Asian equities are content to follow Wall Street’s rally
Wall Street booked another session of decent overnight gains as somewhat counteractively, lower US yields on recession fears prompted more equity buying. The S&P 500 rose by 0.95%, the Nasdaq jumped 1.62% higher, while the Dow Jones gained 0.66%. The rally continues unabated in Asia, with US futures booking more gains in Asia, suggesting the overnight rally in the OTC markets still has legs. S&P 500 futures are 0.50% higher, the Nasdaq is loving lower US yields and Nasdaq futures are 1.0% higher in Asia. Dow futures have added a respectable 0.30%.
Asian markets are content to follow the leader, with the overnight rally on Wall Street lifting Asian markets higher into the end of the week. Japan’s Nikkei 225 is 0.95% higher, while South Korea’s Kospi has leapt 1.70% higher thanks to Nasdaq’s outperformance.
In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite has climbed by 0.45%, with the CSI 300 gaining 0.55%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng has jumped by 1.50%. In regional markets, Singapore is 0.35% higher, with Taipei rising by 0.85%. Kuala Lumpur has gained 0.45%, Jakarta 0.80%, Bangkok 0.55%, and Manila 1.30% after a dovish rate hike yesterday. Australian markets are showing no ill effects from the resource price retreat. The All Ordinaries has risen by 0.55%, and the ASX 200 by 0.35%.
European markets took fright at the German activation of its phase two emergency energy plan and reducing Russian gas flows is bad news for Europe as a whole. As a result of this, it is unlikely that European markets will find any reason for cheer into the weekend.
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