APAC markets trade mixed

Markets in Asia were mixed on Monday as traders watched for signals from central bankers’ speeches.

The Nikkei 225 rose 0.41 percent, while South Korea’s benchmark Kospi index reversed earlier losses to trade 0.08 percent higher.

The S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.4 percent.

Greater China markets were mixed. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index edged higher by 0.08 percent. The Shanghai Composite traded lower by 0.07 percent and the Shenzhen Composite added 0.073 percent.

Markets in Indonesia were closed for a public holiday.

The markets were keeping an eye on potential developments in central bank rhetoric, with the European Central Bank Forum currently taking place in Portugal and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen due to speak in London on Tuesday.

“Despite the plethora of central bankers on tap, it’s unlikely there will be any revelations on monetary policy forthcoming. And given the proximity to the recent Federal Open Market Committee (meeting), there will certainly be no backpedalling from Dr Yellen,” OANDA Senior trader Stephen Innes said in a Tuesday note.



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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