BOJ Yield Pivot Rips Across Global Stocks, Bonds: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Treasury yields rose and US equity futures seesawed in choppy trade after a sudden hawkish move from the Bank of Japan sent the yen soaring and raised expectations it would join its peers elsewhere in raising interest rates.

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Stock futures on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq steadied from big early falls, as investors’ attention turned to this week’s housing and jobs data that could confirm the US economy is losing steam, potentially allowing the Federal Reserve leeway in its rate-rise campaign. European shares also pared some of their early falls, lifted by gains on bank stocks.

Bond yields meanwhile remained elevated, with the 10-year Treasury yield up 6 basis points and bonds from Australia to Germany also selling off. Analysts reckon more losses lie ahead as Japanese investors, major players in US and European debt, have more incentive now to bring money home.

Many economists now expect the BOJ to raise interest rates next year, joining the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and others after a decade of extraordinary stimulus.

“Tighter BoJ policy would remove one of the last global anchors that’s helped to keep borrowing costs at low levels more broadly,” Deutsche Bank analysts told clients, noting the BOJ move had come as markets were “already reeling” from the ECB and Fed’s hawkishness last week.

The yen strengthened more than 3% against the dollar to the highest since August, while Japan’s 10-year yield rose the most since 2003.

Until now, the BOJ has been an outlier among central banks, most of which have rapidly tightened policy. The Japanese monetary authority adjusted its yield curve control program to allow 10-year borrowing costs to rise to around 0.5%, versus the previous 0.25% upper limit, bucking forecasts for no change at its policy meeting.

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