U.S. equity-index futures gained on Wednesday along with stocks in Europe as traders assessed the latest news on the omicron variant and the Federal Reserve’s signals of stepped-up efforts to curb elevated inflation. Bonds declined.
Fresh concerns about the efficacy of existing vaccines against the omicron coronavirus strain pushed markets back into risk-off mode on Tuesday, with stocks in Europe dropping alongside U.S. equity futures. Bonds gained as investors sought havens.
Stocks rose along with U.S. equity futures Friday, bringing some relief for shares from the inflation fears still roiling Treasuries.
MSCI Inc.’s Asia-Pacific gauge posted its biggest rise this week, helped by Japan’s bourse and China’s technology stocks. The view that the worst of Beijing’s regulatory blitz has passed salved sentiment. U.S. and European contracts climbed after the S&P 500 snapped a two-day fall.
Oil prices were steady on Thursday after falling in the previous session on concerns rising inflation in the United States, spurred by climbing energy costs, may prompt the government to release more strategic crude stockpiles to drive down prices.