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Asian Markets Mixed as U.S. Market Pauses, Valuations in Focus

Asian markets mixed U.S. market pauses

Asian markets react mixed amid U.S. market pauses; concerns over equity valuations and economic data scrutiny increase.

Global Markets Overview

  • Asian Stock Markets: The Nikkei rose by 0.12%, the Shanghai Composite declined by 0.15%, the Hang Seng surged by 0.92%, and the ASX fell by 0.41%.
  • Commodities: Gold traded at $2172.5 (-0.46%), Silver at $24.47 (-0.13%), Brent Oil at $86.03 (-0.02%), and WTI Oil at $81.85 (-0.04%).
  • Rates: U.S. 10-year yield at 4.24, U.K. 10-year yield at 4.029, Germany 10-year yield at 2.372.
  • News & Data: New Home Sales m/m reported 662K versus the expected 675K.

Asian Markets Mixed as U.S. Market Pauses, Valuations in Focus

Market Update

Asian-Pacific markets displayed a mixed sentiment on Tuesday, following a pause in the U.S. market’s rally driven by optimism surrounding the Federal Reserve’s stance on interest rates. Analysts, including Sam Stovall from CFRA Research, also highlighted concerns about elevated equity valuations; moreover, the S&P traded at a 33% premium to its average price-to-earnings ratio over the past two decades.

Investors in Asia closely scrutinized economic indicators. For instance, Japan’s service producer price index for February stood at 2.1%. Additionally, Singapore’s manufacturing output surged 14.2% in February after a 6.7% decline in January, contributing to a 0.9% increase in the Straits Times index. Despite this, Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged 0.12% lower. In contrast, South Korea’s Kospi climbed by 0.79% to its highest level since February 2022. Moreover, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 retreated by 0.41% after nearing its all-time high on Monday.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced by 0.92%, led by gains in energy and industrial stocks, while the mainland Chinese CSI 300 increased by 0.02%. In the U.S., all three major indexes declined, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipping by 0.41%, the S&P 500 dipping by 0.31%, and the Nasdaq Composite falling by 0.27%. Also, the market’s reaction reflected cautious sentiments following the recent Fed meeting and concerns about equity valuations.

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