Fixed Income Market Overview

The European Central Bank (ECB) opted to keep interest rates unchanged for the fifth consecutive meeting while hinting at an imminent rate cut, citing growing confidence in inflation convergence and the effectiveness of monetary policy. ECB President Christine Lagarde emphasized the significance of this indication during a press conference, signaling a departure from  revious communicated strategies. Anticipation is high for rate reductions in June, driven by subdued inflation and wage negotiation outcomes. Market sentiment favors a 25-basis point cut, contingent on disinflation trends and global economic developments, particularly in the United States.

In contrast, U.S. Treasury yields remained steady as investors scrutinized inflation data to assess the Federal Reserve’s potential timeline for rate adjustments. Despite a softer-than-expected  March producer price index, concerns persist regarding the Fed’s stance on inflationary pressures, especially in light of recent consumer inflation upticks. The divergent reports highlight the  intricacies of interpreting inflation data, influencing market outlooks on the timing of rate changes. Previously, market sentiment favored June for rate cuts, but recent developments have shifted
expectations towards September, underlining ongoing uncertainty surrounding inflation dynamics and monetary policy decisions.

icon-oneThe ‘supercore’ inflation measure shows Fed may have areal problem on its hands.
icon-twoU.S. crude oil cracks $85 to hit highest level since October as geopolitical tensions mount.
icon-threeFTSE 100 edges lower as financials drag.
icon-fourAsia markets largely fall as U.S. inflation stokes higher-forlonger rate worries; China CPI slows.
icon-fiveChina will remain the world’s No. 1 growth driver, says the Asian Development Bank.


Major Indicies

Symbol Price Change %Change
DJIA 38,459.08 -2.43 -0.01%↓
NASDAQ 18,307.98 296.33 1.65%↑
SNP 500 5,199.06 38.42 0.74%↑
NIKKEI 39,442.63 -139.18 -0.35%↓
VIX 14.91 -0.89 -5.63%↓
HIS 17,095.03 -44.14 -0.26%↓


Name Yeild CHG
US 10-YR 4.60% 0.04
US 30-YR 4.68% 0.05
US 5-YR 4.64% 0.03
JPN 10-YR 0.86% 0.06
UK 10-YR 4.20% 0.05

Futures & Commodities

Name Last Change %Change
WTI CRUDE 85.02 -1.19 -1.38%↓
NAT GAS 1.764 -0.121 -6.42%↓
GOLD 2,372.70 24.30 1.03%↑
SILVER 28.25 0.20 0.71%↑
COPPER 4.253 -0.029 -0.68%↓
Data and Content as of Previous Closing Day. Source: MarketWatch


Equity Market Overview


CarMax (NYSE:KMX) fell short of analyst expectations in Q1 CY2024, with revenue decreasing 1.7% year-on-year to $5.63 billion, accompanied by a decline in GAAP profit to $0.32 per share from $0.44 per share the previous year. Despite a rise in Free Cash Flow to $199.8 million from -$482 million, same-store sales dropped by 2% year-on-year. With a focus on customer service and  a vast selection, CarMax remains the largest automotive retailer in the U.S. Despite past growth, recent performance, including missed revenue targets and declining same-store sales, suggests  challenges ahead for the company’s strategic direction and investment decisions.

Paramount Global

Paramount Global (PARA) saw a 4% decline in its shares on Wednesday following reports of four board members’ impending resignations. Dawn Ostroff, Nicole Seligman, Frederick Terrell, and  Rob Klieger are expected to step down amid ongoing merger talks with Skydance Media and criticism from investors regarding a rejected offer from Apollo Management Group. The news of the  board reshuffle came after Matrix Asset Advisors voiced concerns over the potential Skydance deal, leading to a year-to-date share value loss of approximately 27%.

Latest Update: Apr 12, 2024