Feb 28, 2023 15:37
Tuesday's early trading period for the Hang Seng Index and the larger Asian markets was positive. This morning, the Asian markets followed the Dow and the NASDAQ Composite Index into the green.
Riskier assets received support from US economic data on Monday, as the crucial Goods Orders Non-Defense Ex Aviation increased by 0.8% in January, correcting a 0.3% decline from December.
The recent decline in crude oil prices has given rise to expectations that US inflation will experience a brief hiccup in January. However, with the US jobless rate at 3.4% and high US inflation, the Fed's conservatives will have a strong influence in the upcoming sessions. Anxiety of making a mistake would prefer an over-tightening and a gentle landing over abandoning the fight against inflation, which would support a more aggressive direction for interest rates.
Growing global conflict between the US and China has dampened expectations for a strong first quarter for the Hang Seng Index based on the China reopening narrative. Russia-China relations over Ukraine continue to be of worry.
Mixed regional economic data this morning limited the gains due to persistent challenges in the global stock markets. Consumer purchasing pleased, continuing a pattern seen in Europe and the US, while industrial sector statistics showed warning.
The NASDAQ Composite Index increased by 0.63% on Monday, while the Dow Jones and S&P 500 both saw increases of 0.22% and 0.31%, respectively. The US Futures provided assistance this morning. The NASDAQ mini increased by 41 points while the DJI mini gained 50 points.
Feb 27, 2023 16:37