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Stocks Rally on Trump Bets as Dollar Weakens


Stocks rallied with commodities after the initial shock of Donald Trump’s election victory gave way to optimism that his plans for fiscal stimulus will provide a boost to the global economy. Bloomberg’s dollar index retreated from an eight-month high.

Benchmark share gauges climbed in Europe and Asia, led by gains in raw-materials producers. Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose after swinging wildly in the last session, when they briefly sank by a 5 percent daily limit as the results of the U.S. presidential vote came out. Australia’s 10-year bond yield jumped amid speculation Trump’s spending plans will fuel inflation, while New Zealand’s dollar fell after the central bank expressed concern about the currency’s strength. Copper, aluminum and nickel surged to one-year highs.

There’s been a U-turn in investor sentiment since the largely unexpected win for Trump triggered a knee-jerk selloff in equities and rush into haven assets. While it’s common for stock-market volatility to surge after U.S. elections, initial moves don’t tend to prove long-lasting and that also proved the case in the wake of Britain’s June vote to leave the European Union. Trump has signaled spending of more than $500 billion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure and also pledged to lower taxes.

“There will be short-term volatility following the Trump victory but this is going to be short-lived, much like Brexit,” said Joshua Crabb, Hong Kong-based head of Asian equities at a unit of Old Mutual Plc. “This outcome isn’t as bad as people think. There’s going to be some tax cuts and fiscal stimulus. That would be good for corporate earnings and will be positive for equities.”


The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.6 percent as of 8:09 a.m. London time, rising for a fourth day after a report indicated that the U.K. housing market strengthened in October. Siemens AG, Vivendi SA and Zurich Insurance Group AG all surged after announcing quarterly earnings that beat analysts’ estimates.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 3.2 percent, practically erasing Wednesday’s slide. Japan’s Topix index jumped more than 5 percent, after sinking 4.6 percent in the last session, and Australia’s benchmark rallied by the most in five years.

BHP Billiton Ltd., the top miner, and Rio Tinto Group surged by more than 8 percent in Sydney, their biggest increases in nine months. In Hong Kong, Jiangxi Copper Co., China’s second-largest producer by output, rose as much as 13 percent and Russian aluminum maker United Co. Rusal Plc jumped by the most on record. Trump’s spending plans will spur demand for copper and other commodities at a time of tightening global supply, according to Jefferies Group LLC.

“It’s hard to make a directional bet as no one knows for sure what Trump will do,” said Hao Hong, chief strategist at Bocom International Holdings Co. in Hong Kong. “Bets that are relatively certain include infrastructure projects, defense spending and unfriendly trade policy. Commodity stocks are jumping on such expectations."

S&P 500 futures advanced 0.4 percent, after closing up 1.2 percent on Wednesday. Billionaire Carl Icahn said he left President-elect Trump’s victory party to bet about $1 billion on U.S. equities. The investor said that the U.S. economy still faces challenges but Trump will be “a positive, not a negative” for the country.


The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index slipped 0.2 percent after rallying 1.4 percent on Wednesday. The implied probability of a December Fed hike, which had fallen to less than 50 percent as results pointed to a Trump triumph, has jumped back to around 82 percent since he announced his spending plans. San Francisco Fed President John Williams said Wednesday that the argument for gradual interest-rate increases “still makes sense to me.”

“A Trump presidency is dollar bullish because Trump’s economic policies are inflationary and will force the Fed to raise the Funds rate at a faster pace than otherwise,” said Elias Haddad, a senior currency strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

The yen advanced 0.1 percent to 105.61 per dollar, set for the first gain in a week. It jumped as much as 3.9 percent in the last session, before closing lower, and Japan’s former top currency official Eisuke Sakakibara said Thursday it may strengthen to 90 within the next six months.

Australia’s dollar and Russia’s ruble rose 0.8 percent, leading gains among the currencies of resource-exporting nations. Mexico’s peso advanced 0.3 percent, after plunging on Wednesday by the most in a decade amid concern exports will be hurt by protectionist trade policies advocated by Trump.

The yuan slipped to a six-year low amid concern Chinese exports will also suffer. Trump has called China a "grand master" at currency manipulation and has threatened tariffs of up to 45 percent on imports from the Asian nation, a step that Commonwealth Bank of Australia estimated would cut Chinese shipments to the the U.S. by 25 percent in the first year.

New Zealand’s dollar dropped versus all of its G-10 peers after the central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low and Assistant Governor John McDermott said the authority is concerned about the currency’s strength and borrowing costs may be reduced further.


Iron ore jumped by the daily limit on the Dalian Commodity Exchange to the highest level since October 2014, before paring gains. Copper surged 5 percent in London, the biggest gain since May 2013. Nickel, tin, zinc and lead all rallied more than 2 percent.

“Potential U.S. fiscal stimulus and positive Chinese economic data is working in favor to spur further copper rallies,” Xiao Fu, head of commodity markets strategy at Bank of China International in London, said in an e-mailed report. “Speculators are finally returning to the copper market.”

Crude oil rose 0.7 percent to $45.45 a barrel in New York after data showed U.S. stockpiles expanded for the second week in a row.

Gold was up 0.7 percent. It jumped as much as 4.8 percent on Wednesday as the U.S. election results spurred demand for the safest assets, before giving up almost of the advance as the conciliatory tone of Trump’s victory speech helped revive risk appetite.


Ten-year U.S. Treasury yields declined by four basis points to 2.01 percent, after soaring 20 basis points in the last session as Trump’s spending pledges sent a gauge of inflation expectations to the highest point since July 2015. An auction of the tenor drew the weakest demand since 2009 on Wednesday, when the market value of bonds worldwide tumbled by $337 billion. The U.S. government has an offering of 30-year notes scheduled for Thursday.

“Trumpeconomics implies a likely faster pace of Fed rate hikes next year,” said Robert Rennie, head of financial markets strategy at Westpac Banking Corp. in Sydney. “It is clear that this wave of populist vote has reflected, in part, dislike of tight fiscal, easy monetary policy. If we are now seeing a shift in the U.S., then that means markets will have to reprice this.”

Australia’s government bonds joined the global selloff, lifting the 10-year yield by 28 basis points to 2.50 percent. The rate on similar-maturity notes in Germany increased for a fourth day, advancing to 0.22 percent.

Source: Bloomberg