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Market Watch: Asian Markets Mixed Results – Currency Fluctuations

Asian Markets Mixed Results

Market Watch: Asian markets show mixed results amid currency fluctuations. Analysis of economic data and global trends.

Global Market Indices

  • Asian Stock Markets: Nikkei up 0.72%, Shanghai Composite down 1.25%, Hang Seng down 1.62%, ASX up 0.51%
  • Commodities: Gold at $2172.5 (0.06%), Silver at $24.47 (-0.32%), Brent Oil at $84.03 (-1.02%), WTI Oil at $80.75 (-1.04%)
  • Rates: US 10-year yield at 4.23, UK 10-year yield at 4.001, Germany 10-year yield at 2.326

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  • (USD) Core Durable Goods Orders m/m 0.5% vs. 0.4% expected
  • (USD) Durable Goods Orders m/m 1.4% vs 1.2% expected

Market Watch: Asian Markets Mixed Results – Currency Fluctuations

Markets Update

Wednesday saw mixed performance in Asia-Pacific markets as investors closely examined economic data from China and Australia. The Japanese yen took a hit, sliding to 151.97 against the US dollar, marking its weakest level in 34 years. Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged by 0.7% to reach 40,762.73, while China’s CSI 300 fell by 1.16% to hit a month-low of 3,502.79. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index also experienced a drop of 1.62%.

China’s combined industrial profit for January and February increased 10.2% year-on-year, starkly contrasting the 2.3% decline in industrial profits for 2023. However, Australian data revealed a 3.4% year-over-year increase in consumer price inflation for February. Consequently, the S&P/ASX 200 index in Australia rose by 0.51% to settle at 7,819.60, extending gains from the previous day.

South Korea’s Kospi index experienced a slight dip of 0.07%, settling at 2,755.11 after reaching a two-year high the day before. Conversely, the small-cap Kosdaq index ended 0.53% lower at 911.25. Meanwhile, in the United States, all three major indexes continued their downward trajectory, with the S&P 500 marking its third consecutive day of losses, declining by 0.28%.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average witnessed a marginal decline, the Nasdaq Composite recorded a more significant loss of 0.42%. Despite these recent setbacks, the major US indexes are on course to achieve their fifth consecutive month of gains, with the S&P posting an increase of over 2% for March.

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