JPMorgan expects Asian markets to end week with cautious tone after Fed hike
JPMorgan expects markets in the Asia-Pacific region to end the week on a cautious tone following the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike of 50 basis points.
“Given the U.S. market reaction after the FOMC meeting, we expect Asian markets to end the week with more cautious tone,” Tai Hui, the firm’s Asia-Pacific chief market strategist, said in a note.
Tai added that a weaker inflation print is needed before the Fed’s hawkishness fades, while the region may have more optimism on China’s expected reopening.
“The medium term prospects of China’s economic reopening and Asia’s domestic demand resilience could be a bright spot as the U.S. and Europe face more growth challenges,” Tai said. “We would need more weak inflation data in order for the Fed to tone down its hawkishness.”
— Jihye Lee
South Korea’s revised trade data shows slightly narrower trade deficit
South Korea’s revised trade data for November was flat, official data from the Bank of Korea showed.
Imports grew by 2.7% while exports fell by 14%, in line with readings from the previous month, resulting in a trade deficit of $6.99 billion, slightly narrower than the previous month’s reading of $7.01 billion.
Prices for imports grew 14.2% compared with a year ago after seeing growth of 19.8% the previous month. Export prices grew 8.6% in November compared with a year ago, after growing 13.7% in October.
— Jihye Lee
Japan’s trade data beat estimates, reports wider-than-expected trade deficit
Japan’s exports and imports for November grew more than expected on an annualized basis, official data showed.
Exports for the month rose 20%, beating expectations of 19.8% in a Reuters survey. Imports rose 30.3%, also higher than expectations of 27% in a Reuters poll.
This resulted in a wider-than-expected trade deficit of 2.02 trillion yen ($14.91 billion) after posting 2.16 trillion yen ($15.96 billion) in the previous month.
— Jihye Lee
CNBC Pro: Missed China’s reopening rally? Bank of America names global stocks to ride the second-leg
Investors will have a second opportunity to take part in the stock market rally after China announced a relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, according to Bank of America.
The bank named more than 10 stocks after having found “green shoots of recovery in high-frequency data” that point toward rising earnings at companies exporting to China.
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— Ganesh Rao
Australia unemployment rate in line with expectations
Australia’s unemployment rate for November remained at 3.5% on an annualized basis, in line with expectations from a Reuters poll and flat from the prior month.
Official data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics showed the labor participation rate also remained at 66.7%, and the employment to population ratio remained at 64.4%.
Monthly hours worked increased to 1.89 billion.
— Jihye Lee
Fed announces 50 point rate hike
The Fed announced it will raise interest rates by 50 basis points, marking an end to the pattern of 75 point hikes seen in recent months.
Before this move, the Fed had raised rates by 75 basis points at the last four meetings. A basis point is equivalent to 0.01%.
The 50 basis point hike was widely expected ahead of the meeting.
It’s the final policy decision expected from the central bank in 2022.
— Alex Harring
Powell wants ‘substantially more evidence’ that inflation is cooling
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday the recent positive signs for inflation aren’t enough for the central bank to ease back on interest rate increases.
“It will take substantially more evidence to have confidence that inflation is on a sustained downward” path, Powell said during his post-meeting news conference.
The comments came as the Fed raised its benchmark rate another half percentage point and indicated at least another three-quarters of a point in hikes are coming. The decision also occurs a day after November’s consumer price index reading was up just 0.1%, an indication that inflation may have peaked.
However, Powell said inflation remains a problem.
“Price pressures remain evident across a broad range of goods and services,” Powell added.
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