Australia markets open in 34 minutes
  • ALL ORDS

    7,670.90
    +12.00 (+0.16%)
     
  • AUD/USD

    0.7369
    +0.0001 (+0.02%)
     
  • ASX 200

    7,394.40
    +8.00 (+0.11%)
     
  • OIL

    72.28
    +0.21 (+0.29%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,801.60
    -0.20 (-0.01%)
     
  • BTC-AUD

    47,091.69
    +619.84 (+1.33%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    786.33
    -7.40 (-0.93%)
     

Global shares start week on back foot

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4-min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Global shares have begun the week cautiously, Asian and European markets falling after a spike in coronavirus cases across Asia over the weekend hurt investor sentiment.

Oil continued its recent strong showing, hovering around two-and-a-half year highs.

MSCI's All Country World Index, which tracks shares across 49 countries, was down 0.1 per cent after the open in Europe.

Stock markets across the world rebounded last week and were in touching distance of record highs as concern ebbed about future tightening from the US Federal Reserve.

"It would appear, on the face of it, that investors have recovered some of the confidence that was briefly lost in the immediate aftermath of the most recent Federal Reserve policy decision," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.

Hewson noted a change in the shorter end of the US yield curve, with 2-year and 5-year Treasury yields pushing sharply higher. The rise in the 2-year yield was particularly notable, he said, as it has hit its highest levels since late March 2020. The 2-year Treasury yield traded at 0.2641 per cent.

European stocks, as measured by the pan-European STOXX 600 index were down 0.3 per cent by 0816 GMT, although they were not far off record highs.

Germany's DAX was off 0.05 per cent, France's CAC 40 fell 0.14 per cent and Britain's FTSE 100 index dipped 0.4 per cent.

Earlier in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was last a shade weaker at 702.57. Australian shares slipped 0.2 per cent. Japan's Nikkei and South Korea's benchmark KOSPI were barely changed.

Investors were concerned about a spike in coronavirus infections in Asia, with Sydney plunging into a lockdown after a cluster of cases involving the highly contagious Delta strain ballooned.

Indonesia is battling record high cases, while a lockdown in Malaysia is set to be extended. Thailand too announced new restrictions.

Chinese shares were a touch higher with the CSI300 index up 0.2 per cent. Data over the weekend showed profit growth at China's industrial firms slowed again in May as surging raw material prices squeezed margins and weighed on factory activity.

Investors will keep a close eye on official factory activity from China due on Wednesday. The manufacturing reading is expected to slow to 50.7 from 51. The private sector Caixin Manufacturing PMI will follow later in the week.

Weaker-than-expected US inflation and news of a bipartisan US infrastructure agreement boosted risk appetite last week.

The infrastructure plan is valued at $US1.2 trillion over eight years, of which $US579 billion is new spending.

Oil prices hit and then recoiled from highs last seen in October 2018 in early European trade on Monday as investors eyed the outcome of this week's OPEC+ meeting and as the US and Iran wrangle over the revival of a nuclear deal, delaying a return of Iranian oil exports.

Brent futures fell 0.3 per cent to $US75.97 a barrel, while US crude fell 0.15 per cent to $US73.93.

The S&P 500 rose 2.7 per cent last week, its strongest weekly gain since early February after data showed a measure of underlying inflation for May rose less than expected, easing fears of a sudden tapering in stimulus by the Federal Reserve.

The Dow climbed 0.7 per cent while the tech-heavy Nasdaq slipped 0.06 per cent after holding near the previous session's record high.

Later in the week, a closely watched US jobs report will be released for June which could point to strong labour demand.

Yields for benchmark 10-year US Treasuries jumped back above 1.50 per cent to close out a week in which rates notched their largest gains since March.

Monetary and fiscal stimulus around the world in response to the pandemic is boosting financial assets, despite an uneven recovery between regions.

The US dollar was slightly firmer at 91.826 against a basket of other currencies.

The Japanese yen weakened to 110.65 versus the greenback and the euro eased to $US1.1925.

An appreciating dollar took some lustre off gold with prices down 0.4 per cent at $US1771.9 an ounce.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting