Agreement on US debt ceiling gives investors a sigh of relief

Frankfurt The German leading index Dax started Friday with a plus. The stock market barometer rose by 0.6 percent in early trading to 15,948 points and is thus once again approaching the much-noticed 16,000-point mark. On Thursday, the Dax had already climbed 1.2 percent.

Investors react with relief to the final agreement on raising the US debt ceiling. Late Thursday night, the second chamber of legislature, the Senate, also passed President Joe Biden-backed legislation that would remove the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling — averting a historic default. The Senate voted 63-36 in favor of the bill, which passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

This ends a long political nail-biter that had caused great concern on the markets about an economic crisis. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently warned that without an agreement, the US government would run out of cash by June 5th. The solution was therefore reached just before the deadline.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was relieved. “We avoided a catastrophic default,” he said. The Democrats in particular would have carried the agreement across the finish line, because in both chambers of Congress more Democrats than Republicans would have voted for the deal.

The markets in Asia also reacted positively to the final agreement. The Nikkei Index, which comprises 225 stocks, was 1.2 percent higher at 31,524 points in the course of trading. The Hang Seng index on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange rose about four percent, while the CSI 300 index of mainland China’s top companies rose 1.4 percent.

Investors are eagerly awaiting the new US jobs report

Now investors and economists are focused on the next major event in the US. The labor market report for May will be published in the early afternoon German time. Experts polled by Reuters expect job growth of 190,000 to remain solid, although this would no longer come close to the number of 253,000 new jobs achieved in April.

The labor market is seen as an important factor for the future direction of monetary policy. Ulrich Stephan, chief investment strategist for corporate and retail clients at Deutsche Bank, says: “Today’s US employment report for the month of May could provide clues as to whether the US Federal Reserve will actually take a break on interest rates on June 14.”

As early as Thursday, the report by the private agency ADP indicated that the job market would remain strong. Should today’s data also turn out to be robust, the strategist believes that expectations of a further rate hike could be strengthened.

Investors are currently considering another interest rate hike in June, more likely in July. They also derive this from speeches by representatives of the US Federal Reserve. Important indications of this are the persistently high inflation and the continued solid labor market.

Analyst Esther Reichelt from Commerzbank refers to a statement by well-known economists Ben Bernanke and Olivier Blanchard, who analyzed the inflation dynamics in and after the pandemic in more detail. Accordingly, the Fed is unlikely to succeed in bringing inflation back to its target level without a more pronounced economic downturn. As a result, the Fed will probably want to see an easing in the labor market before considering a less tight monetary policy, says the analyst.

Oil market before the decision of the Opec-plus countries in the eyes of investors at the weekend

Also in focus are the oil prices, which turned negative again this week, but recovered towards the end of the week. Brent crude oil from the North Sea rose in price by one percent to $75 for a 159-liter barrel on Friday morning after the price had risen a good two percent on Thursday. Similarly, the price for the US variety WTI increases to a good 70 dollars per barrel.

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“This is a very interesting development ahead of the Opec plus oil cartel meeting over the weekend and after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister warned investors not to bet on prices going higher,” said Craig Erlam, an analyst at US trading house Oanda. However, raw materials experts are rather skeptical as to whether the funding association will cut production again.

Look at individual values:

Adidas: Among the biggest winners in the Dax are Adidas papers with an increase of a good four percent. Sporting goods manufacturers are benefiting from the good mood in the industry after the positive figures from the yoga clothing manufacturer Lululemon. The company raised its full-year guidance for sales and earnings.

Puma: In the MDax, the shares of the competitor Puma also increased by 4.5 percent.

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