Evolución de los mercados financieros internacionales y de los principales acontecimientos e indicadores económicos de la sesión del día anterior. Disponible en inglés.
20 septiembre 2021
In a session with a Triple witching hour in the U.S., an event that usually increases volume and volatility as several futures and options expire simultaneously, stock indices declined in the euro area and in the U.S. while sovereign yields edged moderately up on both sides of the Atlantic.
Yesterday, investors continued to trade in a cautious mood. Asian stocks dropped after weak retail sales and industrial production data in China. In advanced economies, European equities declined while U.S. stocks rose on the back of greater optimism on the U.S. economic outlook.
Financial markets ended the day with mixed results, as investors digested a decision by the ECB to scale down its asset purchases and, separately, hawkish comments by some Fed officials about the likely start of tapering this year. These fears outweighed positive labour data in the US (new jobless claims fell to 310k last week, a pandemic-era low).
In yesterday’s session, investors continued to trade with a risk aversion mood, extending recent losses across the main equity markets. In its Beige Book, the Fed noted that economic growth is downshifting due to the spread of the Delta variant, while several Asian countries are extending restrictions to control the outbreak.
Markets ended the week on a negative mood, following the release of weaker than expected employment data in the US (non-farm payrolls rose by 235k in August after 1,053k in July). The disappointing figures could well postpone a decision by the Fed to taper its asset purchases for later this year.
Investors extended their risk apetite amid positive global manufacturing PMI releases. In August, factory activity remained strong in most economies, but several surveys continued to signal disrupted supply chains and labour shortages as the main risks. In the U.S., the input price index fell from 85.7 points towards 79.4.