Asian equities are mixed

US markets edge higher, Asia a mixed bag

Wall Street reversed intraday losses to post some modest gains overnight, with markets seemingly moving past the Brainard shock on Wednesday. With oil prices easing after the details of the IEA reserve release came out, Wall Street staged a modest relief rally. The S&P 500 finished 0.43% higher, the Nasdaq closed 0.06% higher, with the Dow Jones finishing 0.25% higher. Futures on all three indexes are almost unchanged in Asian trading.

That has sparked a relief rally in parts of Asia, although not with the North Asian giants of Japan, China, and South Korea. The Nikkei 225 is flat for the day, with the Kospi down 0.10%. The Shanghai Composite is also down 0.10 dollars with the CSI 200 unchanged, and Hong Kong down 0.40%. It seems that a flat Nasdaq close and persistent virus nerves around Shanghai are limiting gains on all three.

In regional markets, the picture is more positive, helped by Brent crude falling to USD 100.00 a barrel. Singapore is retreating as stories run highlighting softening property markets across Asia-Pacific. The big banks have led Singapore 0.75% lower. However, Kuala Lumpur has risen by 0.25%, Jakarta by 0.75%, and Taipei by 0.40%. Bangkok is just 0.20% lower, with Manila climbing 1.0% after its trade deficit narrowed. Australian markets are following Wall Streets’ lead and ending the week on a positive note. The ASX 200 and All Ordinaries climbing by 0.50%.

European markets endured another torrid session overnight. But if Brent continues to trade around USD 100 or lower today, that could be enough to spark a rally into the end of the week, although I expect weekend risk will limit gains.

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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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