Oil prices rise as lifting of Chinese Covid lockdown boosts demand outlook
Oil prices climbed on Monday as the Chinese megacity Chengdu exits a two-week lockdown.
Both oil benchmarks rose more than 1% earlier in the session, with Brent crude futures last up 0.66% at $91.95 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate rose 0.56% to $85.59 a barrel.
The increase in the demand outlook offsets fears that potential interest rate hikes later this week will increase recession risk.
– Lee Ying Shan
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— Zavier Ong
Chinese yuan has room to weaken further in the short term, says Goldman Sachs
There is still room for the Chinese yuan to weaken further, economists at Goldman Sachs said after both the onshore and offshore yuan fell to their lowest levels since July 2020 last week.
“We expect CNY weakness to persist in the near term, partially underpinned by broad USD strength,” strategists said in a note, adding the next key level to watch is 7.20, which was last tested in May 2020.
However, such a move would come in tandem with a “significant” strengthening of the US dollar, they said in the note, adding “the CNY is unlikely to weaken by 3% in isolation.”
– Jihye Lee
CNBC Pro: Buy these inflation-beating funds to protect your money, strategist says
As inflation remains stubbornly high, where can investors hide given that both US stocks and bonds have been volatile?
There are three types of funds that look appealing right now, according to Mark Jolley, global strategist at CCB International Securities. He named his favorites in each category.
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— Weizhen Tan