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Stock futures fell and bond yields rose early Wednesday as investors focused on signs of slowing economic growth, including a Bloomberg report that Apple had dropped plans to boost iPhone production.

The drop in U.S. futures suggested the S&P 500 could be on course to fall for a seventh straight session. Elsewhere, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed for a third consecutive trading session, briefly trading above 4% earlier in the morning.

Ray Remy, a bond trader and co-head of fixed income at Daiwa Capital Markets America, said the bond market has been functioning as normal, but that investors are just dumping Treasurys as the Fed officials keep promising more rate increases.

"We're all bumping heads and scratching our heads a little bit," looking for explanations for the outsize move over the last few days, he added.

Shares in Europe declined for a five-day losing streak, while major benchmarks in Asia suffered broad losses.

On the European exchanges, shares of Apple suppliers STMicroelectronics, Infineon and AMS fell on a report that said the tech giant was scrapping plans to increase production of its latest iPhones this year due to weaker-than-expected demand.

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As the dollar rises to another 20-year high against a basket of currencies and against the euro, MUFG said it may be reaching extreme levels and risks destabilizing markets further.

"If the current speed of dollar strength persists, the contagion effect destabilizing markets globally will only intensify further and heighten risks of a deeper global recession," MUFG said.

Coordinated intervention to tame dollar strength looks unlikely for now, but "we should never rule anything out."


Sterling could visit new lows ahead of speeches by some "dovish" members of the Bank of England, Mizuho said.

Huw Pill, chief economist of the BOE, has advocated "significant monetary policy response," thus speaking a "hawkish" language, but upcoming speeches by Jon Cunliffe and Swati Dhingra could tilt the tone in the "dovish" direction, Mizuho said.

"We wouldn't be surprised to see cable testing lows in anticipation of Dhingra's remarks," Mizuho said.


The yield on 10-year government bonds hit 4% for the first time in more than a decade on Wednesday, the latest leg of a historically steep rise that has jolted financial markets this year.

"It's shocking just the speed at which this has happened," Pictet Asset Management said. "But the new reality is inflation is much higher, so even at 4%, you ask yourself, is it going to be enough to bring inflation down?"

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Danske Bank said long-dated government bond yields are expected to continue rising over the next three months as high inflation figures keep ticking in, central banks tighten monetary policies further and concern about growing supply increases.

On a three-month horizon, the 10-year German Bund yield is expected to rise to 2.35%, while the 10-year Treasury yield should increase to 4.05%, Danske Bank said, adding that risks to these forecasts skew to the upside.

Danske expects bond yields to peak in 2022 and decline slightly in 2023.


Oil prices dropped in Europe, reversing Tuesday's gains, as the dollar scaled a fresh high and risk assets sold off further.

DNB Markets said the declines in global equity markets are weighing on investor sentiment, which is undermining oil prices.

The stronger dollar makes oil crude contracts more expensive for foreign buyers, pushing down on prices. Other factors weighing on the market include reports that inventories rose last week and Goldman Sachs lowering its forecast for prices next year on prospects for weaker demand.

Read: European Natural Gas Prices Jump on Fears for Ukrainian Flows


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Russian backing for an OPEC+ production cut would boost the chances that one will follow at the cartel's meeting next week.

Moscow has thrown its weight behind a 1 million barrel a day cut, Reuters reported. With an EU embargo on Russian oil set to come into force later this year, and Russia already significantly under producing its quota, Moscow "has every try to orchestra a significant output cut," DNB Markets said.

With Brent prices continuing to tumble, defying OPEC's insistence that demand remains robust, the motives for a sizable cut from the group are growing.

"Given the decline in oil prices and the deteriorating macroeconomic outlook [Russia] might succeed in its effort."


Base metals were lower in Europe, with Copper retreating for a fourth session, but losses were contained on hopes for a pickup in Chinese demand.

Norway's Norsk Hydro said it would cut aluminum production at two of its plants due in part to weaker European demand.

"The market remains concerned about the impact of rising interest rates on economic activity and thus demand," ANZ said. Still, an easing of Covid-19 restrictions in China is boosting hopes of a pickup in demands, it added.




Alzheimer's Drug Slows Disease Progression in Trial

Eisai Co. and Biogen Inc. said their experimental Alzheimer's disease drug significantly slowed progression of the memory-robbing disease in a large study, bolstering the drug's prospects for approval.

The pharmaceutical companies said their drug lecanemab reduced cognitive and functional decline by 27%, compared with a placebo, over 18 months in a Phase 3 study of 1,800 patients with early-stage Alzheimer's. The drug was also linked to higher rates of brain swelling and small bleeds, though the company said they were rarely symptomatic.


Apple won't boost production of iPhone 14 due to slower demand: report

Apple Inc. is dropping plans to boost production of its latest iPhones this year after lower-than-expected demand, according to a new report.

Bloomberg News reported Tuesday night that an expected surge in demand failed to materialize. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said suppliers have been told to pull back from efforts to ramp up assembly of about 6 million iPhone 14 units, settling on a goal of producing about 90 million iPhone 14s by the end of the year, about the same as iPhone 13 production last year, and in line with an outlook that Bloomberg reported in August. Bloomberg on Tuesday added that sources said demand for the higher-priced iPhone Pro model was stronger than for the lower-priced models.


Chinese Developer CIFI Shares Dive Amid Default Concerns

Shares of CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. fell sharply on Wednesday, following reports that an entity related to the Chinese developer had missed a debt payment.

The stock fell as much as 29% and was last down 27% at HK$0.93. That would put CIFI on track for its worst-ever one-day drop.


Wall Street to Pay $1.8 Billion in Fines Over Traders' Use of Banned Messaging Apps

WASHINGTON-Eleven of the world's largest banks and brokerages will collectively pay $1.8 billion in fines to resolve regulatory investigations over their employees' use of messaging applications that broke record-keeping rules, regulators said Tuesday.

The firms include brokerage units of Bank of America Corp., Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, UBS Group AG and Nomura Holdings Inc. Brokerage firms Jefferies LLC and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. also settled the claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.


Tyson Foods Promotes Chairman's Son to CFO Role

Tyson Foods Inc. promoted the chairman's son to be its new finance chief as the meat producer navigates higher costs for worker wages and animal feed.

The Springdale, Ark.-based company on Tuesday said it named John R. Tyson as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Oct. 2. Mr. Tyson, who currently serves as executive vice president of strategy and chief sustainability officer, is set to succeed Stewart Glendinning.


10-Year Treasury Yield Hits 4%

The yield on 10-year U.S. government bonds hit 4% for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday, the latest leg of a historically steep rise that has jolted financial markets this year.

Yields, which rise when bond prices fall, have been climbing at their fastest pace in four decades because of escalating expectations for how high the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates to tamp down the worst inflation since the 1980s.


China's Offshore Currency Hits Record Low Against Dollar

China's currency hit its weakest ever offshore trading level against the U.S. dollar, with the yuan falling below 7.2 to the dollar for the first time since a separate system for trading the currency outside mainland China was launched more than a decade ago.

The move caps a fall of about 12% for the offshore yuan against the dollar this year and comes despite repeated attempts by China's central bank to support its currency. The U.S. dollar has gained against currencies around the world amid a campaign of aggressive interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve.


Senate Advances Stopgap Funding Bill After Removing Joe Manchin's Permitting Overhaul

WASHINGTON-Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) on Tuesday threw in the towel on including his contentious proposal to speed up permitting of energy projects in a must-pass funding bill, clearing the way for the Senate to advance the legislation needed to keep the government open.

With the permitting language out, the Senate voted 72 to 23 to advance the stopgap bill, which would extend current government funding levels until Dec. 16 and prevent a partial shutdown this weekend, when the fiscal year ends. The bill now moves to final passage in the Senate and will also need approval in the House, which returns Wednesday, before heading to President Biden's desk.


Saudi Sovereign-Wealth Fund Reveals Finances for First Time Ahead of Bond Sale

DUBAI-Saudi Arabia offered a first look inside the performance of its $600 billion sovereign-wealth fund, disclosing a return that was in line with the broader market and revealing that it invested $2 billion in Russian assets before the war in Ukraine.

The Public Investment Fund has hired banks to possibly raise billions of dollars in a debut bond sale, according to a prospectus it shared with potential investors this week. The cash would be invested in renewables and other green projects, PIF said, for the first time shining a light on the finances of the once-secretive fund.


Ether Cryptocurrency Falls After 'Merge' Software Upgrade

The price of the cryptocurrency ether has fallen 19% over the past two weeks as Ethereum miners sell their holdings in the wake of a much-hyped software upgrade dubbed "the merge."

On Tuesday evening, ether's price was $1,324, a decline of less than 0.1% from Monday.


U.S. to Expand Diplomatic, Defense Footprint in the Pacific

SYDNEY-A new U.S. strategy for the Pacific will involve a bigger diplomatic and security footprint, help island nations respond to climate change and focus on economic prosperity, according to a preview released shortly before Pacific leaders planned to meet President Biden in Washington.

The two-day meeting, billed by the U.S. as a summit involving leaders and representatives from more than a dozen Pacific island nations and territories, starts Wednesday. It caps months of intense U.S. diplomacy in the region, which has emerged as a hot spot in the great-power rivalry between the U.S. and China.


Government Funding Bill Includes $35 Million to Prevent Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine

WASHINGTON-The U.S. is expected to send aid to Ukraine to respond to a nuclear disaster or prevent nuclear materials from being smuggled out of the country, according to congressional legislation and U.S. officials.

Senate Democrats inserted $35 million for special nuclear safety funding into a must-pass government funding bill, a small part of the more than $12 billion in economic and military aid for Ukraine in the legislation.


Covid Aid Left Out of Stopgap Funding Bill

WASHINGTON-Congressional Democrats opted not to include billions of dollars in new funding for Covid-19 and monkeypox in a must-pass government-funding bill, frustrating Biden administration officials who have called new funding crucial to the federal health response.

The request had faced an uphill fight in Congress, with Republicans largely opposing new money for Covid-19 on top of previous rounds of aid and questioning whether it was necessary with cases of both monkeypox and Covid-19 dropping.


China's Xi Jinping Re-Emerges in Public After Quarantine

BEIJING-Chinese leader Xi Jinping got out of quarantine and made his first public appearance since visiting Central Asia, trumpeting his governance record over the past decade as he prepares to extend his rule for a third term.

Until Tuesday, Mr. Xi hadn't appeared in public since his trip earlier this month to Central Asia, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, because he was abiding by quarantine protocols that China imposes on people returning from overseas travel, according to people familiar with the matter.


Hurricane Ian Approaches Florida, Threatens Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Hurricane Ian bore down on southwest Florida Tuesday after pummeling Cuba, with a swath of the state's Gulf Coast in harm's way, including the vulnerable Tampa Bay area.

The storm's center is forecast to approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday afternoon and into Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. Rain from the storm began drenching parts of the state Tuesday. Hurricane conditions are expected along the state's Gulf Coast by Wednesday morning.




AGF Mgmt 3Q

H2O Innovation 4Q

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MindMed Prices Public Offering of Common Shrs, Warrants; Combined Offering Price of Each Shr, Accompanying Warrant Set at $4.25; MindMed Offering 7,058,823 Shrs Together With Accompanying Warrants; Warrants Exercisable at $4.25 Per Common Shr; MindMed Expects Gross Proceeds From Offering of $30M; Offering Expected to Close on or About Sept 30; RBC Capital Markets, Cantor Acting as Lead Managers for Offering


Expected Major Events for Wednesday

05:00/JPN: Jul Indexes of Business Conditions - Revision

06:00/GER: Oct GfK consumer climate survey

06:45/FRA: Sep Consumer confidence survey

06:45/FRA: Aug Housing starts

08:00/ITA: Sep Consumer Confidence Survey

08:00/ITA: Sep Business Confidence Survey

08:30/UK: Aug Capital issuance

09:00/ITA: Jul Industrial turnover & orders

11:00/US: 09/23 MBA Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey

12:30/US: Aug Advance Economic Indicators Report

12:30/US: 2Q U.S. International Investment Position

14:00/US: Aug Pending Home Sales Index

14:00/US: Aug Metropolitan Area Employment & Unemployment

14:30/US: 09/23 EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report

23:01/UK: Aug Zoopla House Price Index

23:01/UK: Aug UK monthly automotive manufacturing figures

23:50/JPN: Sep Provisional Trade Statistics for 1st 10 days of Month

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Expected Earnings for Wednesday

AGF Management Ltd - Class B (AGF.B.T) is expected to report $0.27 for 3Q.

Cintas Corp (CTAS) is expected to report $3.15 for 1Q.

Cognyte Software Ltd (CGNT) is expected to report for 2Q.

Concentrix Corp (CNXC) is expected to report for 3Q.

Duckhorn Portfolio Inc (NAPA) is expected to report for 4Q.

Enerpac Tool Group Corp (EPAC) is expected to report for 4Q.

H2O Innovation (HEO.T) is expected to report for Full year.

Hyzon Motors Inc (HYZN) is expected to report for 2Q.

IsoRay (ISR) is expected to report $-0.02 for 4Q.

Jefferies Financial Group Inc (JEF) is expected to report $0.65 for 3Q.

MillerKnoll Inc (MLKN) is expected to report $0.28 for 1Q.

Park City Group (PCYG) is expected to report $0.05 for 4Q.

Paychex Inc (PAYX) is expected to report $0.97 for 1Q.

Raymond James Financial (RJF) is expected to report.

S&W Seed (SANW) is expected to report $-0.14 for 4Q.

Thor Industries (THO) is expected to report $3.85 for 4Q.

Vail Resorts (MTN) is expected to report $-2.95 for 4Q.

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CS Disco Cut to Hold From Buy by Loop Capital

CSX Corp Cut to Neutral From Buy by UBS

Douglas Emmett Cut to In-Line From Outperform by Evercore ISI Group

Hyatt Hotels Raised to Outperform From In-Line by Evercore ISI Group

Keurig Dr Pepper Cut to Neutral From Buy by Goldman Sachs

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Perficient Raised to Buy From Neutral by Alliance Global Partners

Prologis Raised to Outperform From In-Line by Evercore ISI Group

This article is a text version of a Wall Street Journal newsletter published earlier today.


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