasury yields pushed decisively above the 2.5%-marker for the first time since 2019, two-year bond yields in the Netherlands and Belgium turned positive for the first time since 2014 and even Japanese yields defied central ...

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Investors dump emerging market funds on slowdown worries

Mutual funds that invest in emerging market (EM) equities and bonds have faced huge outflows over the past month, as the intensifying Russia-Ukraine crisis spawns fears over higher inflation and slower economic growth in these markets. According to Refinitiv Lipper, a cumulative $8.1 billion has flowed out of EM equity funds and $5.73 billion from bond funds in the past four weeks. This is in contrast to last year’s heavy inflows, when EM bond funds received $232 billion, while EM equity funds obtained $103.4 billion. Among EM equity funds, the ...

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Global equity funds gain big inflows after three weeks of outflows

Global equity funds found a reprieve in the week ended March 23, as investors turned net buyers after selling them in the previous three weeks. Global equity funds obtained $19.66 billion in the week, the most since the week ended Feb. 9, Refinitiv Lipper data showed. The MSCI world stock index surged 5.7% last week, after being bogged down since the start of the year on concerns over inflation and geopolitical tensions. “Investors are broadly rotating into equities from bonds as the U.S. 10-year yield climbed higher,” said Joseph Seeger, ...

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Options mavens see stock rebound as chance to pick up downside protection

Risk appetite has rebounded on Wall Street after a brutal start to the year, but some strategists warn the lull in volatility may be brief and urge investors to guard against more stock market gyrations. The Cboe Volatility Index .VIX – an options-based measure of expected 30-day volatility for U.S. stocks that some call Wall Street’s fear gauge – fell to a five-week low of 22.81 on Tuesday, just two weeks after closing at a one-year high. The move has coincided with a rally in the S&P 500 index .SPX, ...

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