US indices plummeted yesterday as risks to the global growth mount. S&P 500 dropped 2.81%, Dow Jones moved 2.38% lower and Nasdaq slumped almost 4%

Trading in Asia was mixed today. Nikkei and Kospi dropped around 1.3% while S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.9%. On the other hand, indices from China traded higher

DAX futures point to a more or less flat opening of the European cash session

Chinese authorities said that restrictions in Shanghai will be eased for districts without virus community spread and some limited movement will be allowed between those districts

Russia informed Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria that it will cut them off natural gas supply today as those countries refused to switch to rouble payments

Deutsche Bank expects Fed to hike rates to 5-6% range. Bank expects this to push US economy into a significant recession in late-2023

Alphabet (GOOGL.US) reported Q1 revenue at $56.02 billion (exp. $56.1 billion) and EPS at $24.62 (exp. $25.74). Disappointing earnings can be reasoned with poor performance of YouTube – YouTube ad revenue reached $6.87 billion while market expected $7.51 billion. Shares dropped 2.5% in after-hours trading

Microsoft (MSFT.US) reported Q1 revenue at $49.36 billion (exp. $49.05 billion) and EPS at $2.22 (exp. $2.19). Company issued an upbeat revenue guidance for the current quarter that also turned out to be higher than expected. Microsoft expects calendar Q2 2022 revenue at $52.4-53.2 billion. Shares gained 4.5% in the after-hours trading

Australian CPI inflation jumped 5.1% YoY in Q1 2022 (exp. 4.6% YoY)

Chinese industrial profits were 8.5% year-to-date higher after March

API report on oil inventories pointed to a 4.78 million barrel build (exp. +2 mb)

Cryptocurrencies are trading mostly higher. Bitcoin gains 0.4% while Ethereum advances 0.5%

Oil trades more or less flat this morning

Precious metals advance slightly. Gold is an exception as it drops 0.3%

AUD and NZD are the best performing major currencies while JPY and CHF lag the most

European natural gas prices spiked yesterday on the news that Russia will cut 3 European countries off its natural gas amid failure to settle payments in rubles. However, US prices (NATGAS) have been experiencing rather limited moves. So far there are no indications that Russia has actually stopped natural gas supply. Nevertheless, it could happen later into the day and natural gas is a market to watch in a day ahead