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Asia-Pacific Markets in the Context of Japanese Business Positivity

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Latest market updates: Asia-Pacific stocks decline despite positive Japanese business sentiment, while global markets show mixed trends.

Market Overview

In Asian stock markets, the Nikkei experienced a 0.26% decline, the Shanghai Composite was down by 0.14%, the Hang Seng dropped 0.28%, and ASX managed a 0.26% increase.

Commodity Prices: Gold at $1974.05 (0.07% change), Silver at $22.59 (0.04% change), Brent Oil at $81.03 (0.27% increase), WTI Oil at $77.70 (0.08% rise).

Yield Rates: US 10-year yield at 4.611, UK 10-year yield at 4.323, Germany 10-year yield at 2.672.

Key News and Data

(CAD) Trade Balance at 2.0B, exceeding the expected 1.0B; (USD) Trade Balance at -61.5B, slightly lower than the expected -59.7 B.

Asia-Pacific Markets in the Context of Japanese Business Positivity

Asia-Pacific markets witnessed marginal declines on Wednesday despite a favorable business sentiment survey from Japan. Japanese manufacturers displayed increased confidence, marking the first positive change since August, according to the Reuters Tankan poll. The service sector also showed improvement for the second consecutive month, reflecting a challenging economic recovery.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index dipped by 0.12%, and the broader Topix index fell by 0.95%. South Korea’s Kospi index decreased by 0.53%, and the Kosdaq slipped by 0.89% due to the reinstated short-selling ban. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index managed to close 0.26% higher at 6,995.40. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index inched down by 0.11%, and China’s CSI 300 index slipped by 0.16%.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite extended their winning streaks, with the S&P 500 closing 0.28% higher and the Nasdaq surging by 0.9%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up by 0.17% at the close. The S&P 500 recorded gains for seven consecutive days, the longest streak since November 2021, while the Nasdaq achieved its longest winning streak since November 2021, lasting eight days. The Dow’s seven consecutive sessions of gains represented its longest streak since July.

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