Traders Hold Back Before Fed Decides on Policy: Markets Wrap
Stocks in Asia fluctuated and the dollar held above its recent lows with a highly anticipated Federal Reserve policy decision pending, and as investors girded for another round of geopolitical tensions after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea.
Equity benchmarks from Tokyo to Sydney diverged as S&P 500 Index futures were little changed after the underlying benchmark climbed for a third day. The greenback traded in a narrow range versus Group-of-10 peers and eased from a two-month high against the yen. The Mexican peso slipped after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City. Benchmark crude held below $50 a barrel and iron ore futures sunk.
Financial markets remained largely calm on Tuesday as Trumps speech to the UN did little to alter views on the tensions over North Koreas nuclear ambitions. Absent any North Korean response, attention turns to Wednesdays Fed decision, with a focus on plans to start shrinking the central banks $4.5 trillion balance sheet.
The fixing of the yuan is also back in focus as investors try to gauge where the Peoples Bank of China wants the currency, following a set of weaker-than-expected fixings last week.
Japans trade surplus in August was 113.6 billion yen ($1.02 billion) compared to an estimate of 104.4 billion yen as imports and exports had double-digit increases.
What to watch out for this week:
Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor Luci Ellis speaks in Sydney. Malaysias August consumer prices rose 3.7 percent versus an estimate of 3.4 percent. The Bank of Japan is predicted to stand pat when it reviews policy Thursday. The BOJ probably wont reveal when it will unwind stimulus, but could signal determination to keep the yield curve under control. Indonesia and the Philippines are among countries also reviewing monetary policy this week. Brexit strategy is in focus as Theresa May prepares to outline her revised approach on Friday. Campaigning continues in Germany, days before the Sept. 24 election. New Zealand goes to the polls on Sept. 23.
Here are the main moves in markets: Stocks
The Topix index gyrated and was little changed as of 2:18 p.m. Tokyo time. Australias S&P/ASX 200 and the Kospi index in Seoul lost less than 0.2 percent. The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong swung between gains and losses with the Shanghai Composite Index. Contracts on the S&P 500 Index were flat. The main gauge climbed 0.1 percent in the New York session. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index was up less than 0.1 percent. The MSCI All-Country World Index slightly extended gains at a record high.
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed. The yen added 0.1 percent to 111.46 per dollar. The pound was little more than a cent off the years high against the dollar after a report U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson may resign should Prime Minister Theresa May oppose his Brexit demands. The euro climbed to $1.2009, within a cent of the recent high. The Mexican peso was trading at 17.8172 per dollar.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed after rising more than one basis point to 2.24 percent Tuesday. Australian 10-year bond yields added about two basis points to 2.84 percent. A single buyer snapped up everything on offer at Australias bond auction on Wednesday, the third time this quarter thats happened. Read about it here.
Gold futures were slightly firmer at $1,312.56 an ounce after climbing 0.3 percent on Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude traded at $49.76 after falling 0.9 percent on Tuesday, the first retreat in more than a week. Iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange fell 1.3 percent. The benchmark spot price for ore delivered to Qingdao slumped 10 percent in the past four days, ending at $68.85 a dry metric ton on Tuesday, the lowest since July, amid concerns about rising supply. Read more here.Rašyti komentarą