STATE OF THE MARKETS
Stocks plunge amid safe haven flows. US stocks plunged deeper on Thursday as investors weighed the risk of recession after the Federal Reserve raised the rate to 1.75% in a move to combat inflation. Russell (-4.70%) fell the most, followed by Nasdaq (-4.08%), S&P (-3.25%) and Dow (-2.42%) as investors seek safety in bonds. Yields fell across the board with the 10Y benchmark pulled back down to 3.20% as the Dollar index closed below the 103.90 mark.
In the commodities market, crude rebounded and settled above $114.35/bl after news of US new sanctions against Iran that may curb supply. Gold climbed higher on haven flows and settled above $1,857/oz as New York closed. Elsewhere, iron ore eked minor gains and closed above $137.85/tn as investors hope for reviving demand from China re-opening.
In the FX space, Swiss seized the helm of demand in the short and long term accounts after SNB raised rates unexpectedly to tame inflation. Commodity currencies lost bids in the short and medium term accounts in the sudden shift of sentiments.
On Friday, markets may look to scoop some bargains as the thin calendar only bears the earnings report from Jianpu Tech (JT) and MICT Inc (MICT) as well as the latest US figures on industrial productions and leading indicators. Fed Chair Powell will speak before congress at 8.45am ET.
OUR PICK – No New Picks
No new picks going into the weekend. A week of outflow from all three markets suggesting plenty of cash is sitting at bay for the next deployment. $3.82 billion out of stocks, $14.58 billion out of taxable bond funds and $8.77 billion out of money markets for a total of $27.17 billion. We suspect more flows are going into real assets, commodities and commodities related stocks as well as into future theme investing.
Equities: Despite recent rout in the stocks market, we see resiliency in VIPS (28% undervalued with 4.78 z-score) that may suggest China investing is back. This also offer better opportunity for long term investors in T (12% undervalued, 5.85% yields), CRON (26% undervalued with 27.69 z-score), WBA (32% undervalued, 4.81% yields) and M (47% undervalued, 3.18% yields).
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