Stock Market Update: Asian Stocks React Differently Following Wall Street's Steepest Decline in 4 Months

Asian stocks react after Wall Street's significant decline. Stay informed on global market trends.

Feb 1, 2024 - 04:05
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Stock Market Update: Asian Stocks React Differently Following Wall Street's Steepest Decline in 4 Months
Stock Market Update: Asian Stocks React Differently Following Wall Street's Steepest Decline in 4 Months

Asian markets showed mixed trends on Thursday after Wall Street experienced its biggest drop in four months. The Federal Reserve's announcement about no immediate interest rate cuts contributed to the cautious mood.

Overview of Asian Markets:

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index initially rose but later fell, ending up 0.5% at 15,566.21. The Shanghai Composite index dropped by 0.6%, closing at 2,770.74.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index fell by 0.8% to 36,011.46, while Seoul's Kospi index rose by 1.8% to 2,542.46. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 index fell by 1.2% to 7,588.20.

Elsewhere, Bangkok's SET index rose by 0.3%, while India's Sensex index fell by 0.2%.

Wall Street's Performance:

On Wednesday, Big Tech stocks saw a significant decline, causing a sharp downturn in U.S. markets. The S&P 500 index dropped by 1.6%, its biggest fall since September, closing at 4,845.65. The Nasdaq composite index, mostly affected by the tech sector, fell by 2.2%, closing at 15,164.01. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, with less tech exposure, fell by 0.8% to 38,150.30.

Factors Influencing Market Sentiment:

Concerns about Big Tech stocks, like Alphabet and Microsoft, contributed to the market's fall. Despite reporting better-than-expected earnings, investors worried about certain business trends.

The Federal Reserve's decision to keep current interest rates and wait for more evidence of lower inflation before considering rate cuts added to market uncertainty. Fed Chair Jerome Powell emphasized the need for sustained evidence of lower inflation before considering rate adjustments.

Market Response and Future Outlook:

Market reactions to the Fed's announcement were mixed, with Treasury yields fluctuating. Soft economic reports initially led to lower yields, but the Fed's stance on inflation dampened market optimism.

Investors are now waiting for key earnings reports from Amazon, Apple, and Meta Platforms, which may influence market direction. The upcoming U.S. jobs report will also provide insights into economic recovery and inflation.

In commodities trading, U.S. crude oil prices slipped slightly to $75.78 per barrel, while Brent crude fell to $80.44 per barrel. The U.S. dollar also saw minor declines against major currencies.

Overall, market sentiment remains cautious amid uncertainties about inflation, interest rates, and corporate earnings.

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