U.S. Futures, Europe Stocks Struggle as Asia Gains: Markets Wrap


(Bloomberg) -- European stocks fell on Wednesday while U.S. equity futures edged lower as the rebound in global shares struggled to maintain its momentum. Oil slipped, while Treasuries advanced with German bonds.

Contracts on the S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq all turned lower along with the Stoxx 600, as automakers and miners weighed on the European benchmark. The only bright spot was Asia, where a regional equities gauge headed for its biggest one-day increase in six weeks. Mainland China led gains after data showing China's economy lost steam lifted expectations that Beijing will boost stimulus. Australia's dollar sank as China reported industrial output, retail sales and investment all slowed last month -- underscoring the fragility of the world's second-largest economy as it girds for an intensified face-off with the U.S. over trade.

Treasury yields remained near the lowest level since March, with investors still reeling from the breakdown in trade negotiations in the past week. Yields on 10-year German bunds slipped to the lowest since 2016.

Signs of rekindled appetite for risky assets seem to be ebbing as traders remain on edge. The White House is preparing tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports, and economists warn the new penalties will eventually weigh heavily on the American economy. President Donald Trump is preparing to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at next month's G-20 summit, an encounter that could prove pivotal in the deepening clash over trade.

"It's just too early to tell if this is a buy, on slightly oversold conditions, or if it's the start of stabilization," Gina Martin Adams, chief equity strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, told Bloomberg TV in Hong Kong. "Our working thesis is that we're going to be in for a period of volatility for most the next month as we await the G-20 meeting."

Elsewhere, oil fell as an industry report signaling a jump in U.S. stockpiles eased concerns over a supply crunch, after a drone attack in Saudi Arabia had highlighted the vulnerability of the country's energy infrastructure.

Here are some notable events coming up this week:

Earnings this week include Alibaba, Tencent, Cisco, Nvidia.U.S. retail sales and industrial production are slated for Wednesday.Bank of Indonesia has an interest rate decision on Thursday.Australian unemployment is out on Thursday.

And here are the main market moves:


Futures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% to 2,837.50 as of 9:22 a.m. London time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.2%.The Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.9%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index advanced 0.3%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 0.5% to 155.32, the largest rise in six weeks.


The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose less than 0.05% to 1,202.85.The offshore yuan strengthened less than 0.05% to 6.9034 per dollar.The British pound gained 0.1% to $1.2914.The Japanese yen rose 0.1% to 109.53 per dollar.The euro edged 0.1% higher to $1.1214.


The yield on 10-year Treasuries slipped two basis points to 2.39%.Germany's 10-year yield fell two basis points to -0.09%.Switzerland's 10-year yield dipped one basis point to -0.37%.


West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.9% to $61.22 a barrel.LME zinc rose 1% to $2,620.00 per metric ton.Gold rose less than 0.05% to $1,297.10 an ounce.

--With assistance from Charlotte Ryan and Adam Haigh.

To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.net

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