Germany’s DAX retreats from record high in thin trade

2023-06-20
Summary:

European shares fell on Monday, as investors awaited further stimulus measures from China to revive demand and eyed testimony from Fed Chair Jerome Powell this week for more cues on the rate outlook.

European shares fell on Monday, as investors awaited further stimulus measures from China to revive demand and eyed testimony from Fed Chair Jerome Powell this week for more cues on the rate outlook.


Germany's DAX index dropped 1.0% after closing at a record high in the previous session. Trading was thin on Monday with U.S. markets shut for a public holiday.


The dollar edged higher and the UK pound was near a 14-month peak. Gold and oil prices both moved lower in holiday-thinned trade.


Commodities

China is widely expected to cut its benchmark loan rates on Tuesday after a similar reduction in medium-term policy loans last week to shore up a shaky economic recovery.


‘Sentiment-wise in the Crude Oil market, traders are fairly bearish,’ said Daniel Ghali, a commodity strategist at TD Bank.


‘But from a broader perspective, the analyst community is still looking for pretty significant deficits in coming months.’


Forex

In a busy week for central banks last week, the ECB raised rates by 25 basis points and left the door open to more hikes, while the BOJ's decision on Friday to stick with its ultra-easy policy kept the yen fragile.

USDJPY

Currency analysts at MUFG said in a note that the testimony was one of the important risk events for the dollar this week, but said they expected similar messaging following the Fed decision last week.


Markets are pricing in a 72% probability of the Fed hiking by 25 basis points next month, the CME FedWatch tool showed.

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