European Stock Futures Decline as US Tech Wobbles: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — European stocks are set to slip after a mixed day on Wall Street on growing speculation the tech sector rally may be running out of steam.

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Euro Stoxx 50 futures fell, while US contracts edged higher after various US non-tech sectors climbed on Monday. Nvidia, the chipmaker at the heart of the artificial-intelligence revolution, extended a three-day rout of about $430 billion — crossing the technical threshold of a correction.

Asian equities advanced with shares in Japan outperforming the region. Investors snatched up value stocks, rotating out of the technology sector into other parts of the market. The yen strengthened, while the greenback dipped against most of its Group-of-10 peers. Treasuries were little changed during Asian trading.

“As we approach the quarter-end, global investors are rebalancing their portfolio, selling assets that have performed well recently and buying names that have lagged,” said Hideyuki Ishiguro, chief strategist at Nomura Asset Management Co. That’s likely to help support the broader Topix index, he said.

Market participants will be also keeping a keen eye on France’s main political parties which will hold a debate Tuesday evening ahead of the first round of legislative elections on Sunday. Spain is scheduled to publish its May Producer Price Index with an ECB speech later on in the day.

Back in Asia, Chinese machinery stocks rose after President Xi Jinping urged scientists and researchers to enhance technological innovation with a greater sense of urgency. Meanwhile, speaking at the World Economic Forum, Premier Li Qiang warned of negative consequences if nations parted ways economically, while hitting back at criticism that his nation’s industrial policy has led to overcapacity.

In other news, the US is investigating China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom over concerns the firms could exploit access to American data through their US cloud and internet businesses by providing it to Beijing, Reuters reports, citing three unidentified people familiar with the matter.

Following a tech-led rally, Deutsche Bank’s Binky Chadha said US equities are set to pause. There’s a lot of good news baked into markets, and if that optimism proves unjustified, there could be downside risks, Lori Calvasina at RBC Capital Markets noted. To John Stoltzfus at Oppenheimer, while the bull market appears sustainable, some profit-taking should be expected.

“A decline in the tech sector is certainly possible, even if the sector is going to do well during the summer months overall,” Matt Maley at Miller Tabak noted. “Even if you agree with the most-bullish scenario for the AI phenomenon for the second half of 2024, no group moves in a straight line.”

In commodities, oil held gains as investors weighed the potential fallout from rising geopolitical tensions. Gold edged lower after closing higher in the previous session on a weaker US dollar, which boosted the appeal of commodities. Copper rose as investors mulled prospects for potential stimulus in China following weak fiscal revenue data.

Bitcoin rebounded after falling Monday. Losses are piling up in the crypto market after its second-worst weekly decline of 2024, a reflection of cooling demand for Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and uncertainty over monetary policy.

Key events this week:

  • US Conference Board consumer confidence, Tuesday

  • Fed’s Lisa Cook, Michelle Bowman speak, Tuesday

  • US new home sales, Wednesday

  • China industrial profits, Thursday

  • Eurozone economic confidence, consumer confidence, Thursday

  • US durable goods, initial jobless claims, GDP, Thursday

  • Nike releases earnings, Thursday

  • Japan Tokyo CPI, unemployment, industrial production, Friday

  • US PCE inflation, spending and income, University of Michigan consumer sentiment, Friday

  • Fed’s Thomas Barkin speaks, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures rose 0.1% as of 6:58 a.m. London time

  • Nikkei 225 futures (OSE) rose 1.1%

  • Japan’s Topix rose 1.7%

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.3%

  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.4%

  • The Shanghai Composite fell 0.4%

  • Euro Stoxx 50 futures fell 0.3%


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed

  • The euro was little changed at $1.0742

  • The Japanese yen rose 0.1% to 159.44 per dollar

  • The offshore yuan was little changed at 7.2828 per dollar

  • The Australian dollar rose 0.1% to $0.6664


  • Bitcoin rose 2.6% to $61,041.52

  • Ether rose 2% to $3,375.37


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 4.24%

  • Japan’s 10-year yield advanced one basis point to 0.995%

  • Australia’s 10-year yield declined two basis points to 4.19%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude was little changed

  • Spot gold fell 0.4% to $2,324.98 an ounce

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

–With assistance from Toshiro Hasegawa.

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