19 March 2021
World Markets at a glance for Currency, Equity, Bonds, Commodity, Crypto Currency, Financial News & Major Economic Events
Asia-Pacific markets mostly decline as investors turn cautious
Dollar strengthens amid higher U.S. yields on Fed’s lower-for-longer mantra
Oil slump deepens as Europe faces pandemic lockdowns
Asia-Pacific markets fell Friday as investor sentiment turned cautious, following an overnight selloff stateside.
Australian shares traded lower, with the benchmark ASX 200 down 0.31% — the index retraced some of its earlier losses of more than 1%. The energy and materials sectors were down 1.39% and 0.98%, respectively, while the heavily-weighted financials subindex was near flat.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan declined 0.86% while the Topix index was down 0.37%. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.89% and the Kosdaq was down 0.16% as tech names sold off. Shares of Samsung Electronics fell 0.97%, SK Hynix declined 2.11% and LG Electronics lost 1.61%.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 1.16% while Taiwan’s Taiex was down 1.45%. Chinese mainland shares also declined: The Shanghai composite was down 1.04% and the Shenzhen component lost about 1.71%.
The stock market on Wall Street struggled overnight, where tech shares were hit hard while the Dow and S&P 500 also declined. That weakness in shares was mirrored by an uptick in bond yields.
In the currency market, the dollar traded near flat at 91.884 against a basket of its peers. Overnight, the greenback erased most of its losses seen after the Fed decision on Wednesday.
“The Federal Reserve has no plans to raise interest rates until 2023 but the recovery in the dollar and rise in Treasury yields tell us that investors continue to be drawn to the economy’s positive outlook,” Kathy Lien, managing director of foreign-exchange strategy at BK Asset Management said in a Thursday note.
The Indian rupee is expected to trade lower against the U.S. currency on broad dollar strength amid rising Treasury yields and weak risk appetite. The rupee will likely change hands around 72.64-72.68 initially compared with 72.53 in the previous session, according to a dealer at a private-sector bank.
The Japanese yen changed hands at 109.02 per dollar, weakening from an earlier level around 108.87. The Bank of Japan is set to conclude its two-day monetary policy meeting on Friday and reports suggested the central bank is expected to widen a band at which it allows long-term interest rates to move around the 0% target. The Australian dollar slipped 0.24% to $0.7737.
Oil prices reversed course on Friday during Asian trading hours, following a sharp drop in the previous session. U.S. crude erased earlier losses to trade up 0.13% at $60.08 while global benchmark Brent retraced declines to trade up 0.28% to $63.46.
Overnight, prices tumbled close to 7% or more for both U.S. crude futures and Brent.
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