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Asian Stocks Start Week with Varied Performances, Data in Focus

Asian Stocks Start Week with Varied Performances, Data in Focus

Asian stocks open mixed amid cautious sentiment, awaiting key economic data releases from major economies this week.

Global Markets Overview: Asian stock markets opened with mixed sentiment on Monday amid cautious investor sentiment awaiting crucial economic data releases later in the week. Here’s a snapshot of global market performances and key commodity prices:

  • Asian Stock Markets: Japan’s Nikkei down 0.06%, Shanghai Composite down 0.97%, Hang Seng down 2.02%, ASX down 0.76%.
  • Commodities: Gold at $2390.5 (-0.27%), Silver at $31.28 (-1.34%), Brent Oil at $86.13 (-0.40%), WTI Oil at $82.71 (-0.57%).
  • Rates: US 10-year yield at 4.281%, UK 10-year yield at 4.172%, Germany 10-year yield at 2.536%.

News & Data Highlights:

  • Canada: Employment Change -1.4K vs 27.3K expected, Unemployment Rate 6.4% vs 6.3% expected.
  • United States: Average Hourly Earnings m/m 0.3% vs 0.3% expected, Non-Farm Employment Change 206K vs 191K expected, Unemployment Rate 4.1% vs 4.0% expected.

Asian Stocks Start Week with Varied Performances, Data in Focus

Market Analysis: Asian-Pacific markets showed varied performances as investors braced for upcoming economic indicators from significant economies. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 edged slightly lower while the Topix fell 0.36%, driven by persistent declines in real wages. South Korea’s Kospi remained flat, contrasting with a modest rise in the Kosdaq.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index recorded a notable decline of 2%, mirroring sentiment in mainland China, where the CSI300 fell by 0.3% for the fifth consecutive session. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 also saw a decline of 0.76%. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite closed at record highs on Friday following upbeat jobs data, fueling expectations of potential Federal Reserve rate cuts.

Investors are closely focusing on upcoming economic events, particularly the U.S. consumer price index and China’s inflation figures. These releases provide critical insights into economic recovery trends and central bank policy directions.

Upcoming Events:

  • 12:30 PM GMT – CAD Manufacturing Sales m/m
  • 12:30 PM GMT – CAD Wholesale Sales m/m
  • 12:30 PM GMT – USD Empire State Manufacturing Index

As markets navigate economic data releases and central bank decisions, global investors remain vigilant for cues that could influence future market directions.

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