U.S. stock futures decline on China worries as Fed kicks off deliberations
U.S. stock futures declined Tuesday as worries over China exacerbated inflation concerns as the Federal Reserve kicks off policy deliberations.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 146 points, or 0.4%, to 32692
Futures on the S&P 500
fell 0.4%, or 18 points, to 4145
Futures on the Nasdaq 100
dropped 49 points, or 0.4%, to 12995
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 1 point, or 0%, to 32945, while the S&P 500
declined 31 points, or 0.74%, to 4173, and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 263 points, or 2.04%, to 12581.
What’s driving markets
China’s at the heart of two stories that worry investors. U.S. and Chinese officials met in Rome on Monday, with little apparent agreement, as American negotiators said Russia was looking to circumvent sanctions by procuring Chinese arms. U.S. officials have threatened to also sanction China.
At the same time, China’s been fighting a coronavirus outbreak, tightening controls at ports a day after locking down the tech and finance hub of Shenzhen.
“In terms of catalysts, it is a bit of a perfect storm, with a sharp rise in covid cases in China and implications for demand and supply chains and further worries about the China-Russia relationship and possible sanctions if China was to provide support to Russia visibly,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.
The Hang Seng
slumped 6% in Hong Kong, and the Shanghai Composite
The Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day meeting, where it’s expected to make a quarter-point rate increase. The Fed will be eyeing wholesale inflation data due for release on Tuesday morning.
The Dutch bank ABN Amro is expecting seven quarter-point rate hikes this year, and another three next year.
“Despite the growth dampening effects of higher commodity prices, the conflict makes the case even stronger for rate hikes, rather than weaker,” said Bill Diviney, senior economist at ABN Amro.
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