The U.S. technology selloff is set to continue on Tuesday, with
futures down more than 1%, as European and Asian technology stocks also felt the pressure from rising U.S. inflation concerns.
In Asia, Tokyo’s
fell 3.08%, while Hong Kong’s
slipped 2.03%. The
was 0.4% higher. The
in London dropped 2.1%, as the
in Paris declined 1.9% and Franfkurt’s
dipped 2.1%. The U.S. premarket looked set for a weak open, with Dow industrials futures pointing down around 130 points after the index fell 34 points to close at 34,742 on Monday.
Every constituent of the three major stock market indexes in London, Paris, and Frankfurt was in the red in early trading, with the pan-European
slipping 2% down from fresh highs reached on Monday. Stocks in Asia—particularly Asian tech stocks—also took cues from Wall Street to move lower. The Nasdaq fell 2.55%, ahead of the
on Monday, as tech stocks fell under pressure.
“Once again it has been concern about inflation that appears to be weighing on broader market sentiment, with commodity prices once again the major culprit, ahead of U.S. CPI numbers that are due out later this week,” said Michael Hewson, an analyst at CMC Markets.
Investors will be closely watching the headline U.S. inflation figure—the Consumer Price Index, or CPI—when it is released on Wednesday. Hewson expects to see “a big rise” in this key measure.
“Some days investors appear relaxed about inflation risks and the possibility of central banks having to lift rates and withdraw stimulus. Today is not one of those days,” said Russ Mould, an analyst at AJ Bell.
“The valuations of the tech-based growth companies in the U.S. are harder to justify in an inflationary and rising interest rate environment—where lower risk assets typically offer higher returns—hence the big fall in the Nasdaq yesterday,” Mould added.
European and Asian technology stocks have been battered like their U.S. peers. Shares fell in Dutch semiconductor group
German software giant
British high-tech grocer and robotics logistics specialist
as well as Chinese internet giants
There was also particular weakness in companies exposed to commodity prices—especially miners and major oil companies. London-listed miners
were all lower, alongside European-listed oil groups
Shares in the world’s largest steel producer, Luxembourgish
were another major faller.
Travel stocks were also a casualty, with airlines
taking a nosedive, alongside hotel giants
On the U.S. economic front, investors can expect the small-business index for April and job openings for March alongside a raft of speeches from the heads of the Federal Reserves in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis, as well as a speech from Fed governor
Key corporate earnings in the spotlight include