Asian markets cautious after US volatility

11-Oct-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Asian stocks were mostly trading up Wednesday, after a volatile session for US equities and as yields on Treasury bonds retreated from a seven-year peak.

Japanese shares edged higher at the close, ending a four-day run of losses, with purchases making up for the higher yen’s dampening impact.

“After four days of falling… Japanese shares are in a good place for bargain-hunting buys,” Yoshihiro Ito, chief strategist at Okasan Online Securities, said in a commentary.

Hong Kong was up 0.3 percent in afternoon trading while Shanghai closed 0.2 percent higher, both moving back into positive territory for a second day after Monday’s rapid sell-off.

There were also gains in Mumbai, with markets leaping 1.2 percent after closing at a six-month low on Tuesday, and aviation stocks seeing a boost after domestic media reports that New Delhi may reduce a jet fuel tax.

“(Indian) markets will continue to be volatile in the coming days and will offer great long-term buying opportunities,” Soumen Chatterjee, head of research at Guiness Securities, told Bloomberg News.

There was growth in in other Asian markets, with Taiwan up 0.1 percent, Sydney up 0.1 percent and Bangkok rising 1.3 percent.

– Eyes on China –

But global markets remained cautious on several fronts.

US and European markets meandered on Tuesday, with investors nervous after 10-year US Treasury bond yields surged above 3.0 percent and the IMF sounded a cautious note on the global economy.

On Wall Street, the Dow closed down 0.2 percent at 26,430.57 with US shares facing another day of pressure over higher interest rates.

“Markets continued their tenuous voyage through a pothole-encumbered landscape, dealing with the fragile US-China relations… and Brexit developments providing more ambiguity,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA.

“It’s no wonder investors have a high level of misgivings.”

Eyes were fixed on the Chinese yuan amid a backdrop of deepening US-China tensions and a weak yuan, following steps this week from authorities to spur lending in the economy.

Last week the yuan hit a 19-month low, with growing fears the currency was sliding towards the psychological milestone of 7 per dollara level not seen since the global financial crisis.

Traders are also waiting for the latest data around new lending and money supply, which will be closely watched as Beijing strives to support flagging growth.

Shares fell in the Chinese internet giant Tencent for the ninth straight day on the back of rumours about a gaming regulatory crackdowncosting the company its place as one of the world’s ten biggest companies.

In London, the FSTE 100 dipped 0.1 percent on opening to its lowest in six months.

– Key figures around 0720 GMT –

Hong KongHang Seng: UP 0.3 percent at 26,262.97

ShanghaiComposite: UP 0.2 percent at 2,725.84 (close)

TokyoNikkei 225: UP 0.2 percent at 23,506.04 (close)

LondonFTSE 100: DOWN 0.1 percent at 7,228.49

euro/dollar: UP at $1.1506 from $1.1494 at 2100 GMT on Tuesday

Pound/dollar: UP at $1.3168 from $1.3144

Dollar/yen: UP at 113.07 from 112.95 yen

OilWest Texas Intermediate: DOWN 15 cents at $74.82 per barrel

OilBrent Crude: DOWN 6 cents at $84.94 per barrel

New YorkDow Jones: DOWN 0.2 percent at 26,430.57 (close)


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