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07 Mar 2024

The Trade Academy Team

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Thursday Morning Coffee - Markets Update - 07 Mar 2024 - Mixed Market Dynamics Drive Trading Activity

Markets Update: Investors navigated through these diverse market dynamics, seeking opportunities amidst the complex interplay of geopolitical events and economic indicators. The day's trading activities underscored the delicate balance and intricate factors influencing the commodities market on Thursday.


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Global Markets Roundup: 07 Mar 2024

Global markets experienced a mixed performance in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region on Thursday. Investors navigated uncertainties surrounding central bank policies and analyzed the latest Chinese trade data. Federal Reserve official Neel Kashkari, though a non-voting member, shared his perspective, suggesting a potential adjustment in interest rates for 2024. Kashkari indicated a likelihood of two rate cuts, which could potentially be reduced to just one, adding an element of speculation to the market sentiment.

As the day unfolded, in equity markets, the ASX 200 experienced upward momentum, albeit in a volatile trading session marked by disappointing home loans and trade data from Australia. The Nikkei 225 initially reached a new record high but later retreated, fueled by growing speculation surrounding a more hawkish stance from the Bank of Japan. Meanwhile, the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite indices displayed a subdued performance, with notable losses in WuXi Biologics and Wuxi Apptec. This downturn followed the US Senate Homeland Security Committee's decision to advance a bill that could impose restrictions on business dealings with Chinese biotech companies. Despite stronger-than-expected Chinese trade data, caution prevailed on the mainland. Officials had already forewarned of a double-digit rise in exports, and data interpretation was complicated by seasonal factors related to the Lunar New Year holiday. In the United States the S&P 500 (SPX) exhibited a positive performance, closing with a gain of 0.51% at 5,105 points. Similarly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) showed a modest increase, closing with a rise of 0.20% at 38,661 points., continuing the fluctuations observed in the previous trading session. European equity futures signaled a relatively stable opening, with the Euro Stoxx 50 future showing a marginal decline of 0.1%. This followed a positive closure in the cash market on Wednesday, where the index gained 0.5%.

In the foreign exchange (FX) market, tIn Thursday's market activity on March 7, 2024, the US Dollar Index (DXY) exhibited a rangebound trend, influenced by lackluster employment data. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in his testimony before Congress, reiterated a cautious stance on premature rate cuts. Additionally, Neel Kashkari suggested the possibility of either one or two rate cuts in 2024. The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) pair experienced a momentary dip below 1.0900 but managed to retain most of its gains from the previous day in anticipation of the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting. Meanwhile, the British Pound to US Dollar (GBP/USD) displayed choppy movements, influenced by recent uncertainty, with the Budget announcement ultimately yielding minimal impact. The US Dollar to Japanese Yen (USD/JPY) pair retreated below 149.00, influenced by narrower yield differentials, robust wage data, and recent source reports. AUD and NZD gradually ascended following stronger-than-expected Chinese trade data. In foreign exchange markets, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) set the midpoint for USD/CNY at 7.1002, surpassing expectations (expected 7.1898, previous 7.1016). This move contributed to the overall dynamics in the currency market on the specified date.

In the commodities market on Thursday, crude futures demonstrated a rangebound trajectory following a retreat from their recent peak. This was observed despite the presence of bullish inventory data and a disruptive attack by Houthi rebels on a vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Meanwhile, spot gold exhibited a gradual ascent, further extending its record highs beyond the significant USD 2,150 per ounce level. Copper futures experienced a nuanced performance, maintaining stability but with limited upside potential. This was influenced by a mixed risk appetite prevailing in the market, despite the presence of firmer Chinese trade data.

In soft commodities the May arabica coffee futures (KCK24) exhibited a positive performance, concluding the session with a gain of +2.95 points, reflecting a percentage increase of +1.61%. Similarly, the May ICE robusta coffee futures (RMK24) also experienced a notable uptrend, closing up by +129 points, equivalent to a robust growth of +4.06%. These developments underscore the dynamic nature of the coffee market, with both arabica and robusta varieties demonstrating resilience and upward momentum in the respective trading sessions. Investors and stakeholders keen on coffee futures should remain vigilant and informed amidst these market fluctuations. May ICE NY cocoa (CCK24) experienced a positive uptick, closing with a gain of +99 points, reflecting a 1.53% increase. In contrast, May ICE London cocoa #7 (CAK24) concluded the trading day with a marginal decline, closing down -13 points or -0.24%. These market movements signify dynamic shifts in cocoa prices on both the New York and London exchanges, underscoring the intricacies of the commodities market. Investors and stakeholders continue to monitor these fluctuations, seeking insights into the broader trends that may impact the cocoa industry. Wheat futures experienced a significant downturn, with notable decline in prices and concluding the midweek session near their lowest points. On the Chicago Board of Trade (CBT), futures exhibited a noteworthy decrease of 4.5% for the March contracts and 3.6% for the May contracts. Similarly, Kansas City (KC) futures recorded a decline ranging from 2% to 2.6% across various front months. Notably, the May spread between Hard Red Winter (HRW) and Soft Red Winter (SRW) favored KC by 25 cents. Specifically, spring wheat futures saw a considerable weakening, ranging from 9 ¾ to 10 ¼ cents at the closing bell. This downward trend in wheat futures on March 7, 2024, highlights the challenges and fluctuations within the agricultural commodity market during this midweek session.

Looking ahead, the economic calendar featured key events, including the release of German Industrial Orders, US Challenger Layoffs, International Trade and Initial Jobless Claims in the United States, Canadian Trade figures, Japanese Household Spending data, and an eagerly anticipated policy announcement from the European Central Bank (ECB). Additionally, the Bank of England's Monthly Decision Maker Panel was on the radar. Market participants were keenly awaiting comments from prominent figures, including ECB President Christine Lagarde and the Federal Reserve's Jerome Powell and Loretta Mester. Moreover, the day included the release of supply data from Spain, France, and the United States.

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