Global Stocks Slide With Commodities on Fed as Treasuries Advance
London/Tokyo. Stocks fell to a five-week low and silver led declines in commodities on speculation the Federal Reserve will curb bond purchases next month.
Indonesia’s rupiah traded at its weakest since 2009 while US Treasuries advanced. The MSCI All Country World Index lost 0.6 percent to 368.81 at 10:11 a.m. in London, the lowest since July 11 on an intraday basis.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid 1 percent, with trading volume 47 percent greater than the 30-day average. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures fell 0.1 percent.
Treasuries rose, pushing the 10-year yield down from a two-year high. Corporate bond risk increased for a second day to the highest in almost five weeks.
The rupiah tumbled 2.2 percent against the dollar, the most seven months, to the lowest since April 2009.
Investors withdrew $8.4 billion from emerging-market exchange-traded funds this year amid a selloff that sent India’s rupee to a record low and Indonesian stocks down more than 20 percent from an all-time high three months ago, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Weakening economies from India to Indonesia are fueling pessimism in markets already concerned the Fed, which publishes minutes of its July meeting tomorrow, will start cutting bond purchases in September.
“The US is going to unwind a historical amount of stimulus and it’s going to make markets nervous,” said Nader Naeimi, the head of dynamic asset allocation at AMP Capital Investors in Sydney, which manages more than $130 billion.
“In the next couple of months, until US bond yields settle down, we’re going to see some choppy trades” in global equities, he said.
Benefits of more purchases “are likely to be negligible,” Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said in interview in Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper on Aug. 18.
More than 10 shares declined for every one that advanced in the Stoxx 600. CRH sank 6.1 percent, the most in four months, after the cement maker cut its second-half earnings guidance, citing weak demand from the euro region.
HeidelbergCement lost 4.3 percent. John Wood Group, a British oil-services provider active in Africa and the Middle East, plunged 10 percent after cutting the profit outlook at its engineering division.
GSW Immobilien AG rallied 8.1 percent in Frankfurt after Deutsche Wohnen AG offered to buy Berlin’s biggest publicly traded residential landlord in an all-share transaction. D
eutsche Wohnen fell 2.5 percent. The decline in S&P 500 futures indicated the US equities gauge will extend a six-week low.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell for a fourth day, losing 1.6 percent. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland companies listed in Hong Kong slid 2.9 percent.
Benchmark gauges in Malaysia and the Philippines dropped more than 2 percent.
The Jakarta Composite Index sank 5.4 percent, extending a four-day slide to 13 percent. Data showed on Monday that the current-account deficit widened to a record last quarter and a report indicated this month the economy grew less than 6 percent for the first time since 2010 in the second quarter.
The S&P GSCI gauge of 24 commodities fell 0.8 percent. Increased commodities supplies will probably push prices lower for now, BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said on Tuesday.
Glencore Xstrata dropped 3.4 percent in London trading after writing down $7.7 billion of assets acquired in the Xstrata takeover three months ago.
Silver decreased as much as 3.7 percent, the most since July 5, and West Texas Intermediate oil declined to $106.12 a barrel.
Copper slipped 0.6 percent to $7,260.75 a metric ton.
The US 10-year yield fell seven basis points, or 0.07 percentage point, to 2.81 percent, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices.
The yield climbed to 2.90 percent on Monday, the highest level since July 2011. Price swings as measured by the Merrill Lynch Option Volatility Estimate MOVE Index climbed to 99.48 on Monday, the highest level since July 9.
The average for 2013 is 68. The yen strengthened for the first time in three days against the dollar on increased demand for the relative safety of the Japanese currency.
The yen appreciated 0.3 percent to 97.25 per dollar. It was little changed at 130.0 per euro. The euro added 0.3 percent to $1.3374.
Australia’s dollar fell for a second day, following its biggest drop this month, after the Reserve Bank said the currency’s direction will be important in determining policy.
New Zealand’s dollar tumbled after the country’s central bank chief said it will impose bank lending restrictions, reducing the need for interest-rate increases.
Norway’s krone slid as a report showed the economy expanded less than analysts estimated in the second quarter.
Australia’s currency dropped 0.6 percent to 90.54 US cents. New Zealand’s dollar slid 0.8 percent to 80 US cents. The krone declined 1 percent to 5.9795 per dollar.
The cost of insuring against losses on corporate bonds rose, with the Markit iTraxx Europe Index of credit-default swaps on 125 investment-grade companies increasing 1.1 basis points to 104.2 basis points, the highest since July 17.