European markets open marginally higher; UK awaits another financial statement

UK government bond yields fall before the financial statement

Yields on long-term British government bonds, otherwise known as government bonds, fell ahead of new Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt’s financial statement expected later today.

The 10-year Treasury yield was down 19 basis points to trade around 4.129%.

The yield on 20-year Treasuries fell by about 15 basis points when the market opened, while the yields on index-linked gold bonds for 30 years were down about 17 basis points.

Yields on 5-year and 2-year Treasuries also fell on Monday.

– Hannah Ward Glinton

The British pound rose after political setbacks

The British pound rose on Monday morning in Asia after further policy reversals by the British government late last week. The pound was last up 0.56% to $1.1233.

CNBC Pro: About to retire? How to customize your portfolio now, according to the professionals

Despite the volatility in the markets, asset managers say it’s important to keep investing if you’re about to retire.

But how should one allocate the funds, given the unstable markets, the shorter investment horizon, and the need to have some cash for retirees?

CNBC Pro asks experts for their opinions.

Professional subscribers can read more here.

– Weezin Tan

China’s central bank leaves medium-term interest rates unchanged

The People’s Bank of China has rolled over its Medium Term Lending Facility (MLF) loans and kept the interest rate unchanged at 2.75%, according to a statement on its website.

The central bank announced that it would keep the interest rate unchanged for a year for the second month and inject 500 billion yuan ($70 billion) through the multilateral fund.

A Reuters poll predicted no change in the fund’s rate and a partial extension of loans from the central bank.

– Jie Lee

CNBC Pro: As market volatility continues, Wall Street analysts say sell these stocks

Stocks around the world have taken a hit this year, and major indices remain deep in negative territory.

As investors weigh whether to sell or continue to invest, CNBC Pro examined nearly 1,500 large and mid-size global stocks and found a number of top companies with sell- or under-weight ratings.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

– Ganesh Rao

European markets: here are the opening calls

European markets are heading to a lower open on Monday as investors survey the deteriorating economic outlook.

The UK’s FTSE is expected to open 31 points lower at 6,819, the German DAX down 60 points at 12,377, and the French CAC down 29 points at 5,902, according to data from IG.

The lower opening in Europe comes amid a growing global sense of pessimism. Stocks in the Asia-Pacific region fell on Monday as recession fears weighed on sentiment.

Meanwhile, US stock futures rose early Monday, as investors were waiting for big earnings reports from Bank of America on Monday, while Goldman Sachs will release the numbers on Tuesday morning.

Last week, a hotter than expected inflation reading sent prices swinging in the markets as investors readjusted their expectations regarding the upcoming US Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

On the data front in Europe, the final inflation reading data for Italy is due in September.

– Holly Eliat

CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson notes major earnings risks — and mentions stocks to avoid

The US equity team at Morgan Stanley, led by Michelle Weaver and Mike Wilson, says there is a major risk to earnings on the horizon.

The investment bank has named several stocks that it believes will be the most affected in the next three to six months, and which could see their share prices plummet in the same period.

Professional subscribers can read more here.

– Xavier Ong

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