Asian markets edge higher

Asian markets are content to follow Wall Street higher

Asian markets are mostly higher today, content to follow Wall Street’s overnight rally. The Snap after-market results are tempering US futures, taking the sheen off Asia’s rallies today. The fall of oil prices overnight is also supportive of Asian markets, although weekend event risk may also be staying investors’ hands.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 finished 0.99% higher, the Nasdaq jumped by 1.36%, with the Dow Jones rose by 0.51%. In Asia, the Snap results have seen tech companies come under some pressure, pushing US futures lower. S&P 500 futures have fallen by 0.40% lower, Nasdaq futures are off 0.65%, with Dow futures down 0.20%.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is 0.20% higher, but South Korea’s Kospi has fallen by 0.40%. In China, the Shanghai Composite has gained 0.35%, while the CSI 300 has climbed by 0.55%, and Hong Kong has risen by 0.60%.

Singapore is 0.70% higher in regional markets, with Taipei edging 0.15% higher. Jakarta has added 0.10%, Kuala Lumpur by 0.37%, Bangkok by 0.30%, and Manila is unchanged. Australian markets are also relatively subdued, the All Ordinaries have risen by just 0.10%, and the ASX 200 is unchanged.

European markets had a very mixed day, with a resumption of gas flows from Russia offset by the surprise 0.50% rate hike by the ECB and Italian political chaos, although given that has been the natural state of affairs since 1945, we should be used to it. The widening of German/Italian bond spreads was more troublesome, and the ECB may need to roll out that fragmentation tool sooner than later. With weekend event risk ahead and the reality of gas flows resuming at reduced rates, Italian politics, and the decade of ECB negative interest rates being over, it is hard to see European equities finishing the day on a high note.

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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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