Stocks Rise, Oil Retreats After Russia Report: Markets Wrap

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(Bloomberg) — Stocks rose and haven trades fizzled on Tuesday amid optimism that geopolitical tensions are easing.

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All sectors in Europe’s Stoxx 600 Index posted gains and U.S. futures climbed after Interfax reported that some Russian troops are returning to their bases. Treasury yields advanced, while the dollar and gold fell. The ruble jumped.

Oil retreated from the highest since 2014 and European energy prices dropped as a possible cooling in the Ukrainian crisis eased some supply concerns. Diplomatic efforts are continuing, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. While U.S. officials have warned a Russian invasion may be imminent, Moscow has repeatedly denied that one is planned.

Meanwhile, iron ore tumbled as China ramped up a campaign to stop prices overheating.

Among individual stock moves, Glencore Plc jumped to a 10-year high after saying it expects long-running corruption probes by U.S. and U.K. authorities to be resolved this year as the world’s biggest commodity trader reported its highest-ever profit and almost $4 billion in shareholder returns. Banco BPM SpA climbed to highest level since May 2016.

Markets have been whipsawed this week as the Ukraine crisis reached its most urgent level yet, adding to existing concerns over high inflation and the withdrawal of stimulus by the Federal Reserve. Fed officials came out with another round of views on the policy outlook on Monday.

“What we are seeing is a Fed that is reacting to inflationary prints even though many of the pressures on inflation are factors that the Fed really can’t solve,” Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco, said on Bloomberg Television. “So that certainly increases the risks and reduces the clarity.”

Here are some key events this week:

  • U.S. PPI, Tuesday

  • EIA crude oil inventory report, Wednesday

  • FOMC minutes, Wednesday

  • China CPI, PPI, Wednesday

  • G-20 finance ministers, central bank governors meet, Thursday through Feb. 18

  • Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speak, Thursday

  • U.S. Monetary Policy Forum: speakers including Fed officials Charles Evans, Christopher Waller and Lael Brainard, Friday

For more market analysis, read our MLIV blog.

Some of the main moves in markets:

Stocks

  • The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 1.1% as of 9:43 a.m. London time

  • Futures on the S&P 500 rose 1.3%

  • Futures on the Nasdaq 100 rose 1.8%

  • Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.9%

  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 1.5%

  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 1.6%

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.2%

  • The euro rose 0.3% to $1.1341

  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 115.61 per dollar

  • The offshore yuan was little changed at 6.3513 per dollar

  • The British pound rose 0.2% to $1.3552

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced four basis points to 2.03%

  • Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at 0.29%

  • Britain’s 10-year yield declined two basis points to 1.57%

Commodities

  • Brent crude fell 2.3% to $94.23 a barrel

  • Spot gold fell 0.8% to $1,856.46 an ounce

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