China’s Communist Party supports the economy, global stocks mixed.

China's Communist Party supports the economy, global stocks mixed.

Global Markets Show Mixed Performance as Traders Anticipate Fed Meeting


Global markets have shown mixed performance as traders eagerly anticipate the Federal Reserve meeting scheduled for Wednesday. London and Shanghai both advanced, while Tokyo and Paris experienced a slight retreat. Oil prices also witnessed a slight decrease.

Chinese leaders have promised measures to boost the sluggish economic growth in the country. However, they have not provided any specific details or mentioned possible stimulus spending. Andrew McCaffery of Fidelity International stated in a report that any potential stimulus is unlikely to be significant as Beijing takes a gradual and targeted approach.

In early trading, the FTSE 100 in London rose by 0.1% to reach 7,686.57, while the CAC 40 in Paris lost less than 0.1% and stood at 7,424.47. The DAX in Frankfurt also experienced a slight loss and reached 16,186.36.

On Wall Street, the future for the benchmark S&P 500 appeared 0.15% higher ahead of the Fed meeting, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was relatively unchanged. In the previous trading session, the S&P 500 rose by 0.4%, the Dow gained 0.5%, and the Nasdaq composite added 0.2%.

Traders are expecting the Federal Reserve to announce another increase in its benchmark lending rate, bringing it to a 22-year high. However, they hope that this will be the final increase for the year, as inflation levels, which were near multi-decade highs, have declined.

A significant rise was observed in the Shanghai Composite Index, which surged by 2.1% to reach 3,231.52. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong also saw a substantial increase, surging by 4.1% and reaching 19,434.40. However, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo experienced a slight retreat of less than 0.1% and stood at 32,682.51. On the other hand, the Kospi in Seoul advanced by 0.3% and reached 2,636.46, while Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 gained 0.5% and reached 7,339.70.

India’s Sensex experienced a slight retreat of 0.1%, reaching 66,313.91. New Zealand and Bangkok saw a decline in their markets, while other Southeast Asian markets performed well.

Traders are optimistic that the Federal Reserve can achieve a challenging feat known as a “soft landing,” effectively extinguishing inflation without pushing the U.S. economy into a recession. Initially, traders were predicting a brief recession to begin this quarter. However, they have pushed back the timing and scale of the expected slump due to the unexpectedly strong performance of the U.S. hiring and consumer spending.

This week, around 30% of companies in the S&P 500 are scheduled to release their earnings reports for the second quarter. Among them, tech giants Alphabet, Meta Platforms, and Microsoft are expected to announce their earnings. These three stocks, along with four others, accounted for the majority of the S&P 500’s gains in the first half of the year, with each of them soaring by at least 37%.

The performance of these top stocks in the market has become significantly influential, prompting Nasdaq to rebalance its Nasdaq 100 index to minimize the impact these stocks have on the overall index.

A preliminary report from S&P Global on Monday indicated that U.S. service industries are growing, but at a slower pace than anticipated. The report also suggested that U.S. manufacturing is performing better than feared. Overall, the growth in business activity during July appears to be at its slowest in five months.

In the energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude prices observed a marginal decrease of 1 cent, settling at $78.73 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The previous day saw an increase of $1.67, reaching $78.74. Likewise, Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil trading, experienced a minimal retreat of 7 cents, standing at $82.41 per barrel in London. It had previously gained $1.67, reaching $82.74.

The dollar witnessed a slight decline against the yen, dropping to 141.25 from 141.44. Similarly, the euro declined to $1.1065 from $1.1071.

In conclusion, global markets have showcased a mixed performance as traders await the Federal Reserve meeting. With uncertainties surrounding stimulus measures and inflation, traders hope for a soft landing that will balance growth without pushing the economy into a recession. Earnings announcements from major companies, especially tech giants, are also eagerly anticipated. As the markets remain dynamic, traders and investors must closely monitor the upcoming decisions and announcements that will shape the global economy.