Asian stocks fade after Wall Street dip

Stale long positioning from short-term players was further trimmed overnight on Wall Street. A lack of new drivers, and fading momentum, was enough for impatient traders to head for the exit door after NYC announced more Covid-19 restrictions. The S&P 500 fell 1.16%, the Nasdaq fell 0.82%, and the Dow Jones also fell 1.16%.

That sentiment has spilt into Asia this morning, with position reduction the order of the day, and regional markets are fading. The Nikkei 225 has fallen 0.80%, with the Kospi down 0.55%. China’s Shanghai Composite is flat, but the CSI 300 has eased 0.35%, with Hong Kong falling 0.80%.

Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Manila are 0.70% lower, with Taipei down 0.30%. Jakarta has bucked the trend, rising 0.30% ahead of expected supportive measures by Bank Indonesia today. Australian markets have also eased modestly, the ASX 200 and All Ordinaries down 0.15%.

Today appears to be another one of consolidation and profit-taking, with Europe set to follow suit. Headline driven spikes in volatility are possible when markets are in ranging mode. Still, investors should put their perpetually bullish hopes aside and should enjoy the tranquillity; it is unlikely to last.

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

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 and the New York Times. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
Jeffrey Halley
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