Oil soars above $120, Stocks sink as Russia-Ukraine war rages, Bed Bath & Beyond jumps

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Bed Bath & Beyond stock soars

Ryan Cohen, Chairman of GameStop and Founder of Chewy.com, took a nearly 10% stake in the home good retailer, per an SEC Filing to push a turnaround via his RC Ventures.

The company’s response:

“Bed Bath & Beyond’s Board and management team maintain a consistent dialogue with our shareholders and, while we have had no prior contact with RC Ventures, we will carefully review their letter and hope to engage constructively around the ideas they have put forth.”

“Our Board is committed to acting in the best interests of our shareholders and regularly reviews all paths to create shareholder value. 2021 marked the first year of execution of our bold, multi-year transformation plan, which we believe will create significant long-term shareholder value.”

US stocks tumble as oil reaches 2008-high levels

US stock futures tumbled overnight as US oil prices rose to their highest levels since 2008 and Russia declared a ceasefire so major Ukrainian cities could be evacuated.

The price of oil jumped more than $12 a barrel and shares were sharply lower Monday as calls mounted for harsher sanctions against Russia.Brent crude surged more than 10%, while benchmark US crude was up $10 at more than $125 a barrel.

Stock futures in the US and Europe also dropped. The price of gold, which is viewed as an investor safe haven in times of crisis, jumped $26 an ounce to $1,992.90.The latest market turmoil followed a warning from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Ukrainian statehood was imperiled as Russian forces battered strategic locations.

A temporary cease-fire in two Ukrainian cities failed over the weekend — and both sides blamed the other. A new ceasefire was slated to begin at 10 am Moscow time.

Cryptocurrency market lower as Russian-Ukraine fighting intensifies

Cryptocurrencies were intensified lower early Monday morning as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bitcoin was trading around $38,335, down 2.09%, while rivals Ethereum and Dogecoin were trading at approximately $2,540 (-3.40%) and 12 cents (- 2.55%), respectively, Coindesk reported.

Late last week, Bitcoin was trading above $41,000 per coin until a three-day winning streak was snapped Friday.

Overall, Bitcoin is down 9% for the year.

Dollar broadly firmer, euro extends slide early Monday

The euro extended its slide early Monday, hitting parity against the safe haven Swiss franc, and commodities of all stripes were on the rise as the Russian-Ukraine conflict showed no sign of cooling.

Meanwhile, the dollar was broadly firmer, supported in part by a strong payrolls report.”Given the potential for stagflation is very real, the ECB is likely to maintain maximum flexibility with its asset purchase program at 20 billion euros through Q2 and potentially beyond, thus effectively pushing out the timing of rate hikes,” said Tapas Strickland, an economist at NAB.

“Higher CPI forecasts, though, mean rate hikes will be needed on the horizon.”The near-term prospect of a more dovish ECB combined with safe-haven flows to drive German 10-year bond yields down a huge 32 basis points last week . US 10-year yields were down at 1.69%, having already dropped 23 basis points last week.

Fed fund futures were also gaining as the market priced in a slower pace of rate rises from the Federal Reserve this year, though a March hike is still seen as a done deal.

Gold futures climb 4% for week

Gold futures climbed Sunday, posting a weekly gain of more than 4%. Anxieties grew after the latest Russian assault in Ukraine saw it take over Ukraine’s largest nuclear power facility following shelling that started a fire at the plant.

April gold climbed 1.6%, to settle at $1,966.60 an ounce. The precious metal saw a weekly rise of 4.2%, which was the largest weekly rise for a most-active contract since July 2020, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

Gold futures climbed, posting a weekly gain of more than 4% as anxieties arose over Russian action in Ukraine.”Gold is clearly elevated and headline sensitive now and [in the] foreseeable weeks,” said Jeff Wright, chief investment officer at Wolfpack Capital. Prices “could quickly accelerate above $2,000 or fall sharply – if there was some substantive settlement” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which is becoming less likely by each passing day, he said.

Precious metal prices are likely to find support amid macroeconomic headwinds due to a “deteriorating growth [and] inflation mix in developed markets,” Goldman Sachs says. These are the most important drivers of gold and silver prices, the investment bank says.

Shell promises profits from trading Russian oil will go to charity

Shell PLC said it would donate profits from purchases of Russian oil to efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, after an outcry over the company’s bid for a cargo of Russian crude.

The London-listed energy company said it would choose alternatives to Russian oil where possible but that it couldn’t stop buying the oil overnight because Russia contributes such a big chunk of global supplies. Shell said its refiners require some Russian oil to keep producing gasoline and diesel.

“Without an uninterrupted supply of crude oil to refineries, the energy industry cannot assure continued provision of essential products to people across Europe over the weeks ahead,” Shell said. “Cargoes from alternative sources would not have arrived in time to avoid disruptions to market supply.”

Shell issued the weekend statement after buying 100,000 metric tons of Russia’s Urals crude at a bargain price on Friday, paying $28.50 a barrel less than benchmark crude prices, the Journal reported citing people familiar with the transaction, the biggest discount on record.

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