Asia Markets: Stocks, economic growth, earnings

SINGAPORE – Shares in the Asia-Pacific region were mixed on Monday as global concerns continue.

In Japan markets, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.44%, while the Topix climbed 0.57%.

Australia’s S & P / ASX 200 advanced 0.12%.

Greater China markets bucked the trend, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index falling 1.31% in early trade. The Hang Seng Tech index fell 2.25%. The Shanghai Composite slipped 0.1% and the Shenzhen Component declined 0.32%.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng is set to report its first-quarter earnings on Monday.

In other markets, South Korea’s markets were mixed, with the Kospi down 0.17%, and the Kosdaq up 0.05%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.16%.

I think at the moment, the market is expecting a Fed that’s just going to keep hiking and crush inflation, get it right back down, stomp it down, and that is hurting.

Isaac Poole

chief investment officer, Oreana Financial Services

Stocks stateside have been taking a battering as markets grow fearful over whether there will be a recession.

In the US, the S&P 500 briefly fell into bear market territory during Friday’s session, but recovered slightly to close almost flat. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 8.77 points to 31,261.90 after reversing losses of more than 600 points.

The Nasdaq Composite is already deep in bear market territory, 30% off its highs, and fell 0.3% on Friday. All three indexes have posted at least a seven-week losing streak.

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A market bottom could be some way away, depending on how aggressive the Fed is, according to Isaac Poole, chief investment officer at Oreana Financial Services.

“I think at the moment, the market is expecting a Fed that’s just going to keep hiking and crush inflation, get it right back down, stomp it down, and that is hurting,” he told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”

Once the Fed signals that it will take things meeting by meeting, there is likely to be “quite a lot of upside to markets,” he added.

Currencies

The US dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 102,764, lower compared to the levels above 103 seen last week.

The Japanese yen traded at 127.3 per dollar, stronger than the 129 levels early last week. The Australian dollar strengthened and was last at $ 0.7082.

Oil futures rose in Asia’s morning trade. US crude rose 0.45% to $ 110.78 per barrel, while Brent crude gained 0.63% to $ 113.26.

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