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Stocks kicked off the week in mixed fashion on Monday, with a slump in Japanese shares contrasting with more muted moves elsewhere. Treasuries were little changed after gains at the end of last week. Shares in Japan, Singapore and China declined as investors took in the latest escalation in trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies – news that the Trump administration has discussed curbing China’s access to US finance.
Asian stocks were mixed in thin trading Tuesday as investors awaited to see if Chinese and American officials can schedule a planned meeting this month to continue trade talks. Treasury yields ticked higher and the dollar strengthened. Shares saw modest gains in Tokyo and fluctuated in Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai. US futures pared a drop. The pound added to losses with the UK facing a showdown in Parliament over delaying Brexit again.
Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday as investors assessed the latest in the unpredictable path of trade talks between the US and China. Treasuries steadied after gains. Indices nudged higher in Sydney and Seoul, were little changed in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and slipped in China. US futures climbed after shares closed lower in New York Tuesday in a seesaw session.
Asian stocks were mostly higher Thursday as investors mulled China’s daily currency fixing, which was stronger than expected, and following a late recovery in US equities overnight. Treasuries pared gains and the yuan climbed. South Korean stocks outperformed amid signs of easing tensions with Japan. China’s Shanghai Composite rose from the lowest level since February and gains in the yuan helped lift the Australian dollar.
Asian stocks dipped at the start of an event-filled week that features the resumption of US-China trade talks, an expected Federal Reserve interest-rate cut, further corporate-earnings releases and the monthly American payrolls report. Hong Kong equities declined as increasing concern about ongoing protests hit real estate and transport operators. Futures on the S&P 500 dipped after the index closed at a fresh record high Friday. 2-year Treasury yields are around their average for the month ahead of the anticipated Fed rate cut.
Stocks in Asia dropped and the yen hit a two-week high on deepening concerns about a weak earning season and the consequences of a continuing trade battle between Japan and South Korea, two of the region’s four largest economies. Treasuries extended gains while US futures dipped.
Asian stocks saw muted trading Tuesday after their US counterparts slipped overnight, with Treasuries little changed. S&P 500 futures edged lower as investors took a cautious approach ahead of key testimony this week from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and as investors dialled back expectations of aggressive monetary easing following Friday’s solid US jobs report.
Asian stocks advanced on optimism that the US and China will declare another truce in their trade war at a presidential meeting on Saturday. The yen extended losses after the biggest drop since April. U.S. stock futures also climbed after reports that the current plan is for the US to hold fire on hiking tariffs on another swathe of Chinese imports. 10yr Treasury yields edged up, while safe haven assets such as gold remain lower.
Asian indices were mixed at the start of a big week for central bank policy. Treasuries edged lower after upbeat economic data at the end of last week left some doubts about a more dovish position from the Fed. Investors will be scrutinizing the Fed’s policy decision Wednesday for signals on the chances of rates cuts ahead. Meantime, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reiterated that the prospect of a major trade deal is unlikely to emerge from a possible meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping later this month.