Asian equities jumped on Thursday following the strongest day for US stocks since early August after the Bank of England unveiled a bond-buying program that triggered a global rally in government debt.
Shares rose in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia, mirroring a 2% advance for the S&P 500, which snapped a six-day losing streak. Lingering caution was evident with small declines in US stock futures and the dollar’s advance against the pound and the yen.
Investors remained alert to the threats posed by discordant moves from central banks over the past few days, with Federal Reserve officials adamant on further monetary tightening, the BOE unveiling a £65 billion ($71 billion) plan to support government debt and authorities in Asia trying to prop up weakening currencies.
The pound fell nearly 1% on Thursday as the greenback resumed its rise against its Group-of-10 counterparts. China’s onshore yuan advanced for the first time in nine sessions, after the central bank issued a verbal warning against currency speculation.
“The central bank is in a very difficult position right now,” Julie Biel, Kayne Anderson Rudnick portfolio manager and senior research analyst, said of the BOE in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “Everyone has been a little bit backed into a corner in seeing the volatility and market reaction.”
Treasuries were little changed Thursday after a sharp rally on Wednesday. Government bonds rose in Australia and New Zealand.
Federal Reserve officials continued to hammer home the central bank’s hawkish outlook. The Fed’s Atlanta President Raphael Bostic said he backs raising rates by a further 1.25 percentage points by the end of this year to counter inflation that has been worse than he expected.
European Union officials unveiled fresh economic limits on Russia in response to the further annexing of Ukraine. The new round of sanctions would bar sales of Russian oil by third-party countries beyond a set price cap. The plan would inflict around $6.7 billion in economic pain on Russia.
“The markets are very pessimistic. Investors are fairly on the sidelines,” said Julia Raiskin, Asia-Pacific head of markets for Citigroup Inc. “Other than the dollar, there are not many assets that are trading constructively.”
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Key events this week:
- Euro zone economic confidence, consumer confidence, Germany CPI, Thursday
- US initial jobless claims, GDP, Thursday
- Fed’s Loretta Mester, Mary Daly speak at events, Thursday
- China PMI, Friday
- Euro zone CPI, unemployment, Friday
- US consumer income , University of Michigan consumer sentiment, Friday
- Fed’s Lael Brainard and John Williams speak, Friday
Some of the main moves in markets:
- S&P 500 futures fell 0.1% as of 1:15 p.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 climbed 2%
- Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.2%. The Nasdaq 100 jumped 2%
- The Topix index rose 0.5%
- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index jumped 1.8%
- The Kospi index rose 1.4%
- The Hang Seng Index gained 1.3%
- Shanghai Composite Index added 0.3%
- Euro Stoxx 50 futures gained 0.5%
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.4%
- The Japanese yen fell 0.2% to 144.43 per dollar
- The offshore yuan weakened 0.4% to 7.1888 versus the dollar. Its onshore counterpart strengthened
- The euro fell 0.5% at $0.9685
- Bitcoin was little changed at $19,531
- Ether slipped 0.6% to $1,342
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose three basis points to 3.76%
- Australia’s 10-year yield declined 22 basis points to 3.88%
- West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.5% to $81.78 a barrel
- Gold was at $1,653.80 an ounce
Source By: Bloomberg