June 19, 2024, 7:21 a.m.
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European stocks experienced minimal movement as traders searched for new catalysts following the recent tech-driven rally in the US. The Stoxx 600 index remained mostly unchanged, while US futures fluctuated after Tuesday's gains. The British pound recovered from slight losses after inflation dropped to the Bank of England's target, which hadn't happened in almost three years. Trading of Treasuries globally was inactive on Wednesday due to a holiday in the US. The S&P 500 approached the 5, 500 mark on Tuesday, as traders anticipated further rate cuts from the Federal Reserve, which would support the tech industry. Nvidia Corp. continued its record-breaking surge and became the world's most valuable company.

Mixed economic data from the US showed an increase in industrial production, but retail sales barely rose. Several Fed officials stressed the need for more evidence of cooling inflation before considering rate cuts. In Asian markets, China's 10-year bond futures reached record intraday highs amid a months-long bull run in the country's debt market. The governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Pan, mentioned that the central bank, along with the finance ministry, is studying the implementation of government bond trading. In Japan, bond futures fell in response to a Bloomberg report indicating that the Ministry of Finance is considering shifting more of its issuance to shorter-maturity bonds, which implies a significant change as the central bank reduces its purchases of government debt. In the commodities market, oil stabilized after closing at a seven-week high, supported by an ongoing risk-on sentiment in broader markets, despite signs of increased stockpile growth. Gold remained relatively unchanged.



European stocks showed minimal movement as traders searched for new catalysts following the recent tech-driven rally in the US. The Stoxx 600 remained relatively unchanged, while US futures fluctuated. The British pound made a recovery after inflation fell to the Bank of England's target for the first time in nearly three years. Notably, there was no trading of Treasuries worldwide due to a holiday in the US. Additionally, the S&P 500 benchmark continued its climb towards the 5,500 mark on the back of expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts. In Asia, China's 10-year bond futures reached a record intraday high amidst a bull run in the country's debt market. Bond futures in Japan fell as news emerged that the Ministry of Finance was considering an issuance plan that would shift towards shorter-maturity bonds. In the commodities market, oil stabilized at a seven-week high, while gold remained steady.

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