- Asian Stocks Fall as Dollar Slumps on Trump Talk
Most Asian stocks fell after the dollar slumped and Treasury bond yields dropped to the lowest level this year in reaction to President Donald Trump’s comments that the greenback was getting too strong and that he won’t brand China a currency manipulator.
Japanese shares retreated for a third day after the yen rose to the strongest in almost five months, U.S. stocks declined and volatility climbed across asset classes. Hong Kong stocks pared losses after China’s overseas shipments last month jumped the most in two years as global demand held up. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell below its 200-day moving average. The Australian dollar jumped as employment surged more than expected in March. Mining stocks tumbled along with iron ore.
Trump’s comments on China, from an interview with the Wall Street Journal, abandoned a core election promise that tapped into anger about trade-driven job losses. The remarks are seen as reducing the risk that China could dump its holding of Treasuries in retaliation for being tagged a currency manipulator. China’s currency traded outside of the country gained the most since last month, and rose further on Thursday after the People’s Bank of China strengthened its currency fixing by the most in almost three months.
Bonds also benefited from Trump’s comments that he likes the Federal Reserve’s low-interest-rate policy and is leaving open the possibility of renominating Chair Janet Yellen.
Global equity markets are entering a key period, with earnings season ramping up against a backdrop of mounting geopolitical tensions around Syria and North Korea as well as elections in Europe. Trump’s struggle to push through his fiscal agenda and the debate over the pace of monetary policy adjustment in the world’s biggest economy also cloud the picture.
In central bank action, Singapore left monetary policy unchanged and said it can maintain a neutral stance for an extended period of time to help support the economy’s recovery. South Korea also held its key interest rate steady as exports and inflation data indicate the economy is improving.
Here’s what investors are watching:
- JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. report Thursday in the U.S., kicking off an earnings season for big banks that will focus on net interest margins, credit trends and trading.
Communities in Delta State Shut OML30 Operates by Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd
The OML30 operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in Delta State has been shut down by the host communities for failing to meet its obligations to the 112 host communities.
The host communities, led by its Management Committee/President Generals, had accused the company of gross indifference and failure in its obligations to the host communities despite several meetings and calls to ensure a peaceful resolution.
The station with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day and eight flow stations operates within the Ughelli area of Delta State.
The host communities specifically accused HEOSL of failure to pay the GMOU fund for the last two years despite mediation by the Delta State Government on May 18, 2020.
Also, the host communities accused HEOSL of ‘total stoppage of scholarship award and payment to host communities since 2016’.
The Chairman, Dr Harrison Oboghor and Secretary, Mr Ibuje Joseph that led the OML30 host communities explained to journalists on Monday that the host communities had resolved not to backpedal until all their demands were met.
Crude Oil Recovers from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins
Oil Prices Recover from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins
Crude oil prices rose with other financial markets on Monday following a 4 percent decline on Friday.
This was after Joe Biden, the former Vice-President and now the President-elect won the race to the White House.
Global benchmark oil, Brent crude oil, gained $1.06 or 2.7 percent to $40.51 per barrel on Monday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained $1.07 or 2.9 percent to $38.21 per barrel.
On Friday, Brent crude oil declined by 4 percent as global uncertainty surged amid unclear US election and a series of negative comments from President Trump. However, on Saturday when it became clear that Joe Biden has won, global financial markets rebounded in anticipation of additional stimulus given Biden’s position on economic growth and recovery.
“Trading this morning has a risk-on flavor, reflecting increasing confidence that Joe Biden will occupy the White House, but the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.
“The outcome is ideal from a market point of view. Neither party controls the Congress, so both trade wars and higher taxes are largely off the agenda.”
The president-elect and his team are now working on mitigating the risk of COVID-19, grow the world’s largest economy by protecting small businesses and the middle class that is the backbone of the American economy.
“There will be some repercussions further down the road,” said OCBC’s economist Howie Lee, raising the possibility of lockdowns in the United States under Biden.
“Either you’re crimping energy demand or consumption behavior.”
Nigeria, Other OPEC Members Oil Revenue to Hit 18 Year Low in 2020
Revenue of OPEC Members to Drop to 18 Year Low in 2020
The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) has predicted that the oil revenue of members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will decline to 18-year low in 2020.
EIA said their combined oil export revenue will plunge to its lowest level since 2002. It proceeded to put a value to the projection by saying members of the oil cartel would earn around $323 billion in net oil export in 2020.
“If realised, this forecast revenue would be the lowest in 18 years. Lower crude oil prices and lower export volumes drive this expected decrease in export revenues,” it said.
The oil expert based its projection on weak global oil demand and low oil prices because of COVID-19.
It said this coupled with production cuts by OPEC members in recent months will impact net revenue of the cartel in 2020.
It said, “OPEC earned an estimated $595bn in net oil export revenues in 2019, less than half of the estimated record high of $1.2tn, which was earned in 2012.
“Continued declines in revenue in 2020 could be detrimental to member countries’ fiscal budgets, which rely heavily on revenues from oil sales to import goods, fund social programmes, and support public services.”
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