© Reuters. A man stands inside the Microsoft Experience Center in New York City, U.S., January 18, 2023. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A look at the day ahead in European and global markets from Tom Westbrook:
Giants of tech and luxury goods have turned in mixed reports. Microsoft (NASDAQ:) and Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:) each beat forecasts, but their share prices went in opposite directions as investors zeroed in on cloud computing.
Google shares fell 6% in after-hours trade. Microsoft shares rose 4%, leaving down 0.3% in Asia.
Here’s the wrapup of the pair’s results.
Facebook (NASDAQ:) parent Meta reports after-market on Wednesday. Its shares had fallen on Tuesday and slipped a little further after hours as dozens of U.S. states sued the company and its Instagram business, accusing them of addicting teens.
On the luxury front Kering (EPA:), owner of Gucci and Balenciaga, reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter sales. That was worse than the slowdown reported by LVMH, and the surprise jump in sales logged by Birkin-bag maker Hermes on Tuesday, which sent its shares up 3%.
Gucci’s revamped look, unveiled last month in Milan by designer Sabato De Sarno, is yet to hit stores.
European loans data and a survey of German business conditions will be closely watched later on Wednesday. Santander (BME:), Deutsche Bank and Dassault Systemes also report results.
In Asia, China’s plans to raise a trillion yuan ($137 billion) in sovereign debt boosted Chinese shares in anticipation of spending and lifted MSCI’s broad index of Asia ex-Japan stocks away from Tuesday’s 11-month low. [MKTS/GLOB]
Central Huijin’s vow to buy exchange-traded funds and keep doing so was also reminiscent of similar announcements from the state fund that drove strong rallies in 2013 and 2015. [.SS]
The dollar was the main mover in the foreign exchange market, rising as surprisingly strong inflation data prompted traders to re-price the risk of another rate hike.
Just this week, RBA Governor Michele Bullock said the bank would not hesitate to raise its 4.1% cash rate if there was a “material” upward revision to the inflation outlook.
Key developments that could influence markets on Wednesday:
Economics: Euro zone lending, German business survey
Earnings: Dassault Systemes, Deutsche Bank, CME Group (NASDAQ:), Hilton, Boeing (NYSE:) and, after market close, IBM (NYSE:) and Meta
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