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Asia Stocks Set to Edge Higher; Bond Yields Drift: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asia stocks looked set for muted gains after a lackluster session for U.S. shares. The dollar and Treasury yields dipped.Futures edged higher in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. The S&P 500 Index closed little changed, within 1% of a record, as gains in software companies offset losses for carmakers. After getting a boost from positive comments on trade by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow early in the day, equities took a leg down after a report about a U.S. official threatening steeper tariffs against China. In China, all eyes will be on the Loan Prime Rate - a new gauge of borrowing costs.After a slew of monetary policy decisions this week, investors will now shift their focus to the outlook for negotiations between the U.S. and China as trade deputies from both nations are set to meet. Concerns remain about the state of the global economy, with the OECD lowering its world growth forecast to 2.9% from 3.2% as intensifying trade conflicts take a toll on confidence.“Stocks can continue to rise because they are supported by solid and pretty sturdy fundamentals, but there will be a lot more volatility along the way,” Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones, told Bloomberg TV. “There’s a lot more monetary stimulus coming into the system.”Elsewhere, oil steadied amid contrasting reports about whether Saudi Arabia asked Iraq for crude to supply its domestic refineries. In India, central bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said there’s room for interest rate cuts to spur economic growth given stable and below-target inflation.Some key events to keep an eye on for the remainder of this week:Friday is quadruple witching day for U.S. markets. When the quarterly expiration of futures and options on indexes and stocks occurs on the same day, increased volatility and trading can follow.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 added 0.1% as of 8:10 a.m. in Tokyo. The index was little changed on Thursday.Futures on Japan’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.2%.Hang Seng futures earlier added 0.1%.Futures on Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 0.1%.CurrenciesThe yen was at 108.04 per dollar.The offshore yuan held at 7.0995 per dollar.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index slid 0.1%.The euro bought $1.1046.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell two basis points to 1.78%.Australia’s 10-year yield remained at 1.06%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.2% to 58.80 a barrel.Gold was at $1,498.32 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Cormac Mullen, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Stocks in Asia Edge Higher; Bond Yields Drift: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asia stocks opened with modest gains on reduced volumes after a lackluster session for U.S. shares. Treasuries remained on course for a first week of gains since August. Japanese shares edged higher, along with those in South Korea and Australia. The S&P 500 Index closed little changed, within 1% of a record, as gains in software companies offset losses for carmakers. After getting a boost from positive comments on trade by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow early in the day, equities took a leg down after a report about a U.S. official threatening steeper tariffs against China. In China, all eyes will be on the Loan Prime Rate - a new gauge of borrowing costs.After a slew of monetary policy decisions this week, investors will now shift their focus to the outlook for negotiations between the U.S. and China as trade deputies from both nations are set to meet. Concerns remain about the state of the global economy, with the OECD lowering its world growth forecast to 2.9% from 3.2% as intensifying trade conflicts take a toll on confidence.“Stocks can continue to rise because they are supported by solid and pretty sturdy fundamentals, but there will be a lot more volatility along the way,” Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones, told Bloomberg TV. “There’s a lot more monetary stimulus coming into the system.”Elsewhere, oil steadied amid contrasting reports about whether Saudi Arabia asked Iraq for crude to supply its domestic refineries. In India, central bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said there’s room for interest rate cuts to spur economic growth given stable and below-target inflation.Some key events to keep an eye on for the remainder of this week:Friday is quadruple witching day for U.S. markets. When the quarterly expiration of futures and options on indexes and stocks occurs on the same day, increased volatility and trading can follow.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 were flat as of 9:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The index was little changed on Thursday.Japan’s Topix index advanced 0.3%.South Korea’s Kospi added 0.1%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 0.1%.CurrenciesThe yen was at 108 per dollar.The offshore yuan held at 7.0999 per dollar.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was steady.The euro bought $1.1047.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries remained at 1.78%.Australia’s 10-year yield remained at 1.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.3% to 58.86 a barrel.Gold was at $1,500.12 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Cormac Mullen, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Stocks in Asia Edge Higher; Japan’s Yields Tick Up: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asia stocks saw modest gains on reduced volumes after a lackluster session for U.S. shares. Japanese bond yields ticked higher after the central bank trimmed its debt purchases.Japan’s Topix Index is heading for a fifth straight weekly advance, benefiting from a global turn toward stocks viewed as more cheaply valued. Australian stocks climbed amid rising expectations of another interest-rate cut. Oil prices resumed gains and 10-year U.S. Treasuries held their advance. China’s stocks were little changed, and the yuan inched higher, as traders took in the central bank’s modest cut to a reference rate for bank loans. The S&P 500 Index closed little changed Thursday, within 1% of a record, as gains in software companies offset losses for carmakers. Futures were little changed.After a slew of monetary policy decisions this week, investors may now shift their focus to the outlook for negotiations between the U.S. and China as trade deputies from both nations are set to meet. Concerns remain about the state of the global economy, with the OECD lowering its world growth forecast to 2.9% from 3.2% as intensifying trade conflicts take a toll on confidence.“Stocks can continue to rise because they are supported by solid and pretty sturdy fundamentals, but there will be a lot more volatility along the way,” Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones, told Bloomberg TV. “There’s a lot more monetary stimulus coming into the system.”In Japan, the central bank trimmed its bond purchases in a regular operation, a day after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he’d like to see a steeper yield curve. Ten-year bond yields ticked up toward the bottom of the BOJ’s preferred range of plus or minus 0.2%.Some key events to keep an eye on for the remainder of this week:Friday is quadruple witching day for U.S. markets. When the quarterly expiration of futures and options on indexes and stocks occurs on the same day, increased volatility and trading can follow.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 were flat as of 10:35 a.m. in Tokyo. The index was little changed on Thursday.Japan’s Topix index advanced 0.5%.South Korea’s Kospi was little changed.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 0.8%.Shanghai Composite little changed.Hang Seng Index rose 0.2%.CurrenciesThe yen was at 107.93 per dollar.The offshore yuan added 0.2% to 7.0911 per dollar.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was steady.The euro bought $1.1053.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries remained at 1.78%.Australia’s 10-year yield dipped to 1.03%.Japan’s 10-year yields were at minus 0.2%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 1% to 58.79 a barrel.Gold was at $1,501.94 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Cormac Mullen, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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