Asia Stocks Fall, U.S. Futures Rebound; Oil Higher: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Asian stocks fell Monday and U.S. equity futures rebounded as traders weighed concerns about tightening Federal Reserve monetary policy. Treasury yields edged higher and crude oil climbed.

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Shares fell in Japan, South Korea and Australia after one of the worst stretches for global shares last week since the pandemic began. Gains in S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 contracts held out the hope of some respite. The dollar was steady.

The Fed on Wednesday is expected to signal a March liftoff in interest rates and balance-sheet reduction later this year to help fight inflation. Ebbing stimulus is forcing a rethink about the economic and market outlook.

How the policy shift will affect fixed income is among the key questions. Treasuries initially slumped at the start of last week before rallying sharply. The 10-year yield inched up toward 1.77%.

In the volatile cryptocurrency sector, bruised Bitcoin stabilized around $36,000 in the wake of a plunge over the past three days. Digital coins have shed more than $1 trillion in value since a November high.

Aside from the Fed, earnings updates from titans such as Apple Inc. will shape sentiment too following an uneven start to the reporting season. Technology stocks have borne the brunt of an equity selloff this year, while some less richly valued parts of the market have held up better.

There is “likely a longer term rotation toward value stocks measured in quarters, not weeks” unfolding, Julian Emanuel, chief equity and quantitative strategist at Evercore ISI, wrote in a note. He added “investors should retain a balanced view, staying patient in committing new capital to equities.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists said they see a risk the Fed will tighten monetary policy more aggressively this year than the Wall Street bank now anticipates.

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