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Marketmind: Real world data bites

A look at the day ahead from Julien Ponthus

The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Staff

Last week’s bond rally took many investors by surprise as there was little in the data to trigger the narrative to shift so quickly from inflation worries to growth scare.

While U.S. 10-year Treasury yields have bounced back 10 basis points from the 1.25% floor hit last week, there’s still a lot of uncertainty on the direction of travel.

The pandemic is obviously the biggest unknown moving forward with the Delta variant causing a surge in cases around the world.

From Sydney, which reported another record daily rise in COVID-19 cases, to London where the British government’s plans to lift restrictions comes just as a new wave of infections hits, it’s clearly not what markets had in minds.

In that light, China cutting the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves to boost liquidity and back its economic recovery is a sign that the global economy is not out of the wood yet.

The move has at least temporarily lifted spirits in Asia with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.7% after shedding 2.3% last week.

Shanghai copper prices also rose, while a steady dollar ahead of U.S. inflation data on Tuesday kept London prices under pressure.

Crude futures are also under pressure despite talks among key producers to raise output in coming months stalling.

In Europe and on Wall Street, stocks futures are mixed ahead of an earnings season that is about to kick off with record expectations.

While profits for Europe Inc are expected to have soared over 100% in the second quarter, any setback could bite hard with markets already pricing stellar earnings.

Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Monday:

– ECB to change policy guidance at next meeting, Lagarde says

– Credit Suisse’s Swiss compliance officer Scarlato leaving

– Euro zone ministers meet

— Auctions of U.S. 6-mth, US 10 year, 3 year notes

– ECB Vice-president Luis de Guindos speaks

– New York Fed President John Williams speaks on inflation

Graphic: China RRR moves –

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