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Market Update: Hong Kong Strong Surge Amidst Economic Indicators

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Asian markets fluctuate; the Hong Kong surge while Japan faces setbacks amid global economic indicators and volatile trading.

Hong Kong, February 21, 2024 – The Asian stock markets experienced mixed fortunes today as they navigated through global economic indicators and volatile trading patterns. The Nikkei in Japan faced a setback, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong surged significantly. Here’s a rundown of the latest market movements:

Global Market Snapshot

Asian Stock Markets

  • Nikkei down 0.17%
  • Shanghai Composite up 1.85%
  • Hang Seng up 2.27%
  • ASX down 0.66%

Commodities

  • Gold at $2041.5 (0.09%)
  • Silver at $23.17 (0.24%)
  • Brent Oil at $82.45 (0.26%)
  • WTI Oil at $77.37 (0.28%)

Rates

  • US 10-year yield at 4.272
  • UK 10-year yield at 4.087
  • Germany’s 10-year yield at 2.376

News & Data Highlights

  • (CAD) CPI m/m 0.0% vs 0.4% expected
  • (CAD) Median CPI y/y 3.3% vs 3.6% expected
  • (CAD) Trimmed CPI y/y 3.4% vs 3.6% expected

Market Update: Hong Kong Strong Surge Amidst Economic Indicators

Market Update

Hong Kong stocks soared over 2% today, countering the mixed sentiment prevailing in the broader Asia-Pacific markets, primarily influenced by losses witnessed on Wednesday on Wall Street. The Hang Seng index surged by 2.36%, propelled by robust performances in property, technology, and healthcare sectors. Similarly, China’s CSI 300 also experienced a notable increase of 2.55%.

Conversely, Japan’s Nikkei 225 faced a decline of 0.34%, primarily attributed to a significant drop in business confidence among Japanese manufacturers. The Reuters Tankan poll reported a confidence level of -1 in February, marking the first negative reading since April of the preceding year. This setback follows Japan’s recent entry into a technical recession, causing it to lose its status as the world’s third-largest economy to Germany.

South Korea’s Kospi witnessed a marginal decrease of 0.29%, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dipped by 0.66%, closing at 7,608.4. In the United States, all three major indexes concluded in negative territory overnight. A broader decline in the tech sector, led by Nvidia ahead of its earnings report, weighed down the market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped by 0.17% to settle at 38,563.80 points, the S&P 500 experienced a 0.6% decline, closing at 4,975.51, and the Nasdaq Composite, heavily influenced by the tech sector, lost 0.92%, concluding at 15,630.78.

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