US stock futures rise and oil nears 1-year high as investors shrug off Donald Trump impeachment and cheer stimulus
- US stock futures rose, as investors looked past the likely
impeachmentof President Donald Trump towards the stimulusexpected under the administration of Joe Biden. Oilprices rose again, approaching a 1-year high, as investors bet vaccines and stimulus would increase energy demand.
- US Treasury yields fell after a well-received government auction and Federal Reserve officials signaled they would not seek to wind down stimulus for some time.
CSI 300 slipped 0.33%. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.04% while South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.71%. European
Vice President Mike Pence ruled out invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump based on accusations that he provoked a right-wing mob to storm the Capitol. Pence's decision sets the stage for Democrats to move ahead with impeaching Trump.Read more: Silicon Valley's pro-Trump VCs and founders once donated millions to Trump. They've gone quiet
Yet markets have not blinked at the political turmoil. Instead, they are focusing on the incoming Biden presidency, which is expected to bring more stimulus and stabler international economic relations.These hopes helped smaller US companies' stock prices rise yesterday, with the Russell 2000 index jumping 1.77%. Expectations of more stimulus and higher growth pushed oil prices close to 1-year highs. Brent crude, the international benchmark, rose more than 0.3% in early trading to $56.80 a barrel, its highest since February. US benchmark WTI climbed to $53.41 per barrel, also the highest since February.
A pledge by Saudi Arabia to cut output in February and March by 1 million barrels per day has also supported prices.
"There is good reason to believe that economic opening and oil demand recovery can kick in quite suddenly once we have managed to vaccinate those aged 65 or older," said Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at corporate bank SEB.European stocks also rose on Wednesday morning, with the continent-wide Stoxx 600 up 0.24%. The UK's FTSE 100 climbed 0.21%.
The yield on the US 10-year Treasury note fell 1.7 basis points to 1.121% after a successful government bond auction and dovish comments from Federal Reserve officials. It fell back from close to a 1-year high of 1.187% touched on Tuesday.
Jim Reid of Deutsche Bank said in a note on Wednesday: "It was an evening for market participants to reassess their views on a potential tapering schedule."The dollar inched higher on Wednesday morning after falling overnight along with US Treasury yields. It was up 0.09% on the dollar index - which compares it to a set of other currencies - to 90.17. Yet it was down from a high of around 90.7 yesterday.