Asian Shares Slide on OPEC Skepticism

The oil gloom hit Asia’s biggest energy stocks. In Australia, Woodside Petroleum was down 2.5% and BHP Billiton, whose second-biggest division is petroleum, was down 2.3%. Japanese oil explorer Inpex was down 1.7% and in Hong Kong, Chinese oil major Cnooc fell 1.4%.

The drop in oil prices is hitting U.S. inflation expectations, which has pulled down U.S. Treasury yields, which has finally knocked back a lengthy dollar rally.

The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasurys was last at 2.330%, down from 2.359% on Friday, according to Thomson Reuters.

Asian currencies were broadly up Monday. The Korean won gained 0.4% and the Singapore dollar rose by 0.5%.

The Japanese yen was the biggest gainer in Asia on Monday, rising 1.3%, partly as traders sought the safety of the yen on the view OPEC’s production deal was unraveling.

“Guys are very very nervous about the oil scenario and you see that expressed in the sensitive pair,” said Oanda senior foreign-exchange trader Stephen Innes, referring to the U.S. dollar and the yen.


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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes
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