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Reactions to Powell Remarks: Asia Stocks Up, Commodities!

Asia stocks, mixed commodities, global indexes, reactions, Powell remarks. Here is what happened today in the Global Market.

  • Asian Stock Markets: The Nikkei increased by 1.80%, the Shanghai Composite rose by 1.13%, the Hang Seng saw a 1.16% gain, and the ASX experienced a 0.63% increase.
  • Commodities: Gold priced at $1942.40 with a 0.17% change, Silver at $24.22 with a -0.01% change, Brent Oil at $84.19 with a 0.24% change, and WTI Oil at $80.22 with a 0.37% change.
  • Rates: The US 10-year yield stood at 4.226, the UK 10-year yield at 4.486, and the Germany 10-year yield at 2.564.

News & Data

  • Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment for USD came in at 69.5, falling short of the expected 71.2.

Powell Remarks- Asia stocks, mixed commodities, global indexes

The final week of August saw Asian-Pacific markets commencing with gains, led by Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong stocks. Chinese authorities’ decision to reduce the stamp duty on stock trades yielded positive results, boosting investor confidence. The CSI 300 index surged by 2.31%, and the Hang Seng index jumped by 1.16%. This growth was mainly driven by consumer cyclical and healthcare stocks.

During the same period, China Evergrande Group, a heavily indebted property developer, experienced an 87% decline in shares as trading resumed after a 17-month pause. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index increased by 1.80%, and the Topix index rose by 1.35%. South Korea’s Kospi index went up by 0.67%, accompanied by a 0.93% rise in the Kosdaq index.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index gained by 0.63%, supported by a higher-than-expected 0.5% month-on-month increase in retail sales, surpassing economists’ projections of 0.3%. On the global scale, Jerome Powell, the Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, acknowledged elevated inflation levels, hinting at potential upcoming rate hikes. This led to positive movement across major U.S. indexes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite rose by approximately 0.7%, 0.7%, and 0.9%, respectively. This marked a turnaround from three consecutive weeks of losses for the S&P and Nasdaq.

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