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Asia-Pacific Markets Decline; Hong Kong Leads the Way

Asia-Pacific Markets Decline

Stay updated on the Asia-Pacific markets’ decline led by Hong Kong, influenced by the central bank’s rate decision. Market insights.

In a significant downturn on Tuesday, Asia-Pacific markets faced losses, predominantly driven by Hong Kong stocks, as they resumed trading after the National Day holiday. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong showed resilience amidst the turmoil, closing 1.17% lower at 17,331.22, recovering from an initial plunge of over 3% during early trading hours. The S&P/ASX 200 dropped by 0.77% in Australia, concluding the day at 6,943.4, mirroring the decline. According to a Reuters poll, the central bank’s widely anticipated decision to maintain interest rates at 4.10% spurred this market reaction.

Asia-Pacific Markets Decline

The Nikkei 225 also faced a substantial downturn in Japan, falling by 2.1% to settle at 31,237.94. The South Korean and Chinese markets remained closed due to holiday observances.

Across the Pacific, the United States experienced mixed market performance overnight. The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a slight decline of 0.22%, closing at 33,433.35. In contrast, the S&P 500 posted a marginal increase of 0.01%, ending the day at 4,288.39, while the Nasdaq Composite displayed notable growth with a 0.67% gain, closing at 13,307.77.

Global Commodities and Economic Data

Meanwhile, global commodities exhibited varied trends. Gold prices dipped by 0.58% to $1833.45, while silver fell by 1.05% to $21.15. Brent Oil decreased by 0.48% at $90.48, and WTI Oil declined by 0.54% to $88.75.

On the economic front, key data releases included JOLTS Job Openings in the US, which stood at 9.61 million, surpassing the expected 8.81 million. However, IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism fell short of expectations, reporting 36.3 instead of the anticipated 41.6. Wards Total Vehicle Sales showed a positive trend, reaching 15.7 million against the expected 15.4 million.

Investors are now closely watching upcoming events, including the USD ADP Non-Farm Employment Change, USD Final Services PMI, USD ISM Services PMI, and USD Crude Oil Inventories scheduled later in the day.

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