By Jamie McGeever
(Reuters) – A look at the day ahead in Asian markets from Jamie McGeever.
All eyes are turning to the latest U.S. inflation figures, but all tongues are wagging about the crash in crypto.
The October snapshot of U.S. consumer prices comes at a slightly more nervous juncture for markets than even a few days ago. Not only has the FTX collapse triggered turmoil across the crypto universe, Meta Inc. laying off 13% of its workforce has brought the tech and economic outlook back into sharp focus.
U.S. rates market have been comfortable pricing an implied terminal rate above 5%, to be reached some time in the middle of next year, for over a week. Sticky inflation could push these expectations even higher, but how much more will the Fed really tighten without slamming the economy?
Economists expect monthly and annual core readings to dip from September, and the headline annual rate to fall to 8.0% from 8.2%. That would be the lowest since February.
As terminal rate forecasts have plateaued since the turn of the month, Treasury yields have been pretty rangebound and the dollar has eased back from its recent 20-year peak. Perhaps macro traders are laying the ground for a move.
Meanwhile, there have been moves aplenty in other markets. Bitcoin sank 10% on Tuesday and 12% on Wednesday to a two-year low below $16,500. Thursday marks a year to the day since its all-time peak of $69,000. Not a particularly happy anniversary.
Could cratering crypto be spilling over to tech? The web of holdings and investments between crypto and tech is murky, but real.
Tesla shares sank to a two-year low on Wednesday, and Cathie Wood’s ARKK Innovation ETF slumped to a five-year low – it is down 80% from its peak last year. Meta shares may have surged as investors cheered the 11,000 job cuts, but dismissals on that scale are a clear health warning for sector.
Markets may be getting twitchy. For the first time in a month, the VIX ‘fear index’ rose two days in a row.
Three key developments that could provide more direction to markets on Thursday:
U.S. inflation (October)
Fed’s Waller, Harker, Logan, Daly, George and Williams speak
Germany current account (September)
(Reporting by Jamie McGeever in Orlando, Fla.; Editing by Josie Kao)