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Reflation Panic Sparks Global Stock Rout

Yesterday was bad, but not too bad, and we titled our morning market wrap “Futures Flat As Soaring Commodities Depress Tech Stocks.” 24 hours later it’s much worse, as the rout that hammered US tech stocks on surging inflation fears (see “This Is Not Transitory”: Hyperinflation Fears Are Soaring Across America“) has now gone global, with markets in Asia and Europe hammered and S&P futures sliding 0.8%, while Nasdaq futures tumbled by another 1.3% after Monday’s 2.6% rout. Treasuries were steady ahead of today’s 3Y auction while the dollar erased its gains and dropped to session lows.

Here are some of the notable bloodbath highlights: the Hang Seng Tech Index sank as much as 4.5%, extending its tumble from a February high to about 30%. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index fell the most since January as tech sector losses drove the gauge lower. One of the biggest winners over the past year, Cathie Wood’s Ark Innovation ETF, was down more than 3% in pre-market trading after plunging 5.2% yesterday.

“It seems to be a combination of inflation fears making a comeback and some market participants moving higher along the value spectrum, cutting their exposure to anything with a stretched valuation,” said Marios Hadjikyriacos, investment analyst at online broker XM in Cyprus.

In a late session reversal on Monday, inflation jitters drove investors away from growth stocks to cyclicals, which benefit the most as the economy reopens, resulting in the S&P 500 logging its worst day in nearly eight weeks. At 700 am ET, Dow e-minis were down 159 points, or 0.46%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 31.5 points, or 0.75%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 169.25 points, or 1.27%.

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