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U.S Stock Futures: Price of Crude Oil Falls as EU Limits Importation of Russian Oil

In response to European Union leaders’ commitment to limit Russian oil imports to raise petroleum prices, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped by 0.7 percent on Tuesday. The price of crude oil fell due to a sharp drop in U.S. stock futures. This month’s S&P 500 gain of 0.6 percent was offset by the closure of U.S. markets on Memorial Day.

Contracts for the Nasdaq-100 fell by 0.4%. An oil embargo on Russia was imposed by EU leaders for the first time the day before, and it immediately led to a spike in crude prices worldwide. One-third of the EU’s oil comes from Russian pipelines; hence the embargo would exclude Russian oil.

West Texas Intermediate, which had been stopped earlier, gained 3% to $118.51 on Monday, catching up with Brent futures. On Monday, the effect of the global economy was a primary concern for traders. A wide variety of results and economic data released by firms such as Snap and Target sent U.S. equities down at the start of the month, while global markets remained volatile. Snap and Target’s earnings warnings have heightened fears about the long-term effect of inflation, which has sparked a sell-off of shares in various industries.

S&P 500 seemed to be on course for a bear market by mid-May, which happens when the benchmark index drops 20% or more from its recent top. However, late in the month, the S&P 500 recouped some of the losses it had taken earlier in the month. 

Professional and private investors have poured money into the current upswing in the US stock market, buying low-priced equities. Many investors, even though they know that the problems that caused equities to fall earlier this month have yet to be fixed, are still seeking chances to purchase them.”

Because the Federal Reserve aims to increase interest rates swiftly, investors are concerned that this may trigger an economic crisis in the United States. Investors are concerned about the slowing in China’s economy, as well as supply-chain disruptions caused by the Ebola virus and the conflict in Ukraine. In light of this uncertainty, investors have been wary about the current market surge. 

Even in an environment where inflation is still a concern, Brooks Macdonald Chief Investment Officer Edward Park believes the economy cannot maintain its current pace indefinitely. On Tuesday, Vice President Biden will meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at the White House. So, investors are eagerly awaiting Tuesday’s consumer confidence data to understand better how the US economy is doing.

New York’s premarket trade saw declines in retail, tourism, and home building companies. Other firms, such as Exxon Mobil, Diamondback Energy, and Halliburton, also saw their stock prices rise due to the rise in oil prices. Pre-market, Unilever’s US-listed shares rose 5.9 percent on the announcement that activist investor Nelson Peltz will join the board and that his fund now has a 1.5 percent interest. 

After falling from a 2022 high of more than 3.1 percent, the 10-year Treasury note yield increased to 2.817 percent on Friday from 2.748 percent. Inflationary pressures have pushed bond yields and prices in opposing directions.

The world’s stock markets were split. The Stoxx Europe 600 is losing a four-day winning run after eurozone inflation rose quicker than predicted and touched a record. During May, consumer prices grew by 8.1%, bringing the inflation rate to a new record high of 7.4%. The inflation data is expected to impact future interest-rate decisions by the ECB. 

ECB President Christine Lagarde said earlier this month that the central bank might raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time in 11 years in July. As the European session started, banks, travel businesses, and shops fell. Companies that expect to benefit from increased oil prices, such as Norway’s Equinor, Spain’s Repsol, and London-listed Shell, were up.

As a result of the lifting of the two-month limitation on Covid-19 transmission, Shanghai’s Composite Index rose by 1.2 percent on Wednesday. The stoppage, which hindered Covid-19 transmissions and clogged supply chains, impeded the flow of products by hurting China’s economy and adding to global inflation. Hang Seng in Hong Kong surged 1.4 percent, while the Nikkei 225 index in Japan was down 0.3%.

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