Asian equities mixed in pre-Santa session

Asian equities mixed in pre-Santa session

Thankfully, reporters have stopped asking me if we will get a Santa Claus rally in stock markets, as it has well and truly arrived. Wall Street rose again overnight after a strong procession on US data and markets convincing themselves even more, that omicron is a mildly symptomatic storm in a teacup. There was positive news from the US data dump, as PCE Index, Durable Goods and Michigan Consumer Sentiment were all solid.

The S&P 500 rose by 0.62%, while the Nasdaq jumped by 0.82%, with the Dow Jones moving 0.52% higher. Santa and his reindeer may be serving a compulsory quarantine on arrival, but he has still managed to drop off some record highs for the holiday season.

US index futures are closed and Asia itself is having another mixed performance today in line with similar cautious sentiment displayed over the week. The Nikkei 225 has crept 0.10% higher, with the Kospi rising by 0.60% and Taipei climbing by 0.35%. Hong Kong has risen by 0.20% but mainland exchanges have edged lower. The Shanghai Composite and CSI 300 are 0.35% lower.

Singapore and Jakarta have risen by 0.30% while Kuala Lumpur has edged 0.10% lower. Bangkok has eased by 0.15%, and Manila has retreated by 0.70%. Australian markets are determined to end what is effectively their last trading day for the year on a bright note. The ASX 200 and All Ordinaries have followed Wall Street 0.50% higher today.

Asian markets look very much to be in book-squared waiting-for-midday-to leave-mode. I expect the positive momentum to continue into northern hemisphere markets this evening, and if omicron remains a side-lined issue, we could see this rally extend into the New Year.

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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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