* European shares bounce back
* US futures down
by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Julien Ponthus. Reach him on Messenger to
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LET'S CALL HIM KNUT! (1008 GMT)
The mighty DAX has joined the long list of indexes or stocks which became bears in 2018.
It's not that surprising actually given that the German export-heavy benchmark is widely
used as a proxy to play trade war fears which there's been no shortage of in the last few weeks.
Ok, so what do you call a German bear which is just a few days old?
Knut, in a tribute to the late Berlin Zoo celebrity!
Here's a link with more photos and background on Knut: https://reut.rs/2E6Hi5q and here's
our rolling bear market indicator where you can see the latest market action:
OPENING SNAPSHOT: A REBOUND FOR EUROPE WHILE FRESENIUS SLIDES (0835 GMT)
European stocks are bouncing back this morning with the euro zone STOXX up 1.1 percent and
the FTSE 100 up 1.3 percent. Euro zone stocks are still set for their worst week in two months
(since the October selloff) as investors lick their wounds after a turbulent few days.
Fresenius shares are down 10.3 percent, the biggest fallers on the STOXX 600 after the
healthcare firm issued a profit warning and vowed further dividend hikes. The stock hit a near
four-year low and was set for its worst fall since 2002.
"They keep missing," says one trader.
just a 0.5 percent gain.
As you can see below, some of the sectors worst hit by yesterday's selloff are leading the
charge today, with tech up 2.1 percent. Autos, however, are still underperforming.
a recovery in the South African rand after a sharp fall yesterday due to turmoil at state-run
power firm Eskom.
companies analysts say could gain from Huawei's competitive position in the mobile equipment
market being hurt.
ON THE RADAR: A FAIR WHACK OF CORPORATE NEWS (0752 GMT)
European stocks are set for a rebound at the open but there is not enough enthusiasm on
Asian markets and certainly not on U.S. futures (S&P 500 down 0.6 percent at the moment) to bet
your life savings they will end the day in the black.
A lot will depend on NFPs and how they tread the fine line of reassuring on growth after the
recent yield curve drama and not changing growing belief the Fed has had a dovish epiphany.
On the corporate front, shares in German healthcare group Fresenius are expected to fall at
the open after it cut its medium-term guidance.
restored its cellular network following a software glitch which caused smartphone users to lose
Another sign that Brexit is taking its toll on the British economy with Berkeley Group's H1
falling as people put off house purchases amid increasing uncertainty. That being said, the
house builder's shares are indicated up in pre market.
chain was challenging in November.
Monday for financial misconduct according to Nikkei business daily.
Good news for Roche which wins an FDA approval for a lung cancer treatment and still in the
a lower price than rivals.
AN UPBEAT OPEN FOR EUROPEAN FUTURES BUT... (0714 GMT)
European futures opened on an upbeat tone, from up 1.5 percent for the FTSE and the DAX to
1.3 percent for the CAC.
broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.3 percent and Chinese
blue chips just slightly in negative territory (-0.05 percent).
Meanwhile, U.S. futures are also slightly in the red with the S&P down 0.24 percent.
U.S. NON FARM PAYROLL: CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR...(0656 GMT)
Today's U.S. job data will be key for market sentiment but it's not crystal clear what would
be the most reassuring figure.
"Usually we look at these releases and want to see the best possible numbers – for obvious
reasons – but given the fragility in the markets, I wonder whether the goldilocks report for the
current environment involves decent – but not great – jobs growth and only moderate wage gains",
writes Craig Erlam from Oanda.
"This would give the Fed and investors encouragement that the economy is ticking along
nicely and allow it to take the foot off the gas a little, potentially taking some pressure of
the middle part of the yield curve and easing investor concerns".
job creations or wages growth could change again the expectations for rate hikes and lead to
On the other hand, fears that the U.S. yield curve is pointing to a stronger than expected
slowdown have also to be addressed somehow.
MORNING CALL: SET FOR A TENTATIVE REBOUND (0628 GMT)
The money still seems to be on European stock markets rebounding at the open after their
points and Paris' CAC 55 points.
on Asian markets at the moment despite Wall Street recouping most of its losses towards the end
of the session.
Support can't be expected from oil prices which are still dragged by OPEC's decision to
delay a final decision on output cuts.