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Markets Focus: Hang Seng High, Nikkei Downplays Volatility

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Asian markets responded mixed to the Fed’s decision. The Hang Seng high and Japan stabilized. Economic data influences investor sentiment.

Global markets respond cautiously to the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain interest rates.

Global Markets Overview

Asian stock markets displayed a mixed performance on Thursday, reflecting cautious sentiment following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged after its two-day meeting. The Nikkei in Japan increased by 0.10%, while the Shanghai Composite in China experienced a slight decline of 0.26%. However, the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong surged by 2.40%, buoyed by positive news from Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers. Meanwhile, Australia’s ASX rose by 0.23%.

In the commodities market, gold prices saw a modest increase of 0.35%, reaching $2318.5 per ounce, while Brent and WTI crude oils rose by 0.68% and 0.66%, respectively. Precious metals such as silver remained relatively stable.

Key News & Data

The release of economic data contributed to market uncertainty. The final Manufacturing PMI, 50.0, met expectations in the U.S., while the ISM Manufacturing PMI fell short of expectations at 49.2. The Federal Funds Rate remained unchanged at 5.50%, which aligns with market expectations.

Markets Focus: Hang Seng High, Nikkei Downplays Volatility

Market Analysis

Investors reacted to Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s assurance that there would be no immediate rate hike, easing concerns about inflation control. This sentiment drove gains in the Hang Seng index, particularly in the technology sector, which surged by 4.3% following strong April delivery updates from Chinese EV manufacturers. However, trading activity was somewhat subdued, with Mainland China markets closed during the Labor Day holiday.

In Japan, the yen experienced volatility amid suspicions of government intervention earlier in the week, eventually settling at 155.23 against the U.S. dollar. The Nikkei 225 closed marginally lower, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 posted a modest gain.

South Korea’s Kospi and Kosdaq indices slipped slightly, reflecting cautious investor sentiment. Data from South Korea indicated a slower rise in consumer prices in April compared to the previous month.

On Wall Street, stocks closed with mixed results, with the Dow adding 87.37 points, the S&P 500 declining by 0.34%, and the Nasdaq Composite sliding by 0.33%.

Upcoming Events

Investors are monitoring upcoming economic events, including the release of Canada’s Trade Balance data and the U.S. Unemployment Claims and Trade Balance figures, scheduled for later.

The global markets continue to navigate inflation and monetary policy uncertainties, with investors closely monitoring economic data releases and central bank decisions for further insights into market direction.

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