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Wall Street Hits High, Asian Markets React: Latest News

Wall Street hits Highs

Discover the latest market updates: Asian markets mixed, Wall Street hits historic highs, commodities fluctuate.

In the early hours of trading on Monday, Asian markets displayed a mixed picture, reflecting various factors impacting investor sentiment. While Wall Street celebrated historic highs, China’s markets remained closed for the entire week due to ongoing holidays. Here’s a snapshot of the latest developments:

Global Markets

Asian Stock Markets

  • Nikkei (Japan): Up 0.09%
  • Shanghai Composite (China): Up 1.28%
  • Hang Seng (Hong Kong): Down 0.83%
  • ASX (Australia): Down 0.40%

Commodities

  • Gold: $2039.5 (-0.02%)
  • Silver: $22.87 (1.34%)
  • Brent Oil: $81.65 (-0.36%)
  • WTI Oil: $76.57 (-0.37%)

Rates

  • US 10-year yield: 4.179%
  • UK 10-year yield: 4.101%
  • Germany 10-year yield: 2.373%

Wall Street Hits High, Asian Markets React: Latest News

News & Data

In Canada, the Employment Change exceeded expectations at 37.3K, compared to the anticipated 16K. However, the unemployment rate was slightly higher than expected at 5.7% versus the forecasted 5.9%.

Markets Update

While several key Asia-Pacific markets, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, remained closed on Monday, India’s Nifty 50 index experienced a minor decline of 0.3%. Notably, Paytm, the financial technology firm listed as One 97 Communications, witnessed a 1.6% increase.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.4% lower at 7,614.90. The New Zealand dollar retreated by 0.28% to $0.6128 after its 1.4% gain the previous week. Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Adrian Orr addressed a parliamentary committee and emphasized the country’s 4.7% inflation rate and the central bank’s commitment to bringing it down to around 2%.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended slightly higher at 36,897.42, marking a 0.1% increase, while the Topix declined by 0.2% to 2,557.88. The Nikkei notably breached the 37,000-point mark intra-day, achieving 34-year highs the previous Friday.

On Wall Street, positive momentum persisted on Friday following a lower-than-expected revised inflation reading for December. The S&P 500 soared above the historic 5,000 level for the first time, closing at 5,026.61 with a 0.57% increase. The Nasdaq Composite demonstrated robust performance, rallying 1.25% to reach 15,990.66. Conversely, the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced a slight decline of 0.14%, settling at 38,671.69.

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As the week progresses, investors will closely monitor further developments in global markets, particularly as they digest economic data releases and anticipate upcoming events that may influence market dynamics.

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