By Geoffrey Smith
Investing.com — Stocks are set to end May on a negative note as disappointing updates from Amazon (NASDAQ:), Apple (NASDAQ:) and Intel (NASDAQ:) weigh on sentiment. China’s currency and stocks leap as the Politburo promises more economic policy support ahead of a long weekend. The US will report personal income and spending data for March, and the Eurozone’s economy fared slightly better than the US one in the first quarter despite the outbreak of war on the continent. Oil prices continue to push higher in anticipation of an EU oil embargo on Russia. Here’s what you need to know in financial markets on Friday, 29th April.
1. Amazon & Apple disappoint
Amazon stock fell sharply in premarket after the e-commerce giant.
Amazon lost $3.8 billion on the bottom line due to marking down the value of its stake in electric van maker Rivian, but the fading of pandemic-era trends hit both its core e-commerce operations and its advertising business. E-commerce revenue grew 7% on the year, the slowest since Amazon began breaking out that figure.
Apple stock also fell, by a more modest 2.4%, after chief financial officer Luca Maestri forecast that supply chain problems in the current quarter. Its results for the quarter just ended beat expectations, thanks to better-than-expected 5.5% rise in revenue from iPhone sales.
2. China’s ongoing conundrum
Chinese assets rallied sharply into a long holiday weekend, after the State Council released a statement promising .
The statement drove the higher by over 0.5% to 6.6215. That is, however, little more than a footnote to its worst month in six years, in which it has still lost over 4%.
By the same token, the Tech index rallied more than 10%, but is still down some 60% in the last 14 months.
The State Council’s assurances were short on details, and didn’t resolve the inherent contradiction between its commitment to supporting production (notably through infrastructure spending, as promised by President Xi Jinping earlier this week) and its Zero Covid policy, support for which it reiterated . .
3. Stocks set to open lower; Intel and Robinhood also weigh; Big Oil earnings in focus
US stocks are set to open lower later, dragged down by Apple and Amazon, on course to complete a difficult April firmly in the red.
By 6:15 AM ET (1015 GMT), were down 100 points, or 0.3%, while were down 0.6% and were down 0.9%.
Tesla (NASDAQ:) stock offered a modicum of support, bouncing 3% in premarket from a one-month low after Elon Musk said he to fund his bid for Twitter (NYSE:). However there were also conspicuous declines at Intel, down 3.5% and Robinhood (NASDAQ:), down 11%, in response to weak quarterly updates and outlooks.
It’s a big day for the hydrocarbons sector in earnings: Exxon Mobil (NYSE:), Chevron (NYSE:), Phillips 66 (NYSE:) and LyondellBasell all report early, as do pharma giants AbbVie (NYSE:) and Bristol Myers-Squibb, Honeywell (NASDAQ:), Charter Communications (NASDAQ:), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:) and Aon (NYSE:). Chevron got the ball rolling in underwhelming fashion, missing expectations for earnings per share.
4. Personal income, spending due; Eurozone 1Q GDP holds up but CPI hits new high in April
The US will release and data for March, along with some more interesting data from the first quarter to flesh out the deceptively weak-looking numbers from Thursday.
Also of interest will be the price index for in March, although it is unlikely to have much influence on next week’s Federal Reserve meeting, where a 50-basis point hike in the fed funds target range is all-but nailed on.
Overnight, Eurozone GDP data showed the economy , a reflection of the fact the region reopened its economy later than the US and still hasn’t blown its savings windfall, according to UBS Global Wealth Management’s chief economist Paul Donovan.
hit a new record high of 7.5% in April, while in the UK, the boom in house prices showed signs of finally cooling. The and the both rose.
5. Oil pushes higher ahead of likely EU oil embargo on Russia
Crude oil prices continued to rise in anticipation of an EU embargo on Russian oil, likely to be announced next week. An emergency meeting of the bloc’s energy ministers has been penciled in for Monday.
An embargo would force European buyers to chase a restricted pool of supply to substitute their Russian imports. Newswires reported that India is leaning on its biggest oil and gas companies to replace Europeans as offtakers of Russian crude and investors in Russia’s oil sector.
By 6:25 AM ET, futures were up 1.0% at $106.44 a barrel, while futures were up 1.4% at $108.72 a barrel.
Baker Hughes’ , which posted its smallest net gain in six weeks last week, is due at 1 PM ET.