Asian Stock Market Trends Amid Anticipation of Fed Conference on Interest Rates

Get insights into Asian stocks' varied performance as investors await the Federal Reserve's conference on inflation and interest rates.

Aug 21, 2023 - 02:22
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Asian Stock Market Trends Amid Anticipation of Fed Conference on Interest Rates
Asian Stock Market Trends Amid Anticipation of Fed Conference on Interest Rates

Asian stocks display mixed movement as investors await the Federal Reserve's conference signals regarding inflation control and interest rate adjustments. Shanghai, Hong Kong decline; Tokyo, Seoul advance. Oil prices rise.

Market Insights and Wall Street Trends

The S&P 500 retreated 0.1% on Friday, ending the week lower prior to the Jackson Hole conference. Analysts anticipate potential hawkish surprises if rate hikes are presumed finished. Jerome Powell might suggest structurally higher and more volatile inflation as the new norm.

Regional Stock Performances

Shanghai Composite Index loses 0.4% at 3,119.04; Nikkei 225 gains 0.4% at 31,573.96. Hang Seng in Hong Kong falls 1.3% at 17,713.68. Kospi in Seoul rises 0.1% at 2,507.16; Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 drops 0.3% at 7,124.60. India's Sensex opens 0.3% higher at 65,147.47. New Zealand and Singapore retreat; Bangkok and Jakarta advance.

Wall Street and Tech Stocks

S&P 500 declines to 4,369.71; Dow Jones Industrial Average adds 0.1% at 34,500.66. Nasdaq composite slips 0.2% at 13,290.78. Tech stocks like Microsoft, Alphabet, and Tesla face losses amid higher rates. Some are down over 10% from 2023 highs.

Fed's Challenge with Inflation

Strong US consumer spending and hiring prompt speculation that the Fed might maintain higher lending rates. Inflation remains above the 2% target, with July's consumer prices rising 3.2% year-on-year. Taming inflation to target proves challenging.

Energy Markets and Currency Trends

Benchmark US crude gains at $81.11 per barrel; Brent crude advances at $85.26 per barrel. Dollar edges up to 145.38 yen from Friday's 145.32 yen. Euro rises to $1.0880 from $1.0878.

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