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Asian Focus: China Holds Rates and Nikkei Hits 34-Year High

China Holds Rates Nikkei 34 year High

Asian markets vary as China holds rates; Nikkei reaches a 34-year high: global stocks, commodities, and rate updates.

Global Markets Overview

Asian Stock Markets

  • Nikkei up 1.71%
  • Shanghai Composite down 2.67%
  • Hang Seng down 2.22%
  • ASX up 0.75%

Commodities

  • Gold at $2024.5 (-0.31%)
  • Silver at $22.27 (-1.19%)
  • Brent Oil at $78.22 (-0.61%)
  • WTI Oil at $72.67 (-0.65%)

Rates

  • US 10-year yield at 4.137
  • UK 10-year yield at 3.926
  • Germany’s 10-year yield at 2.274

News & Data

  • (CAD) Core retail Sales -0.5% vs 0.1 expected
  • (CAD) Retail Sales m/m -0.2% vs 0.0% expected
  • (USD) Existing Home Sales m/m 3.78M vs 3.83M expected

Asian Focus: China Holds Rates and Nikkei Hits 34-Year High

Market Update

Asian-Pacific markets experienced a mixed performance on Monday, with China’s decision to maintain its loan prime rates as expected. The Nikkei 225 surged to a nearly 34-year high, closing 1.62% higher at 36,546.95, and the broader Topix gained 1.39% to end at 2,544.92. In contrast, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined by 2.52%, driven by real estate stock losses following the People’s Bank of China’s decision to leave one- and five-year loan prime rates unchanged at 3.45% and 4.2%, respectively. China’s CSI 300 index concluded 1.56% lower at 3,218.90.

The Bank of Japan initiated its two-day monetary policy meeting, with the policy decision expected on Tuesday. Japan is also poised to release trade balance data for December on Tuesday and January inflation figures for Tokyo on Friday. Meanwhile, in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.75% higher at 7,476.60, extending gains from Friday and starting the week positively.

South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.34%, closing at 2,464.35, and the small-cap Kosdaq fell 0.35% to 839.69. On Wednesday, South Korea anticipates releasing its gross domestic product figures for Q4 2023. On Friday, the S&P 500 rose by 1.23% to settle at 4,839.81, surpassing record intraday and closing highs from January 2022. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.05%, reaching its all-time High from the previous year, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced by 1.70%.

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