Asian equities mixed
Refreshingly, Asian stock markets have not blindly followed the US markets’ retreat overnight. Across the Asia Pacific, it is a mixed bag this morning, with no unifying directional factors emerging from the press wires.
US markets fell late in the session after US Consumer Confidence underperformed. That was likely the excuse US markets needed to book some profits before the FOMC decision after a series of strong rallies in the previous sessions. The S&P 500 fell 0.65%, the Nasdaq fell 1.27% ahead of big Thursday’s tech results, and the Dow Jones eased 0.77% lower.
The Nikkei 225 has fallen by 0.73% this morning, contrasting with a 0.35% gain by the Kospi. Mainland China is also ignoring Wall Street, with the Shanghai Composite rising 1.30%, and CSI 300 jumping 1.70%. Hong Kong has also chiseled out a 0.30% gain despite the escalating movement restrictions as Covid-19 re-emerges in the SAR.
Across regional Asia, Singapore is 0.25% lower, while Kuala Lumpur has risen 0.30% with Jakarta flat thus far. Australia is having a moderate session with the AX 200 and All Ordinaries down just 0.25%.
Clues to the next big move in stocks may come from the Nasdaq, especially with Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook reporting on Thursday. The Nasdaq has carved a perfect double top on the daily charts at 11071. If big tech outperforms, but this resistance zone remains intact, it could signal that momentum is finally ebbing from world’s greatest FOMO trade. Technical support lies at around 10,300. A daily close below that level indicates a deeper correction to approximately 9,700 could occur.
Overall, most of Asia seems content to move into wait-and-see mode after substantial gains in recent days. With an FOMC rate decision and big-tech reporting on Thursday, pausing for breath makes eminent sense.
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