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Stocks remained volatile in light summer trading, as investors absorbed inflation data and the first major second-quarter corporate earnings reports. On Thursday morning, the S&P 500 Index touched its lowest intraday level since June 22 but rallied sharply to end the week. Technology stocks were among the best performers in the index, helped by solid gains in Apple. The question now is has the FED reached peak hawkishness & how will earnings hold up given high inflation over the past quarter.
Down under the indexes broke a 4 week winning streak to end down between 1 to 2 percent, Newcastle coal futures rallied past US$400/t with ease last week as the gas-hungry Europe begins to turn back towards coal power.
Adding to the bullish momentum behind the supply tight, elevated demand narrative for coal this week:
- Germany will stop importing Russian coal from August 1 and crude oil from December 31
- Rumors about China reversing its unofficial ban on Australian coal imports due to mounting supply uncertainty, according to Reuters
Dozens of Chinese cities issued heat wave warnings this week as temperatures surged past 40 degrees, boosting power consumption and straining the power grid
Coal majors including New Hope Corporation (ASX: NHC) and Whitehaven (ASX: WHC) broke out of recent trading ranges this week.
Iron ore futures briefly dipped below US$100 a tonne. Sentiment has plummeted on global growth concerns, Chinese real estate troubles and a sharp slowdown in second quarter Chinese GDP data.
Investors globally seem to be weighing up the many paths toward deeper recession or recovery.
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