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Asian, U.S. Shares Up, COVID-19 Concerns Start to Ease

Stock MarketsJul 20, 2021 10:52PM ET
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By Gina Lee

Investing.com – Asia Pacific stocks were mostly up on Wednesday morning, with U.S. counterparts recording their biggest advance since March 2021. Brightening investor sentiment, as concerns about rising numbers of global COVID-19 cases involving the Delta variant were somewhat eased, gave global shares a boost.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.51% by 10:42 PM ET (2:42 AM GMT). Trade data released earlier in the day was better than expected, with exports growing 48.6% year-on-year, a fourth consecutive month of double-digit gains and imports growing 32.7% year-on-year in June.

The Bank of Japan also released the minutes from its latest policy meeting.

South Korea’s KOSPI was down 0.33%. The country’s producer price index rose a lower-than-expected 0.4% month-on-month and 6.4% year-on-year in June.

In Australia, the ASX 200 rose 0.97%, with the latest retail sales figures released earlier in the day.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.63%.

China’s Shanghai Composite was up 0.48% and the Shenzhen Component jumped 1.02%.

A rally in U.S. Treasuries pressed the pause button to send benchmark 10-year yields back above the 1.2% mark.

Rising COVID-19 case numbers, and the resultant restrictive measures implemented by some countries, sent global shares on a downward trend earlier in the week over concerns about the economic impact. However, loose U.S. monetary policy, still-high levels of economic expansion and robust corporate earnings brightened investor sentiment and led retail investors to buy dips in equities.

“We had a dip, we had a shock, there is fear of the Delta variant and there is the other side, which is some day we get beyond COVID-19 and when we do, we have a worldwide recovery,” Cumberland Advisors Inc. chief investment officer David Kotok told Bloomberg.

“We are seeing that tension going on in the markets for the last few days,” he added.

Other investors sounded a more cautious note.

“From a long-term perspective we are really still very constructive on equity markets, so we’d encourage clients to be overweight risk assets... the correction we had is healthy to clear some of the excess out of the market and to get better balancing between growth and value,” Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) Asset Management’s co-head of fundamental equity Katie Koch told Bloomberg.

Investors now await the European Central Bank and Bank Indonesia policy decisions, both due to be handed down on Thursday.

Across the Atlantic, U.S. data released on Tuesday showed building permits were at an eight-month low of 1.598 million units, while housing starts were at a better-than-expected 1.643 million units, in June. Existing home sales figures for June are due on Thursday.

Meanwhile, talks continue over the U.S.’s gigantic $579 billion infrastructure spending package forming a key part of President Joe Biden’s plan to revive the economy.

On a separate note, the Biden administration said it is starting to see signs that the global semiconductor supply shortage is coming to an end.

Asian, U.S. Shares Up, COVID-19 Concerns Start to Ease
 

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king michael
king michael Jul 21, 2021 1:49AM ET
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But Biden would not win the election if not for the COVID ...
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hello there
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There is no covid Yall quit telling lies 😒
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Whatever this article source about covid is plainly 💩. asian people are screaming due to increasing count of delta variant case
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Whatever this article is saying is completely irrelevant because REUTERS is a propaganda tool for the Globalist, Totalitarian Party of Davos.
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Investing.com is merely a relay for the REUTERS propagandist machine.
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so Covid disappeared just in one day!
 
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