Asian equities edge higher

Soft US job data send equities higher

Overnight, soft US ADP Employment data saw Wall Street rapidly price in less Fed tightening, spurring an impressive rally on Wall Street. With Wall Street clutching at any straw for an excuse to buy, the S&P 500 jumped 1.84% higher, the Nasdaq leapt to a 2.69% gain, and the Dow Jones rallied by 1.29%. US futures have paused for breath in Asia, all three indexes are unchanged.


Asian volatility appears to be suffering a holiday impact, rising more cautiously thanks to holidays in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand. Japan’s Nikkei 225 has risen by 1.15%, with South Korea’s Kospi adding just 0.42%. Singapore is just 0.10% higher, with Kuala Lumpur easing by 0.25%, Jakarta gaining 0.90%, and Manila unchanged. Higher oil prices overnight may also be tempering gains in Asia.


In Australia, markets are slavishly following the US lead. The ASX 200 is 0.65% higher, while the All Ordinaries has risen by 0.80%, with New Zealand edging 0.30% higher.


European markets rallied overnight, likely on hopes that OPEC+ would ramp up oil production and with Wall Street’s climb. Oil prices closed around 2.0% higher in New York, with the OPEC+ announcement mere window dressing. That is likely to limit gains in Europe initially, especially with the UK away, weekend event risk, and much of Europe on holiday on Monday.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific, from 2016 to August 2022
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley was 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 and Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications such as 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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