GLOBAL MARKETS-Earnings help stocks but dollar bulls show nerves

By Tom Westbrook

SINGAPORE, April 28 (Reuters)Share markets steadied on Thursday, using consolation in technologies earnings, although an power disaster in Europe and China’s prolonged lockdowns kept the mood cautious and have propelled the dollar close to 20-yr highs as investors find out basic safety and produce.

Nasdaq 100 futures NQc1 were up 1% in the Asia session and S&P 500 futures ESc1 rose .7% right after Facebook operator Meta FB.O conquer Wall Avenue earnings forecasts and mentioned it experienced eked out user progress, sending its shares up just about 20% just after hours.

A rally in Microsoft MSFT.O shares right away also served Wall Avenue indexes to a regular near. .N

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose .5%, led by a 1% bounce in Australian stocks .AXJO from Wednesday’s just one-thirty day period trough. .AX

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose .6%. .T

“The real issue is, whether or not this really matters for a tough turnaround in if not fraught world-wide instances,” stated Vishnu Varathan, head of economics at Mizuho Lender in Singapore.

“Volatility is still substantial .. .even if not outright concern, the trepidation is challenging to skip with on-going uncertainty from the war in Ukraine, which proceeds to threaten with more popular economic ache.”

The most new stress place has been Russia’s halt on gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland on Wednesday, which despatched tremors by European electricity markets and whacked the euro.

Benchmark European gasoline prices TRNLTTFMc1 jumped 10% overnight even though the euro EUR=EBS hit a 5-yr small of $1.0514 and is headed for its worst month since early 2015.

The currency is now perilously shut to substantial chart help degrees stretching from $1.0500 down to a trough from 2017 at $1.0344. A crack would take it to depths not observed due to the fact 2002 and risk a harming decline underneath parity. FRX/

The drop has sent the U.S. dollar index =USD to a five-year superior of 103.28 and a more force earlier mentioned 103.82 would see it to ranges not visited considering that late 2002.

“With Covid lockdown fears in China exaggerating upside pitfalls for the greenback we recognise the likelihood of a stronger-for-extended greenback,” mentioned Rabobank Fx strategist Jane Foley, adding the financial institution was revising its forecast for a euro rebound.

U.S. development info is due afterwards on Thursday and could pause the dollar’s progress, in particular considering the fact that right away info showed a blowout in the U.S. trade deficit and prompted forecast downgrades.

In other places the Japanese yen JPY=EBS was less than force at 128.71 forward of the Lender of Japan’s plan assembly, also on Thursday, wherever concentration will be on any type of response to the yen’s current slide.

Oil inched decreased and Brent crude futures LCOc1 were very last down .4% to $104.95 a barrel on problem about Chinese desire as rising coronavirus situations counsel extended lockdowns. O/R

Palm oil FCPOc3 was supported by big producer Indonesia on Wednesday widening its export ban.

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(Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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