Global equities ripping higher

Ms. Yellen’s message came as a relief to equity investors, as stocks’ rise to historic highs has been helped by cheap money. The Bank of Korea raised its 2017 growth forecast Thursday but left rates unchanged as expected—signaling it is in no rush to change its stance despite an improved outlook—after the Bank of Canada raised rates overnight.

At the midday break in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index was up 1.1% at a two-year intraday high. Korea’s Kospi was up 1.1% after the rate decision. Samsung Electronics ,which dominates the index, was recently 1.8% higher.

Ms. Yellen’s comments sent the U.S. dollar weaker overnight, and while it recovered some early in Asian trade, the declines resumed in the late morning. The WSJ Dollar Index, which tracks the U.S. dollar against 16 other currencies, was down 0.2% at 87.86, moving below its New York close, which was the fourth-lowest of the year.

“The big headline risk is U.S. inflation data and you are seeing a bit of positioning” for a weaker dollar, said Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia at forex broker Oanda.




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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