BlackRock Investment Institute have a very downbeat outlook on global stock markets.
On the US:
On the UK:
I posted earlier on the firm's CEO's outlook, he sees as many as 4 more Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) rate hikes to come:
Jibun / S&P Global final manufacturing PMI from Japan for May 2023 comes in at 50.6, much improved from April:
Good results from Japan.
From the report:
USD/JPY dipped earlier but has rebounded:
Flash readings here:
Out at the same time was the South Korea Nikkei Manufacturing PMI (May), at 48.4 for the 11th straight month in contraction.
Earlier on oil:
ANZ say that oil market's sentiment was hit by the PMI from China yesterday indicating the country's weak economic rebound. Concerns that the post-COVID bounce has petered out. Also overnight data showing US employment vacancies unexpectedly increased. Strong employment statistics typically signals an increase in oil demand from consumers.
Analysts at ANZ go on to say that there is speculation that OPEC will intervene to support prices as a result of the crude selloff. But ANZ are not anticipating the June 4 OPEC meeting will bring output cuts, but bullish rhetoric is likely to persist. OPEC will be watching to see how the existing production agreement and the expansion of Chinese demand will develop.
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