Evolution of the international financial markets and evaluation of the main events and economic indicators of the previous day session. Available in English.
04 March 2021
Investors traded with a cautious mood in yesterday's session amid improving economic sentiment indicators. In particular, services PMIs improved in the euro area but remain in contraction territory (below 50).
In the first session of the week, investors traded with a positive and risk-on mood. The release of improving manufacturing PMI data in most countries (with the exception of China) and expectations that the vaccination campaign will be effective contributed to the optimism in financial markets.
The global stock rout deepened on Thursday as the sell-off in US Treasuries continued affecting markets across the world. The yield on 10-year US sovereign bonds rose sharply to 1.53%, and the 5-year yield jumped 21 basis points, the second-largest one day increase seen in the past decade, as investors anticipated large stimulus measures.
Investors traded with optimism during yesterday's session. In Europe, the upward revision of the German Q4 GDP (from +0.1% qoq to +0.3%), supported by exports and construction, led to a rise of 0.5% in Eurostoxx50. European sovereign yields also rose and peripheral spreads widened slightly.
Markets were volatile during yesterday's session, as US stocks reversed the losses of earlier in the day. The S&P 500 gained 0.1% on the day after being down 1.8% at one point earlier on Tuesday. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was down 3.9% in early trading before reversing part of the losses and ending the day down just 0.5%.
The sell-off in the US bond market continued on Monday as worries about inflation erode expected bond returns. The yield on 10-year Treasury notes rose 3 basis points to 1.37%. These worries also hit Asian markets, where Japan's 10-year yields rose to 0.13% and Australia's rose to its highest level since June 2019 (1.61%).
Markets started the week showing greater risk appetite as the World Health Organization listed AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Stocks rose across advanced and emerging economies, the USD weakened moderately and commodity prices edged up. U.S. markets were closed for the Presidents day holiday.