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Data Dilemma: Asian Markets on Edge as Investors Weigh In

Data Dilemma: Asian Markets on Edge as Investors Weigh In

As Asian markets react to economic data with mixed sentiments, investors weigh in on potential shifts in monetary policy, while US stocks demonstrate modest gains amidst sectoral fluctuations in healthcare, industrials, and financial sectors.

Global Markets Overview:

Asian Stock Markets:

  • Nikkei down 0.87%
  • Shanghai Composite down 0.03%
  • Hang Seng down 1.71%
  • ASX down 1.30%

Commodities:

  • Gold at $2353.5 (-0.143%)
  • Silver at $32.28 (0.31%)
  • Brent Oil at $84.17 (0.25%)
  • WTI Oil at $80.02 (0.33%)

Rates:

  • US 10-year yield at 4.56
  • UK 10-year yield at 4.31
  • Germany’s 10-year yield at 2.64

News & Data:

  • (CAD) IPPI m/m 1.5% vs 0.8% expected
  • (CAD) RMPI m/m 5.5% vs 3.1% expected

Data Dilemma: Asian Markets on Edge as Investors Weigh In

Markets Update:

Today’s trading in Asia-Pacific markets witnessed a mixed sentiment as investors grappled with Australia’s robust April inflation data while anticipating Japan’s economic indicators. Australia’s consumer price index surged by 3.6% year-on-year, surpassing expectations, which fueled speculation about potential shifts in monetary policy. Consequently, the S&P/ASX 200 experienced a dip of nearly 1% in response.

In Japan, initial gains in the Nikkei 225 and Topix were eventually overshadowed by declines, with the Nikkei dropping by 0.41% and the Topix by 0.48%. South Korea’s Kospi and Kosdaq also saw losses, with 0.9% and 0.75%, respectively. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index recorded a notable decline of 1.7%, in contrast to mainland China’s CSI 300, which rose by 0.35%.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Nasdaq Composite soared to a new record above 17,000, driven by a remarkable 7% surge in Nvidia shares. However, the broader market saw modest gains, with the S&P 500 increasing by a mere 0.02%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped by 0.55%. Losses in healthcare stocks like Merck primarily caused the decline in the Dow. Notably, more than 350 stocks in the S&P 500 ended the session in negative territory, with significant decreases observed in the healthcare, industrial, and financial sectors.

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