Wall Street rallies, Asia less so

Tech stocks lead Wall Street charge

Wall Street’s army of dip buyers emerged tentatively from hiding overnight, after sheltering for the past three sessions. Led, of course, by big tech, Wall Street finished on a positive note. The S&P 500 rose 2.0%, the NASDAQ jumped by 2.70%, and the Dow Jones rallied by 1.60%.

As is Asia’s want in recent times, regional markets have moved my more circumspectly, even the ever-exuberant Australians. That is a two-way street, with Asia refusing to mirror the Wall Street sell-off in its scale either. It suggests Asia, while happy to buy into the get long everything global recovery rally, are viewing daily price action in New York with some caution. That view has merit, especially when one strips out the big-tech effect from the major indices. All stocks are created equal, but some are more equal than others, to paraphrase George Orwell.

Asia-Pacific’s stock markets are showing a moderately higher to neutral performance today. The Nikkei 225 has risen 0.65% and the Kospi by 0.95%. In China, the Shanghai Composite and CSI 300 are both 1.0% higher, with Hong Kong unchanged. Singapore is down 0.20%, and Kuala Lumpur is down 0.70% ahead of today’s rate decision by the Malaysian central bank. Australia’s All Ordinaries and ASX 200 meanwhile, have risen a modest 0.50%.

In Jakarta, the author’s own private universe is about to get smaller again. Overnight the Jakarta Governor announced the return of fell scale movement restrictions from this Monday, after two months of semi-freedom. Covid-19 cases have been rampant in the big durian, and the Governor himself said that hospitals are dangerously near full capacity. Local companies recalling their staff to the office, instead of working from home, is allegedly the culprit behind the latest virus surge and stands as a stark warning to other countries around the world considering the same. The re-imposition of lockdowns has weighed on the Jakarta Composite, which has gapped lower and fallen by 5.00% on the lockdown announcement. That fall may also be weighing on its neighbours in Malaysia and Singapore. The JCI is testing its 100-day moving average (DMA) as we speak, with an extended new lockdown in Jakarta negative for Indonesian assets on many levels.

Northern Asian markets are likely to continue in a positive mood for the rest of the session. However, South-East Asian markets are likely to underperform, weighed down by the Jakarta Covid-19 effect.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
Jeffrey Halley
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