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Asian Markets Reach New Highs on Fed’s Rate Cut Forecast

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Asian markets surged on the Fed’s rate cut forecast, hitting record highs. Global sentiment remains optimistic amid economic growth.

Global stock markets rallied on Thursday, with Asian indexes hitting new highs. The Federal Reserve’s indication of potential rate cuts this year propelled the rally. The decision to maintain its forecast for three rate cuts significantly boosted investor sentiment, resulting in widespread gains across various asset classes.

In response to the Fed’s latest announcement, Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged by 2.08%, reaching an all-time high, while South Korea’s Kospi index soared over 2.35% to its highest level since April 2022. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index also experienced robust gains, climbing 1.74%, reflecting the positive sentiment in the region. However, mainland China’s CSI 300 witnessed a slight dip of 0.17%.

Asian Markets Reach New Highs on Fed’s Rate Cut Forecast

Meanwhile, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced by 2.12%, fueled by encouraging flash data indicating accelerated business activity in March. The upbeat performance of Asian markets mirrored the positive sentiment seen in the U.S., where all three major indexes closed higher on Wednesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied by 1.03%, surpassing the 39,500 mark, while the S&P 500 gained 0.89%, closing above 5,200 for the first time. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite surged by 1.25%, primarily driven by gains in mega-cap tech stocks.

The Fed’s decision to maintain rates at 5.25%-5.5%, coupled with its projection of three rate cuts without specifying timing, reassured investors concerned about the impact of tightening monetary policy on economic growth. The central bank’s updated “dot plot” also hinted at three cuts in 2025, one fewer than previously projected.

Despite some fluctuations and uncertainties, global market sentiment remains optimistic, with investors interpreting the Fed’s stance as supportive of continued economic expansion. The record highs in Japan and the strong performance across Asian and U.S. markets underscore the prevailing upbeat outlook among investors.

Market participants will closely monitor upcoming events, including the GBP Official Bank Rate and Monetary Policy Summary and USD Unemployment Claims data, for further insights into the trajectory of monetary policy and economic conditions globally.

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