Most Asian markets surge after Wall St record, eyes on jobs data
Asian markets mostly rose on Friday, following another record in New York City, with recovery optimism and vaccine hope surpassing concerns of a spike in new viral infections, while oil prices extended their gains after l OPEC failed to reach an agreement on increasing production.
Traders are now anxiously awaiting the much-anticipated US employment data later today, which will provide new insight into the world’s largest economy and perhaps give the Federal Reserve yet another reason to start. to reduce its ultra-flexible monetary policy.
The rapid spread of the Delta virus variant has become a source of concern for several governments and has forced some, including Australia and South Africa, to re-impose lockdown measures.
However, other countries such as Britain, the United States and parts of Europe continued to reopen despite an increase in the number of new cases, with vaccines appearing to help reduce deaths and hospitalizations.
Johnson & Johnson became the last pharmaceutical giant to claim that its drug was effective against Delta and offered long-lasting protection against infections at large.
Confidence in jabs and a string of healthy economic readings from various countries are helping to push stock markets higher, and on Thursday the S&P 500 hit a record high for the sixth day in a row. And the general consensus is that the rally still has a way to go, even if there are a few bumps in the road.
The latest figures showed U.S. jobless claims fell again last week to a pandemic-era low, as manufacturing activity continued to improve.
– Oil prolongs gains –
Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund added to the positive mood, predicting that the US economy will grow 7% this year, its highest level since 1984, while boosting its outlook for next year.
“With prospects for economic growth and strong earnings, accommodative policies and still attractive valuations relative to bonds, we believe the current environment is favorable for further gains in equities,” said Mark Haefele of UBS. Global Wealth Management.
After the Wall Street rally, Asia recorded large gains.
Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Wellington, Manila and Jakarta were all up, although Hong Kong and Shanghai fell more than 1% due to a massive sell-off of tech stocks.
All attention is now on non-farm payroll data in the United States on Friday, with the Fed paying close attention as it considers its next step on monetary policy.
This year’s meteoric recovery – and its likely continuation until 2022 – has prompted the central bank to advance projections for the liquidation of its massive bond-buying program, with some predicting it will begin later this year.
However, while that would mean the beginning of the end of its accommodative agenda, analysts expect it to move slowly so as not to upend the markets.
In oil markets, both contracts rose in Asia, recovering on Thursday after OPEC and other major producers delayed until Friday the decision to increase or not production in light of the rebound in Requirement. WTI and Brent are at levels not seen since 2018.
A panel had previously recommended pumping an additional 400,000 barrels per day, less than expected, despite fears of a rapid squeeze in supplies. Still, officials are unable to reach a deal and observers say the meeting could end without any increase being agreed, putting further upward pressure on prices.
– Key figures at 02:30 GMT –
Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.3% to 28,791.10 (pause)
Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 1.5% to 28,397.90
Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 1.3% to 3,540.05
Euro / dollar: DOWN to $ 1.1844 from $ 1.1855 at 2050 GMT
Pound / dollar: up to $ 1.3770 from $ 1.3762
Euro / pound: DROP to 86.02 pence against 86.10 pence
Dollar / yen: up to 111.59 yen from 111.54 yen
West Texas Intermediate: EN up 0.2% to $ 75.41 per barrel
North Sea Brent: Up 0.3% to $ 76.04 per barrel
New York – Dow: 0.4% at 34,633.53 (close)
London – FTSE 100: Up 1.3% to 7,125.16 (close)
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