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Stock Markets Mixed In Asia

By MarketPulse (Jeffrey Halley)Stock MarketsJul 15, 2021 04:20AM ET
Stock Markets Mixed In Asia
By MarketPulse (Jeffrey Halley)   |  Jul 15, 2021 04:20AM ET
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Japanese equities dip, China edges higher

Stock markets were a mixed bag in Asia after Wall Street limped to an almost unchanged finish despite the Powell testimony steadying the ship. The S&P 500 finished 0.12% higher, the NASDAQ closed 0.22% lower, and the Dow Jones edged 0.13% higher. With little direction from Wall Street, which seems to be focusing on upcoming earnings now, Asian markets were left to their own individual devices.

The Nikkei 225 fell 0.88% as speculation mounted that the Bank of Japan will downgrade its outlook for the economy at tomorrow’s policy meeting. Despite a slightly hawkish bent to the statement, the Bank of Korea kept rates at a record low of 0.50% this morning, which lifted the KOSPI by 0.45%.

In China, the solid, if unspectacular, data dump today saw the Shanghai Composite edge 0.20% higher, while the CSI 300 was up just 0.10%. However, Hong Kong jumped 1.15% as China tech giants talked about opening up their ecosystems to each other, something markets feel will please their ultimate bosses in Beijing. Hong Kong should also benefit from a rotation of China IPOs from the US going forward.

Taipei rose by 0.45% today, while Singapore fell 0.40% after another surge in COVID-19 cases. Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, quite surprisingly, climbed by 0.50% in what I assumed were technical moves after some previously tricky sessions. I would approach rallies in each with a large grain of salt given the COVID-19 situations both are experiencing.

Regional Asia had the most to lose from a change in Fed tone, and the Powell testimony overnight likely drove the gains. Bangkok was 0.20% higher while Manilla fell 0.80%.

The impressive Australian employment data was not enough to keep markets in the green there, as new cases of COVID-19 popped up across Australia, raising fears of ever-expanding lockdowns. The ASX 200 was 0.30% lower, while the All Ordinaries eased by 0.10%.

European stock markets should ignore Asia as a result of their vaccination premium. With the Fed still unconcerned about inflation, that should be enough to lift European stocks initially. It is unlikely that Wall Street will sustain any significant dips into the end of the week either. As I have said before, respect the momentum.

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