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Markets Fret Over Sanctions, Oil And Inflation

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Likelihood of further sanctions on Russia continued to influence investor sentiment. Markets also took cognizance of the tightening tone in the monetary policy stance by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The surge in oil prices also stoked fears of persistent inflation. Here is an update from markets across asset classes at this hour.

Asian stocks finished with gains. European indices are deep in the red. American stock futures indicate negative sentiment. The Dollar Index stayed firm. Bond yields surged, ahead of the release of the minutes of previous meeting by FOMC. Crude prices increased on fears of further sanctions on Russia. Gold slipped as the surge in yields dented the yellow metal's appeal. Cryptocurrencies increased close to a percent.

Stock Indexes:

DJIA (US30) at 34,828.80, down 0.43%
S&P 500 (US500) at 4,571.90 down 0.21%
Germany's DAX at 14,455.14, down 0.43%
U.K.'s FTSE 100 at 7,542.77, down 0.21%
France's CAC 40 at 6,649.54, down 1.22%
Euro Stoxx 50 at 3,925.65, down 0.64%
Japan's Nikkei 225 at 27,787.98, up 0.19%
Australia's S&P ASX 200 at 7,527.90, up 0.19%
China's Shanghai Composite at 3,282.72, up 0.94% (April, 1)
Hong Kong's Hang Seng at 22,502.31, up 2.10% (April, 4)

Currencies:

EURUSD at 1.0970, up 0.00%
GBPUSD at 1.3134 up 0.16%
USDJPY at 122.87, up 0.07%
AUDUSD at 0.7632, up 1.19%
USDCAD at 1.2458, down 0.23%
Dollar Index at 98.91, down 0.09%

Ten-Year Govt Bond Yields:

U.S. at 2.452%, up 1.67%
Germany at 0.5610%, up 8.09%
France at 1.091%, up 8.02%
U.K. at 1.6265%, up 5.07%
Japan at 0.211%, up 0.96%

Commodities:

Crude Oil WTI Futures (May) at $105.00, up 1.67%
Brent Oil Futures (June) at $109.22, up 1.57%
Gold Futures (Jun) at $1,930.40, down 0.19%

Cryptocurrencies:

Bitcoin at $46,693.55, up 1.35%
Ethereum at $3,522.32, up 1.07%
BNB at $455.16, up 2.07%
Solana at $132.46, down 2.84%
Terra at $115.91, up 2.32%

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