- China retail sales dive 11.1%, output drops 2.9%
- Nikkei pares gains, S&P 500 futures turn lower
- Dollar holds near 20-year highs, yen gets safety bid
- Oil down over $2 a barrel on demand worry
Asian share markets stumbled on Monday and oil prices slid after shockingly weak data from China underlined the deep damage lockdowns are doing to the world's second-largest economy.
China's April retail sales plunged 11.1% on the year, almost twice the fall forecast, while industrial output dropped 2.9% when analysts had looked for a slight increase.
"The data paint a picture of a stalling economy and one in need of more aggressive stimulus and a rapid easing of COVID restrictions, neither of which are likely to be forthcoming anytime soon," said Mitul Kotecha, head of emerging markets strategy at TD Securities.
"China's weaker growth trajectory will add to pressure on its markets and fuel a further worsening in global economic prospects, weighing on risk assets. We expect further CNY depreciation."
In Europe, EUROSTOXX 50 STXEc1 and FTSE FFIc1 futures both eased 0.3%. S&P 500 stock futures ESc1 lost early gains to drop 0.6%, while Nasdaq futures NQc1 fell 0.5%. Both are far from last year's highs, with the S&P having fallen for six straight weeks. .N
China's central bank had also disappointed those hoping for a rate easing, though on Sunday Beijing did allow a further cut in mortgage loan interest rates for some home buyers.
Monday's data overshadowed news that Shanghai aimed to reopen broadly and allow normal life to resume from June 1.
Chinese blue chips .CSI300 shed 0.8% in reaction, while commodity currencies took a knock led by the Australian dollar which is often used as a liquid proxy for the yuan.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS lost early gains to stand flat, following a slide of 2.7% last week, when it hit a two-year low.
Japan's Nikkei .N225 clung to gains of 0.5%, having lost 2.1% last week even as a weak yen offered some support to exporters.
Sky-high inflation and rising interest rates drove US consumer confidence sink to an 11-year low in early May and raised the stakes for April retail sales due on Tuesday.
A hyper-hawkish Federal Reserve has driven a sharp tightening in financial conditions, which led Goldman Sachs to cut its 2022 GDP growth forecast to 2.4%, from 2.6%. Growth in 2023 is now seen at 1.6% on an annual basis, down from 2.2%.
"Our financial conditions index has tightened by over 100 basis points, which should create a drag on GDP growth of about 1pp," said Goldman Sachs economist Jan Hatzius.
"We expect that the recent tightening in financial conditions will persist, in part because we think the Fed will deliver on what is priced."
Futures 0#FF: imply 50 basis-point hikes in both June and July and rates between 2.5-3.0% by year end, from the current 0.75-1.0%. FEDWATCH
Fears that the tightening will lead to recession spurred a rally in bonds last week, which saw 10-year yields US10YT=RR drop 21 basis points from peaks of 3.20%. Early Monday, yields were easing again to reach 2.91%.
The pullback saw the dollar come off a two-decade top, though not by much. The dollar index =USD was last at 104.560, and within spitting distance of the 105.010 peak.
The euro stood at $1.0403 EUR=, having got as low as $1.0348 last week. The dollar did lose ground on the yen, which seemed to get a safe-haven bid in the wake of the China data, slipping to 129.02 yen JPY=EBS.
In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin BTC= was last up 2% at $30,354, having touched its lowest since December 2020 last week following the collapse of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin.
In commodity markets, gold was pressured by high yields and a strong dollar and was last at $1,809 an ounce XAU= having shed 3.8% last week. GOL/
Oil prices reversed course as the dire Chinese data rekindled worries about demand. O/R
Brent LCOc1 lost $2.31 to $109.24, while US crude CLc1 shed $2.14 to $108.35. O/R