Hang Seng Index, ASX200, Nikkei 225: Bears in Control
- It was a slow start to the week for the Asian markets, with the Nikkei, Hang Seng Index, and ASX seeing red.
- Caution returned as investors looked toward a busy economic and earnings calendar that will likely dictate the Fed’s near-term monetary policy outlook.
- There were no economic indicators to distract investors from the reality of sticky inflation that could still unravel hopes of the global economy avoiding a recession.
It was a mixed morning for the Asian markets. The Hang Seng Index led the way down, with the ASX 200 and Nikkei also struggling.
US economic indicators from Friday resonated, with the better-than-expected private sector PMI numbers fueling bets of a post-May Fed interest rate hike.
However, US economic indicators will influence this week. US GDP and inflation figures will draw interest. For the equity markets, corporate earnings will also move the dial. Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), Amazon.com (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT) are among the big names delivering earnings results.
After modest gains on Friday, the US futures were in the red this morning. The NASDAQ and Dow Jones were down 40.50 and 112 points, respectively. The S&P 500 mini fell by 13.
The ASX 200 was down 0.03% this morning, with mining stocks a drag.
The big-4 had a mixed morning. The National Australia Bank (NAB) and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) led the way, rising by 0.54% and 0.63%, respectively, with Westpac Banking Corp (WBC) gaining 0.18%. ANZ Group (ANZ) bucked the trend, falling by 0.08%.
Mining stocks had a bearish morning. Rio Tinto (RIO) and BHP Group Ltd (BHP) were down by 2.72% and 1.89%, respectively, with Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) falling by 2.54%. Newcrest Mining (NCM) fell by 1.00%.
Oil stocks also saw red. Woodside Energy Group (WDS) and Santos Ltd (STO) fell by 0.40% and 0.84%, respectively. Brent Crude was down 0.93% to $80.90 this morning.
Hang Seng Index
The Hang Seng was down 0.59% this morning, with Fed Fear leaving investors cautious.
Considering the main components, Tencent Holdings Ltd (HK:0700) and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (HK:9988) were down by 1.15% and 1.08%, respectively.
It was also a bearish morning for banking stocks. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (HK:1398) and China Construction Bank (HK: 0939) saw losses of 1.17% and 1.32%, respectively, with HSBC Holdings PLC down by 0.89%.
CNOOC (HK: 0883) bucked the bearish trend, rising by 0.48% despite the morning fall in crude oil prices.
Bank stocks struggled, with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (8316) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group seeing losses of 0.37% and 0.32%, respectively.
Looking at the main components, SoftBank Group Corp. (9984) led the way, rising by 1.70%, with Fast Retailing Co (9983) gaining 0.63%.
KDDI Corp (9433) and Sony Corp (6758) also found support, seeing gains of 0.15% and 0.16%, respectively, while Tokyo Electron Limited (8035) bucked the trend, falling by 1.80%.
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