Asian Stocks Recover From Selloff; Dollar Rebounds: Markets Wrap
Asian equities kicked off February with a recovery from a three day sell-off, as investors decided the outlook for growth and corporate earnings was strong enough to quell concerns about the recent jump up in bond yields. The dollar strengthened against most major currencies.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose following a late rally in U.S. equities that saw the S&P 500 Index end January with the best start to a year for the U.S. benchmark since 1997. Japanese equities outperformed. Indias benchmark Sensex Index dropped, as did the rupee, on news that its government is proposing a long-term capital gains tax on investments in equities. Chinas domestic stocks also tumbled, heading for the worst week since 2016.
Ten-year Treasury yields remained near the highest since 2014 after Federal Reserve officials set the stage for a March interest-rate increase by adding emphasis to their plan for more hikes. German Bund yields also ticked higher.
Investors are weighing the path of U.S. monetary policy at a time of synchronized global growth and a strong expansion in corporate profits thats helped push global equities to record highs this year and sent government bond yields surging. The changes to the Fed statement acknowledged stronger growth and more confidence that inflation will rise to the 2 percent target.
Elsewhere, oil edged higher after recent declines even as production surged above 10 million barrels a day for the first time in four decades. Gold drifted and Bitcoin traded around $10,000.
Here are some important things to watch out for this week:
U.S. employers probably added more jobs in January than a month earlier, economists forecast before the Friday report. Technology earnings continue with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.These are the main moves in markets:
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 0.3 percent as of 4:21 p.m. Tokyo time. Japans Topix index increased 1.8 percent. Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index fell 0.4 percent. Kospi index rose 0.1 percent. Australias S&P/ASX 200 Index increased 0.9 percent. Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.3 percent.
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.2 percent. The Japanese yen fell 0.3 percent to 109.56 per dollar. The euro fell 0.2 percent to $1.2393.
BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points to 2.73 percent. Japans 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.098 percent.
West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.1 percent to $64.78 a barrel. Gold fell 0.4 percent to $1,340.41 an ounce. LME copper fell 0.5 percent to $7,081.50 per metric ton.Rašyti komentarą