US Equities on a tear

A fifth consecutive record close on Wall Street helped fuel further gains for Asian stocks Wednesday, with bullish sentiment boosted by strong results from Apple and benign world economic data.

Traders took heart from the iPhone maker’s stronger-than-expected results for the past quarter as well as accelerating eurozone growth and upbeat Chinese manufacturing figures.

Higher revenues and profits at Apple helped trigger fresh buying in Tokyo as a range of Japanese companies supply components for the California-based company’s smartphone and other devices.

The Nikkei was up 0.4 percent by the break, while Shanghai — which closed Tuesday at a record 2017 high — edged ahead while Hong Kong also gained in morning trade.

Sydney stocks were a rare negative in the region after commodity prices fell.

“Equities… continue to flourish as earning reports drive stocks to new highs,” said Stephen Innes, who heads Asia-Pacific trading at Oanda

“The Dow reached a new-all time high for a fifth consecutive session, nibbling at the key 22k mark.”


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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