Asian markets mixed

Asian stocks mixed after modest rally on Wall Street

Wall Street crawled to another record close overnight, with the lower rates for longer, buy-everything FOMO gnomes firmly in control. The session being most notable for Alphabet toughing the USD 2 trillion market cap mark, joining Apple and Microsoft. The S&P 500 closed 0.09% higher, the Nasdaq edged 0.07% higher, with the Dow Jones climbing by 0.29%. Once again, momentum has waned in Asia, with futures on all three indexes falling by around 0.20%.

With nothing of note to sink its teeth into, the street continued moving back into its happy place, interest rates lower for longer contributing to the buy-everything except the US dollar mood. With no thematic momentum one way or the other from Wall Street, Asian markets have been freed to set their own course today, leading to a mixed day across the region. The Nikkei 225 has risen just 0.10%, with South Korea’s Kospi falling by 0.15%. China is equally uninspiring, with the Shanghai Composite and CSI 300 almost unchanged thus far. Hong Kong has edged 0.15% higher.

Regionally, Singapore and Bangkok are trading each side of unchanged while Taipei is outperforming, rising by 0.70%, perhaps receiving an Alphabet tailwind. Kuala Lumpur has fallen by 0.60%, while Jakarta is 0.30% higher along with Manila. In Australia, markets are slightly higher, and the ASX 200 and All Ordinaries are rising by around 0.15%.

With a lack of events on the economic calendar, the most volatility is likely to be generated by central bank officials, with the BOE’s Bailey, the ECB’s Schnabel and the Fed’s Powell, Daly, and Kashkari all speaking. Market participants will be keeping a close eye on US CPI on Wednesday.

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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.
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