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Asian Stocks Set to Start Week With Modest Decline: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks looked set for a cautious start to the week as investors mulled China’s latest response to support its economy from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.Futures edged lower in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia after two weeks of gains for global equities. Volumes may be lower than average Monday due to a U.S. holiday and Treasuries won’t trade. China’s Finance Ministry on Sunday said it plans to reduce corporate taxes and lower government expenses. The head of a hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, said a turning point has been reached and that new infections are declining, CCTV reported.While investor sentiment improved the past two weeks amid optimism the outbreak may be nearing a peak, new cases outside of China are keeping traders on edge. The head of the International Monetary Fund praised China for its “very aggressive” measures to limit the impact of the disease.“News on the Covid-19 outbreak will no doubt continue to dominate over the week ahead as investors attempt to assess whether it is being contained or not,” said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital Investors Ltd. “Improving global growth and still easy monetary conditions should drive reasonable investment returns through 2020, providing the coronavirus is contained in the next month or so.”Meantime, U.S. equities on Friday eked out gains as data showed retail sales rose for a fourth straight month, underscoring steady consumer spending. Treasuries ended the week with the 10-year yield at 1.58%. American equity and bond markets are closed Monday.Here are some key events coming up:Japan’s economy probably took a hit in the fourth quarter from the sales tax hike and disruptions by typhoons. Consensus is for GDP to contract 3.8% on an annualized quarterly basis, compared with a 1.8% gain in the prior period. That’s due Monday.Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 rose 0.2% on Friday.Futures on Japan’s Nikkei 225 dipped 0.3%.Hang Seng futures slid 0.6%.Futures on Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.2%.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.86 per dollar.The offshore yuan was flat at 6.9899 per dollar.The Australian dollar rose 0.1% to 67.24 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0842, up 0.1%.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.2% to $52.05 a barrel on Friday.Gold gained 0.5% to $1,584.06 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 MullenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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China Stocks Climb With Yuan; Japan Sinks With GDP: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asia’s markets saw a mixed start to the week, with China’s stocks and the yuan taking encouragement from pledges to support the nation’s economy, and Japanese equities declining after a deep contraction in GDP.China’s CSI 300 Index recouped all of its losses since trading resumed after the Lunar New Year break, with the central bank lowering one of its interest rates and saying it would support firms that can restart production as soon as possible. U.S. futures also climbed, and the strong China open helped limit losses in Japan. Treasuries aren’t trading due to a U.S. holiday. The yuan rose, as did the Aussie.China also over the weekend unveiled plans for reducing corporate taxes and fees, and letting banks run up more non-performing loans. Bloomberg Economics estimated China’s economy has been running at just 40% to 50% capacity in the last week, underscoring the short-term damage done by the coronavirus-linked shutdowns of large swathes of the country.Hubei, the province at the epicenter of the outbreak, Monday reported 1,933 new cases, slightly higher than a day earlier. Deaths were reported in France and Taiwan over the weekend, bringing to five the number of fatalities outside mainland China.“If the Chinese economy does recover and you’ve added all this fiscal and monetary stimulus into it as well, the situation could be that you have much stronger emerging-markets into the second half” of 2020, Sunny Bangia, a fund manager at Antipodes Partners Ltd., said on Bloomberg TV in Sydney. “A lot depends on how this virus gets contained and if it can morph into something more minor.”Japan’s Topix Index slid as much as 1.5% after the worst nominal GDP performance since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office. In Singapore, the government Monday cut its growth forecasts, citing uncertainty over the length and severity of the virus outbreak. The country is expected to unveil a large stimulus package to mitigate the hit from the epidemic.Here are some key events coming up:Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs are scheduled to meet Feb. 22-23 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and are expected to discuss efforts to support growth amid the coronavirus threat.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index lost 1% as of 12:35 p.m. in Tokyo.Futures on the S&P 500 added 0.2%. The index rose 0.2% on Friday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.5%.The Shanghai Composite added 1.3%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.2%.South Korea’s Kospi index was flat.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.83 per dollar.The offshore yuan added 0.2% to 6.9766 per dollar.The Australian dollar rose 0.2% to 67.24 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0838.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday. Futures were down slightly Monday.Australia’s 10-year yield ticked up a basis point, to 1.06%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude was flat at $52.02 a barrel.Gold was little changed at $1,582.31 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Stocks Mixed Amid Policy Support, Weak Japan Data: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks in Asia began the week on a mixed footing as further signs of policy support from China and other nations helped prop up sentiment amid efforts to counter the fallout from the deadly coronavirus.Japan’s equities underperformed after a much deeper economic contraction than expected in Japan. A Chinese equities gauge erased its post-lunar new year holiday drop. The People’s Bank of China offered loans at a lower rate for medium-term funding, though limited its liquidity injections Monday. Shares pushed higher in Hong Kong and South Korea, while Australia’s main index was flat. U.S. stock futures were slightly higher. Volumes may be lower than average Monday due to a U.S. holiday.On the epidemic front, China over the weekend unveiled plans for reducing corporate taxes and fees, and letting banks run up more non-performing loans. On Monday the nation’s central bank lowered rates on the so called medium-term lending facility. Bloomberg Economics estimated China’s economy has been running at just 40% to 50% capacity in the last week.While investor sentiment improved the past two weeks amid optimism the outbreak may be nearing a peak, new cases outside of China are keeping traders on edge. Hubei province on Monday reported almost 2,000 new cases and 100 additional deaths, while fatalities in Taiwan and France were reported over the weekend.“If the Chinese economy does recover and you’ve added all this fiscal and monetary stimulus into it aswell, the situation could be that you have much stronger emerging-markets into the second half” of the year, Sunny Bangia, a fund manager at Antipodes Partners Ltd., told Bloomberg TV in Sydney. “A lot depends on how this virus gets contained and if it can morph into something more minor.”Japan’s Topix Index slid about 1% after the worst nominal GDP performance since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office. In Singapore, the government Monday cut its growth forecasts, citing uncertainty over the length and severity of the virus outbreak. The country is expected to unveil a large stimulus package to mitigate the hit from the epidemic.Here are some key events coming up:Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index lost 0.9% as of 10:53 a.m. in Tokyo.Futures on the S&P 500 added 0.2%. The index rose 0.2% on Friday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.7%.The Shanghai Composite added 0.9%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.1%.South Korea’s Kospi index gained 0.2%.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.83 per dollar.The offshore yuan added 0.1% to 6.9828 per dollar.The Australian dollar rose 0.2% to 67.24 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0838.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday.Australia’s 10-year yield was steady at 1.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.1% to $52.02 a barrel.Gold was little changed at $1,582.28 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Asia Stocks Set For Cautious Start, With Yuan Flat: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks looked poised for a cautious start to the week as investors mulled China’s latest plans to help its economy counter the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. equity futures ticked higher.Futures edged lower in Japan and Hong Kong, while Australian shares opened flat after two weeks of gains for global equities. Volumes may be lower than average Monday due to a U.S. holiday; Treasuries won’t trade. China over the weekend unveiled plans for reducing corporate taxes and fees, and letting banks run up more non-performing loans. The head of a hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, said a turning point has been reached and that new infections are declining, CCTV reported.While investor sentiment improved the past two weeks amid optimism the outbreak may be nearing a peak, new cases outside of China are keeping traders on edge. The head of the International Monetary Fund praised China for its “very aggressive” measures to limit the impact of the disease. Hubei province on Monday reported almost 2,000 new cases and 100 additional deaths.“News on the Covid-19 outbreak will no doubt continue to dominate over the week ahead as investors attempt to assess whether it is being contained or not,” said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital Investors Ltd. “Improving global growth and still easy monetary conditions should drive reasonable investment returns through 2020, providing the coronavirus is contained in the next month or so.”Meantime, U.S. equities on Friday eked out gains as data showed retail sales rose for a fourth straight month, underscoring steady consumer spending. Treasuries ended the week with the 10-year yield at 1.58%. American equity and bond markets are closed Monday.Here are some key events coming up:Japan’s economy probably took a hit in the fourth quarter from the sales tax hike and disruptions by typhoons. Consensus is for GDP to contract 3.8% on an annualized quarterly basis, compared with a 1.8% gain in the prior period. That’s due Monday.Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 added 0.2% as of 8:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The index rose 0.2% on Friday.Futures on Japan’s Nikkei 225 dipped 0.3%.Hang Seng futures slid 0.6%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.1%.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.81 per dollar.The offshore yuan was little changed at 6.9897 per dollar.The Australian dollar rose 0.1% to 67.20 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0838, up 0.1%.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday.Australia’s 10-year yield rose about one basis point to 1.06%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.2% to $52.15 a barrel.Gold slipped 0.2% to $1,581.30 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Japan Leads Asia Stock Declines After Slide in GDP: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Japanese stocks led Asian equities lower on Monday after the country reported a much deeper economic contraction than expected before any hit from the coronavirus. The Topix Index slid more than 1% in early trading, though bond yields and the yen showed little reaction to the worst nominal GDP performance since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office. Shares dipped in South Korea and Australia, but U.S. futures were slightly higher. Volumes may be lower than average Monday due to a U.S. holiday; Treasuries won’t trade.On the epidemic front, China over the weekend unveiled plans for reducing corporate taxes and fees, and letting banks run up more non-performing loans. The head of a hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, said a turning point has been reached and that new infections are declining, CCTV reported.While investor sentiment improved the past two weeks amid optimism the outbreak may be nearing a peak, new cases outside of China are keeping traders on edge. The head of the International Monetary Fund praised China for its “very aggressive” measures to limit the impact of the disease. Hubei province on Monday reported almost 2,000 new cases and 100 additional deaths.“If the Chinese economy does recover and you’ve added all this fiscal and monetary stimulus into it aswell, the situation could be that you have much stronger emerging-markets into the second half” of the year, Sunny Bangia, a fund manager at Antipodes Partners Ltd., told Bloomberg TV in Sydney. “A lot depends on how this virus gets contained and if it can morph into something more minor.”Here are some key events coming up:Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 added 0.1% as of 9:12 a.m. in Tokyo. The index rose 0.2% on Friday.Japan’s Topix index lost 1.4%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.3%.South Korea’s Kospi index fell 0.4%.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.76 per dollar.The offshore yuan was little changed at 6.9875 per dollar.The Australian dollar was little changed at 67.18 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0838.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday.Australia’s 10-year yield were steady at 1.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude was little changed at $52.03 a barrel.Gold was little changed at $1,584 an ounce.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Futures Rise With China Stocks; Japan Slips: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity futures rose with China’s stocks and the yuan, taking encouragement from pledges to support the nation’s economy. Japanese equities declined after a deep contraction in GDP.China’s CSI 300 Index recouped all of its losses since trading resumed after the Lunar New Year break, with the central bank lowering one of its interest rates and saying it would support firms that can restart production as soon as possible. European futures also climbed, and the strong China open helped limit losses in Japan. Treasuries aren’t trading due to a U.S. holiday. The yuan rose, as did the Aussie. Otherwise, Asian markets saw a mixed start to the week.China also over the weekend unveiled plans for reducing corporate taxes and fees, and letting banks run up more non-performing loans. Bloomberg Economics estimated China’s economy has been running at just 40% to 50% capacity in the last week, underscoring the short-term damage done by the coronavirus-linked shutdowns of large swathes of the country.Hubei, the province at the epicenter of the outbreak, Monday reported 1,933 new cases, slightly higher than a day earlier. Deaths were reported in France and Taiwan over the weekend, bringing to five the number of fatalities outside mainland China.“If the Chinese economy does recover and you’ve added all this fiscal and monetary stimulus into it as well, the situation could be that you have much stronger emerging markets into the second half” of 2020, Sunny Bangia, a fund manager at Antipodes Partners Ltd., said on Bloomberg TV in Sydney. “A lot depends on how this virus gets contained and if it can morph into something more minor.”Japan’s Topix Index slid as much as 1.5% after the worst nominal GDP performance since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office. In Singapore, the government Monday cut its growth forecasts, citing uncertainty over the length and severity of the virus outbreak. The country is expected to unveil a large stimulus package to mitigate the hit from the epidemic.Here are some key events coming up:Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs are scheduled to meet Feb. 22-23 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and are expected to discuss efforts to support growth amid the coronavirus threat.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index lost 0.9% at the 3 p.m. close in Tokyo.Futures on the S&P 500 added 0.2%. The index rose 0.2% on Friday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.6%.The Shanghai Composite Index added 2%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.1%.South Korea’s Kospi index was little changed.Euro Stoxx 50 contracts rose 0.3%.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.84 per dollar.The offshore yuan added 0.2% to 6.9772 per dollar.The Australian dollar rose 0.3% to 67.31 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0839.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday. Futures were down slightly Monday.Australia’s 10-year yield ticked held at 1.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude ticked up 0.2% to $52.16 a barrel.Gold was little changed at $1,582.74 an ounce.To contact the reporters on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.net;Andreea Papuc in Sydney at apapuc1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S., European Futures Rise With China’s Stocks: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. and European equity futures rose alongside China’s stocks and the yuan, taking encouragement from pledges to support the nation’s economy. Japanese equities declined after a deep contraction in GDP.China’s CSI 300 Index recouped all of its losses since trading resumed after the Lunar New Year break, with the central bank lowering one of its interest rates and saying it would support firms that can restart production as soon as possible. Otherwise, Asian markets saw a mixed start to the week. Treasuries aren’t trading due to a U.S. holiday. The euro ticked higher.China also over the weekend unveiled plans for reducing corporate taxes and fees, and letting banks run up more non-performing loans. Bloomberg Economics estimated China’s economy has been running at just 40% to 50% capacity in the last week, underscoring the short-term damage done by the coronavirus-linked shutdowns of large swathes of the country.Hubei, the province at the epicenter of the outbreak, Monday reported 1,933 new cases, slightly higher than a day earlier. Deaths were reported in France and Taiwan over the weekend, bringing to five the number of fatalities outside mainland China.“If the Chinese economy does recover and you’ve added all this fiscal and monetary stimulus into it as well, the situation could be that you have much stronger emerging markets into the second half” of 2020, Sunny Bangia, a fund manager at Antipodes Partners Ltd., said on Bloomberg TV in Sydney. “A lot depends on how this virus gets contained and if it can morph into something more minor.”Japan’s Topix Index slid as much as 1.5% after the worst nominal GDP performance since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office. In Singapore, the government Monday cut its growth forecasts, citing uncertainty over the length and severity of the virus outbreak. The country is expected to unveil a large stimulus package to mitigate the hit from the epidemic.Here are some key events coming up:Earnings season rolls on with results from companies including: BHP Group, Glencore Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Walmart Inc. and Deere & Co.U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, with financial markets shut.Minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are published on Wednesday.Indonesia is expected to cut interest rates on Thursday, following emerging-market peers from Brazil to South Africa which have lowered borrowing costs already this year.Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs are scheduled to meet Feb. 22-23 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and are expected to discuss efforts to support growth amid the coronavirus threat.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.2% as of 7:09 a.m. in London.Japan’s Topix index lost 0.9%.Futures on the S&P 500 added 0.3%. The index rose 0.2% on Friday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.5%.The Shanghai Composite Index added 2.3%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.1%.South Korea’s Kospi index was little changed.Euro Stoxx 50 contracts rose 0.2%.CurrenciesThe yen was flat at 109.85 per dollar.The offshore yuan added 0.1% to 6.9829 per dollar.The Australian dollar rose 0.2% to 67.27 U.S. cents.The euro bought $1.0837.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries slid three basis points to 1.58% on Friday. Futures were down slightly Monday.Australia’s 10-year yield held at 1.05%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude ticked up 0.2% to $52.16 a barrel.Gold was little changed at $1,582 an ounce.To contact the reporters on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.net;Andreea Papuc in Sydney at apapuc1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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