Yields Extend Gains Before Fed; Tech Shares Slump: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Treasury yields extended gains and technology shares slumped ahead of a key Federal Reserve meeting at which officials will deliver their outlook for the economy amid a budding recovery that risks stoking inflation.

Contracts on the Nasdaq 100 fell more than 1%, while those on the S&P 500 traded modestly down. Fuel-cell firm Plug Power Inc. tumbled in pre-market trading after it disclosed accounting errors. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell, and South Korean stocks retreated as Samsung Electronics Co. warned it’s grappling with the fallout from a “serious imbalance” in semiconductors globally.

The Fed’s policy and outlook updates due Wednesday take center stage as the global recovery gains traction. The yield on 30-year Treasuries spiked to a level unseen since 2019 and the 10-year hit 1.67%. Market-implied inflation expectations are at 12-year highs. The dollar strengthened versus most major peers.

Rates markets are positioned for the Fed to raise borrowing costs sooner than current guidance suggests. Higher inflation expectations have boosted bond yields and sparked a rotation from growth to value stocks. Bond investor Bill Gross predicted in a Bloomberg TV interview that inflation will rise to 3% to 4% in the coming months.

“The concern is the assets that have worked best over the last decade — rates, credit of all kinds and long-duration equities — may not be the only games in town any more,” said David Wong, investment strategist at AllianceBernstein.

Elsewhere, WTI crude oil reversed a gain after the International Energy Agency said markets aren’t on the verge of a new price supercycle. Bitcoin held at about $55,000, below the weekend record above $61,000.

These are some key events this week:

Fed Chair Jerome Powell will likely reaffirm his steady policy stance at the Fed policy meeting Wednesday.Bank of England rate decision Thursday. BOE is expected to leave monetary policy unchanged.Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and Governor Haruhiko Kuroda briefing Friday.

These are the main moves in markets:


Futures on the S&P 500 Index declined 0.4% as of 8:11 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index sank 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.4%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index declined 0.7%.


The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index jumped 0.2%.The euro declined 0.1% to $1.1894.The British pound was little changed at $1.3888.The onshore yuan was little changed at 6.505 per dollar.The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 109.22 per dollar.


The yield on 10-year Treasuries jumped five basis points to 1.67%.The yield on two-year Treasuries increased one basis point to 0.16%.Germany’s 10-year yield jumped three basis points to -0.31%.Britain’s 10-year yield advanced five basis points to 0.835%.Japan’s 10-year yield decreased less than one basis point to 0.1%.


West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.9% to $64.22 a barrel.Brent crude fell 1.1% to $67.67 a barrel.Gold weakened 0.2% to $1,728.69 an ounce.

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