Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty

Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty
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Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty
Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty/pixabay

Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty

Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty

Asia Stocks Slide Amid Earnings Uncertainty

Key Highlights:

  1. Japanese equities weaken due to Nintendo’s poor outlook, while mainland China benchmarks pause after recent gains.
  2. Hong Kong shares rise as investors anticipate major tech earnings.
  3. Asian currencies, including the yen, weaken against the dollar, influenced by US intervention caution.

Stocks in Asia declined following a lackluster US session as investors await stronger signs of an earnings rebound before extending the recent rally.

Japanese equities notably underperformed the region, with Nintendo’s slump on a bleak outlook contributing to the subdued sentiment. Meanwhile, mainland China’s benchmarks took a breather after recent gains, while Hong Kong shares saw gains ahead of anticipated major tech earnings next week.

Asian currencies mostly weakened against the dollar, with the yen slipping amid US calls for caution on intervention, further adding to expectations of continued pressure on the currency.

While Treasury 10-year yields stabilized after a recent fall, debate within markets and among policymakers persists regarding the appropriate level for interest rates. The focus in Asia shifts to President Xi Jinping’s Europe trip and ongoing geopolitical tensions, including the US revoking Huawei’s semiconductor licenses, reflecting broader concerns.

US stock futures held steady in Asia trading after the S&P 500’s modest gains, as global stocks attempt to recover from April’s downturn, supported by prospects of Fed rate cuts and positive earnings. Oil prices remained relatively unchanged amid tensions in the Middle East and a mildly bearish US stockpiles report.

Source: Mint

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