Asian markets rise again as investors make most of feel-good vibe

07-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Europe’s main stock markets marked time on Friday before vital US non-farm payrolls data provide a clue to the health of the world’s top economy, dealers said.

Asian indices rose after Wall Street had surged Thursday on news that the United States and China will resume high-level trade talks in October.

European markets enjoyed mixed fortunes, while the pound held above $1.23 on the increasing prospect that Britain could avoid crashing out of the European Union with no trade deal next month.

“Markets are treading water following (on from) the strength on Wall Street last night,” said Richard Hunter, head of markets at trading website Interactive Investor.

“We have still got the complication of Brexit negotiations; clearly it is starting to weigh on sterling again.

“Later today the non-farm payrolls in the US (will) give us some direction about where the US economy is going,” he told AFP.

The NFP numbers could also give an idea about the US Federal Reserve’s plans for interest rates this year, with observers expecting it to unveil more cuts before the end of December.

Expectations for an extended run of rate reductions has lent much-needed support to markets this year.

– Shot in arm –

After a tumultuous August, dealers were given a shot in the arm this week by news that Beijing and Washington are to resume trade talks next month.

New York indices soared after China’s commerce ministry said vice Premier Liu He, Beijing’s point man on trade, agreed to October talks in a call with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthiser and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday.

This week also saw China flag plans for fresh economy-boosting measures, while data out of Washington on Thursday showed August private-sector jobs creation beat the previous month and was higher than expected.

“In recent months, there has been a lot of tough talk from both sides, but the prospect of the two sides sitting down, and holding trade talks has lifted sentiment,” said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK.

“The trade spat has been going on for well over a year, and it is unlikely to be wrapped up soon, but at the moment things are going in the right direction.”

A forecast-topping read on the US services sector provided extra joy to investors.

Back in Asia, Hong Kong finished up 0.7 percent, with dealers seeming to brush off news that Fitch had downgraded its sovereign debt rating citing the sometimes violent protests in the financial hub.

Observers said the region’s markets might be able to calm down as China prepares for a week-long holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party’s coming to power on October 1.

– Key figures around 1015 GMT –

LondonFTSE 100: DOWN 0.1 percent at 7,265.43 points

FrankfurtDAX 30: UP 0.2 percent at 12,147.95

ParisCAC 40: DOWN 0.1 percent at 5,589.46

euro O STOXX 50: FLAT at 3,483.55

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2312 from $1.2334 at 2100 GMT

euro/pound: UP at 89.82 pence from 89.46 pence

euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1034 from $1.1035

Dollar/yen: UP at 107.04 yen from 106.94 yen

TokyoNikkei 225: UP 0.5 percent at 21,199.57 (close)

Hong KongHang Seng: UP 0.7 percent at 26,690.76 (close)

ShanghaiComposite: UP 0.5 percent at 2,999.60 (close)

New YorkDow: UP 1.4 percent at 26,728.15 (close)

Brent North Sea crude: UP 19 cents at $61.14 per barrel

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN one cent at $56.29–finance.html


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