Futures flat on Greek deal
Markets were upbeat despite the OECD cutting growth forecasts of large economies.
U.S. equity futures were flat in early Tuesday trade after the Troika of lenders reached an agreement to disburse Greece's latest bailout tranches and give the nation more time to repay its bailout loans. Ministers agreed to cut the interest rate Greece has to pay on its loans, suspend interest payments for a decade, and give the country more time to pay back the loans.
In other news, Mark Carney, the current head of the Bank of Canada, has been nominated to succeed Mervyn King as the Governor of the Bank of England. Should his appointment go through, he will become the first foreigner to head the Bank of England.
The latest revision of U.K. third quarter GDP was released with an annual growth rate being affirmed at 1.0% growth and the quarterly rate being revised downwards to -0.1% quarter over quarter growth.
The OECD cut its global growth forecasts overnight, slashing its estimate for global 2013 GDP growth to 3.4% from 4.2%. The OECD cut its U.S. GDP forecast to 2.0% from 2.6%, its Eurozone forecast to -0.1% from 0.9%, and its China forecast to 8.5% from 9.3%.
- S&P 500 futures were flat at 1,402.5.
- The EUR/USD was lower at 1.2949 after rising above 1.30 overnight.
- Spanish 10-year government bond yields fell to 5.608%.
- Italian 10-year government bond yields rose to 4.769%.
- Gold fell 0.15% to $1,747.00 per ounce.
Asian shares were mostly higher overnight led by growth markets following the slash of growth rates in the larger economies by the OECD. The Japanese Nikkei Index rose 0.37% while the Shanghai Composite fell 1.3% and the Hang Seng Index fell 0.08%. Also, the Korean Kospi rose 0.87% and Australian shares rose 0.74%.
European shares were higher following the Greek aid deal and despite the cut in growth forecasts by the OECD. The Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.32% in early trade and the Italian MIB Index rose 0.2% as Greek shares rallied 0.72%. Meanwhile, the German DAX rose 0.48%, the French CAC 40 rose 0.29%, and U.K. shares rose 0.38%.
Commodities were mixed overnight on mixed sentiment as price moves remained rather small. WTI crude futures rose 0.05% to $87.78 per barrel and Brent crude futures fell 0.1% to $110.81 per barrel. Copper futures rose 0.18% to $355.50 per pound following Australian shares higher despite weakness in China. Gold was lower and silver futures fell 0.32% to $34.12 per ounce.
Currency markets were rather volatile overnight, with the euro rallying into the Greek decision and selling off heavily afterwards. The EUR/USD was lower at 1.2949 and the dollar rose against the yen 82.07. Overall, the Dollar Index rose 0.08% to 80.32 on strength against the euro, the Swedish Krone, and the Swiss Franc. The Canadian dollar was slightly stronger relative to the greenback in early trade after falling initially on the news that central bank chief Mark Carney is set to leave for England. Also, the pound gained initially and has continued to rally. Lastly, the Aussie dollar was stronger highlighting a positive risk tone in currency markets.
- Halliburton (HAL) shares rose 0.52% premarket as the stock recouped its 20-day moving average.
- Bank of America (BAC) shares rose 0.46% premarket after regulators ruled that lawsuits against its Countrywide unit will be limited.
- Monsanto (MON) shares fell 0.24% in the premarket following news that the Punjab government in India will require the company to build a new research facility for maize research to continue doing business in the area.
- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares fell 0.16% premarket as investors filed a class action lawsuit following the reported fraud and lack of due diligence in the acquisition of Autonomy.
The earnings calendar is rather light Tuesday.
- Big Lots (BIG) is expected to report third quarter earnings per share of -$0.24 vs. $0.06 a year ago.
- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings per share of $0.48 vs. $0.47 a year ago.
On the economics calendar Tuesday, speeches from Federal Reserve officials including Richard Fisher, Dennis Lockhart, and Ben Bernanke are expected. Also, same-store sales, durable goods, and the Redbook are due out. Later, the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index and the FHFA Home Price Index will shed further light on the housing sector and consumer and investor confidence surveys are due out. Lastly, the Treasury is set to auction four-week bills and two-year notes.
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