Asian equities trade sideways ahead of the FOMC
New York markets had another choppy, but ultimately directionless session overnight. The main indexes crawled to a positive close after the US 10-year yield slid back below 3.0%, having climbed above it earlier in the session. The S&P 500 rose 0.48%, the Nasdaq rose 0.22%, and the Dow Jones finished just 0.17% higher. In Asia, futures on all three have added between 0.10% and 0.15% in subdued trading.
A raft of holidays across Asia continues to mute volatility and volumes. Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand are all closed. South Korea’s Kospi has edged 0.23% lower as markets continue to process multi-year highs in inflation and a China slowdown.
Singapore is down 0.10%, with Taipei climbing 0.25%, and Manila falling by 0.28%. Australian markets are equally quiet, although decent data today keeps the faster RBA rate hike story alive, weighing on sentiment, as are ever-tightening covid-zero restrictions in China. The All Ordinaries has fallen by 0.25%, while the ASX 200 has eased 0.05% lower.
European markets are likely to start slowly as well, with the FOMC the one ring to rule them all. Continuing chatter surrounding an EU embargo on Russian oil, and the geopolitical situation in the East will keep recession fears front and centre, limiting gains ahead of the FOMC announcement.
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