The yen rose with gold and U.S. equity-index futures fell as investors took a cautious approach amid the latest reports on the Trump administration and a suspected terrorist attack in the U.K.
The Japanese currency rose against almost all its major peers and S&P 500 futures dropped as the Washington Post reported Donald Trump asked intelligence chiefs to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russia. The pound slipped after U.K. police said they are treating a blast that resulted in at least 22 deaths at a concert in Manchester as possible terrorism. The Mexican peso slid after S&P said it may cut Brazil’s sovereign credit rating. Noble Group Ltd. shares plunged amid concerns over a default.
Political wrangling in Washington returned to the fore, taking the focus away from global economic growth. The U.S. president in March asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny existence of any collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, the Washington Post reported, citing unidentified current and former officials.
“Trump risk and geopolitical concern triggered by the U.K. news this morning is making the market prone to risk-aversion moves,” said Ayako Sera, a market strategist with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. in Tokyo. “The biggest thing, nevertheless, is the wariness over suspicion surrounding Trump and Russia.”
U.K. police said at least 22 people were killed in a suspected terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, northern England, in the worst such incident on British soil since the London bombings of 2005. The blast happened in the middle of an election campaign and came two months after a lone attacker left five people dead outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
Traders also weighed the impact of Trump’s budget proposal. He would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society with $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in a plan that shrinks the safety net for the poor, recent college graduates and farmers. U.S. monetary policy remains in focus after recent data showed all was not well for the world’s largest economy. Fed governor Lael Brainard said she’s not seeing much progress on core inflation.
Here are some key upcoming events:
Hong Kong will release CPI numbers, while Taiwan has industrial output.
In Europe, there is Germany’s Ifo report and French business confidence data.
South Korea, Canada, South Africa and Thailand set interest rates this week.
A key OPEC decision will be made in Vienna on Thursday.
Here are the main moves in markets:
Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.1 percent as of 3:06 p.m. in Tokyo. The underlying gauge rose 0.5 percent on Monday. The index has climbed 1.6 percent in three days following a 1.8 percent rout last Wednesday and sits just 0.4 percent from an all-time high.
Japan’s Topix dropped 0.2 percent after swinging between gains and losses. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.2 percent. South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.5 percent.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 0.1 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.5 percent.
Futures on the U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index gained 0.1 percent. Contracts on the Euro Stoxx 50 fell 0.1 percent.
The selloff in Brazilian assets resumed on Monday. The NEXT Funds Ibovespa Linked Exchange Traded Fund, an equity ETF that tracks Brazil’s benchmark index, slumped 3.9 percent in Tokyo trading Tuesday.
Noble Group plunged 28 percent before being halted in Singapore as S&P said the embattled commodity trader could default on its debt over the next year as it spirals further into distress.
The yen rose 0.3 percent to 111.01 per dollar.
The pound slid 0.1 percent to $1.2985. The euro was little changed at $1.1233.
The New Zealand dollar jumped 0.6 percent.
The Mexican peso dropped 0.1 percent. S&P Global Ratings said it may cut Brazil’s rating as the nation’s fiscal adjustment is at risk of stalling amid political uncertainty following allegations against President Michel Temer.
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was flat, trading near the lowest level since November.
The yield on 10-year Treasury notes fell two basis points to 2.24 percent.
Yields on Australian government debt with a similar maturity lost four basis points to 2.45 percent.
WTI crude fell 0.4 percent to $50.91, after jumping above $51 per barrel on Monday.
Gold added 0.1 percent to $1,262.15 an ounce, for a third day of gains.