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Daily Market Report April 3, 2023: Mixed Performance in US Stocks


U.S. stock indices show mixed results, gold reaches a year-high, and oil prices surge as OPEC+ announces production cuts. Market sentiment stabilizes after the Federal Reserve releases liquidity, and manufacturing data points to further contraction.

Daily Market Report April 3, 2023

Today’s Market Overview

As of the market close on April 3rd, the three major U.S. stock indices demonstrated mixed results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 0.98% to 33,601.15 points. In contrast, the Nasdaq Composite Index declined by 0.27% to 12,189.45 points. The S&P 500 experienced a gain of 0.37%, closing at 4,124.51 points.

Gold: June COMEX gold futures rose by 0.71% to $2,000.40 per ounce.

Oil: May WTI crude oil futures surged by 6.28% to $80.42 per barrel, and June Brent crude oil futures climbed by 6.31% to $84.93 per barrel.

Macroeconomic Overview

The U.S. ISM Manufacturing PMI for March fell short of market expectations and reached its lowest point since May 2020.

Comments: According to the latest data released by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the U.S. Manufacturing PMI for March stood at 46.3, the lowest since May 2020, and below the anticipated 47.5 (the previous figure was 47.7). With 50 marking the dividing line between expansion and contraction, the data indicates that the U.S. manufacturing sector is facing ongoing challenges. The outlook for U.S. manufacturing appears increasingly negative.

The Dallas Federal Reserve’s recent survey revealed that demand for bank loans within its district reached a three-year low.

Comments: The Dallas Federal Reserve’s latest report indicates that demand for bank loans within its jurisdiction has fallen to its weakest level since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. This decline may signal tightening credit conditions following a series of rate hikes and turbulence in the banking sector. Consumer loan demand, in particular, has dropped significantly, with the relevant indicator falling to -33.4 and declining for the fifth consecutive month. Credit tightening is likely to continue.

Market Sentiment

In response to a series of redemption requests in March, Blackstone Group has once again restricted investors from withdrawing funds from its $70 billion real estate income trust (BREIT). BREIT completed $6.66 billion in redemptions, representing only 15% of the total $45 billion requested for the month.

Comments: Since Blackstone initiated redemption limitations in November 2022, the peak of redemption demand occurred in December 2022 and January 2023. As the amount of redemption requests declined in February, negative market sentiment somewhat subsided. Given the Federal Reserve’s release of approximately $400 billion in liquidity in March, fluctuations in market sentiment are expected to decrease in the near term.

Gold Market

Gold prices experienced a slight increase, reaching their highest closing price in over a year.

Comments: The most actively traded June gold futures contract on the New York Commodity Exchange rose by $14.20, or 0.71%, to close at $2,000.40 per ounce. The modest intraday increase in gold prices can be attributed to the fluctuation of the US dollar index. In the short term, gold prices are expected to experience a wide range of fluctuations.

Oil Market

OPEC+ oil-producing countries, including Saudi Arabia, announced plans to reduce oil supply starting in May, with total production cuts exceeding 1.6 million barrels per day.

Comments: The ongoing production cuts by OPEC+ are consistent with expectations. As the demand for the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) remains unchanged, the significant increase in oil prices may add substantial uncertainty to the Federal Reserve’s future policy decisions regarding inflation control. In the short term, oil prices are expected to maintain a high level of volatility.

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