Asia shares skid on Ukraine fears, oil scales 7-year peak By Reuters

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By Wayne Cole

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares and European inventory futures sagged on Monday as warnings that Russia may invade Ukraine at any time despatched oil costs to seven-year peaks, boosted bonds and belted the euro.

EUROSTOXX 50 futures shed 1.6% and futures 0.5%. edged up 0.3% and Nasdaq futures 0.2% after steep losses on Friday.

The USA on Sunday mentioned Russia may create a shock pretext for an assault, because it reaffirmed a pledge to defend “each inch” of NATO territory.

The cautious temper noticed MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outdoors Japan drop 1.4%. misplaced 2.2%, whereas Chinese language blue chips fell 0.7%.

Markets have been in convulsions since an alarmingly excessive U.S. inflation studying sparked hypothesis the Federal Reserve may elevate charges by a full 50 foundation factors in March.

There was even chatter about an emergency inter-meeting hike. That was spurred partly by the timing of a closed Fed Board assembly for Monday, although the occasion appeared routine.

The speak was tamped down when the Fed launched an unchanged bond shopping for schedule for the approaching month, because the central financial institution has mentioned it will solely hike after its shopping for had ceased.

San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly additionally performed down the necessity for a half-point transfer in an interview on Sunday, saying being too “abrupt and aggressive” on coverage could possibly be counter-productive.

Futures markets since have scaled again the danger of a half-point rise to round 58%, when it had been priced as a close to certainty at one stage final week.

“Broad-based inflation pressures have given rise to earlier-than-expected strain for a synchronised shift towards restrictive coverage throughout the globe,” mentioned JPMorgan (NYSE:) chief economist Bruce Kasman.

“However we don’t count on it to translate into aggressive motion in March,” he added. “Partially, this displays uncertainties associated to Omicron, geopolitical tensions, and the buying energy squeeze from excessive inflation – all of which weigh closely on current-quarter development.”

Consideration will now be on an look by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard in a while Monday, given he just lately known as for 100 foundation factors of tightening by June.

All the speed chatter despatched Treasury yields to peaks final seen in 2019, earlier than geopolitical tensions prompted a safe-haven rally late on Friday. Yields on 10-year notes had been final at 1.94%, having been as excessive as 2.06% final week.

The yield curve additionally flattened markedly and nearly inverted between seven and 10-year maturities, as traders wagered the approaching Fed tightening would gradual financial development.

The danger of conflict in Ukraine has seen the euro retreat to $1.1345, from final week’s high of $1.1495. The safe-haven yen regained some floor to go away the greenback at 115.50 yen, from a peak of 116.33.

The Financial institution of Japan carried out a vast bond shopping for provide on Monday to restrain yields there.

The drop within the euro lifted the as much as 96.059 and away from final week’s trough of 95.172. The greenback was additionally up at 77.15 roubles, after leaping 2.9% on Friday.

Gold eased to $1,852 an oz., after climbing 1.6% on Friday.

Oil costs climbed additional to recent seven-year highs amid issues a Russian invasion of Ukraine would set off U.S. and European sanctions and disrupt exports from the most important oil producer in an already tight market. [O/R]

added one other $1.02 to $95.46 a barrel, whereas rose $1.27 to $94.37.

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