The U.S. stock market showed mixed results, with the Dow Jones slipping 0.2%, the S&P 500 remaining mostly unchanged, and the Nasdaq Composite adding 0.22%. Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific markets, led by the Nikkei 225, experienced losses. The 10-year Treasury yield reached its highest level since 2007. Additionally, oil prices surged to their highest in over a year due to falling crude inventories in Cushing, Oklahoma. Shares of China Evergrande Group were suspended following reports that the company’s chairman was placed under police surveillance. Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced the release of its latest virtual reality headset, Quest 3, which comes with new features and software.
September’s story in the financial markets remains consistent with high yields and oil prices negatively impacting stocks. However, a potential U.S. government shutdown adds a new twist, making it difficult for stocks to gain confidence. Rising Treasury yields, especially those of the 10-year and 2-year Treasuries, could trigger recession fears as borrowing costs increase. In addition to rising yields, surging oil prices may lead to reduced consumer and corporate spending as it affects various components of the economy. Furthermore, a government shutdown would cause delays in economic data, posing challenges for the data-dependent Federal Reserve. Such uncertainties could negatively impact market confidence and potentially lead to credit rating downgrades.
Overall, September is expected to remain a challenging and uncertain month for financial markets, with messy conditions likely to persist.