Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation

Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation
Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation/Reuters
Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation
Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation/Reuters

Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation

Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation

Asian Stocks Surge on Fed Rate Cut Speculation

Asian stocks soared to their highest levels in over a year on Monday, driven by renewed expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts. Trading was subdued with Japan observing a holiday, but mainland Chinese markets opened on a positive note after an extended break.

The MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan reached its highest level since February 2023, gaining 0.53%, while China’s blue-chip index jumped 1.5%. Last week, Chinese shares offshore recorded significant gains during the Labour Day holiday closure.

The rebound in Chinese markets follows a Politburo meeting where policymakers pledged to bolster the economy through prudent monetary and proactive fiscal policies. Additionally, a long-awaited recovery in the Chinese economy is gaining momentum, supported by data showing expansion in services activity despite rising costs.

The positive sentiment was further buoyed by Friday’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, which suggested a cooler job market, reinforcing expectations of Fed rate cuts this year. Amidst these developments, EuroSTOXX 50 futures gained, while Nasdaq and S&P 500 futures remained relatively unchanged.

Meanwhile, traders are monitoring the yen for further volatility following last week’s suspected intervention by Japanese authorities to curb its sharp decline. The yen retraced some gains on Monday but remains under scrutiny, as highlighted by concerns raised by economic leaders of South Korea, Japan, and China regarding heightened foreign exchange market volatility.

In commodities, Brent futures and U.S. crude futures edged higher, while gold prices also saw an increase. The dollar held steady against major currencies, with the euro and sterling experiencing slight declines.

Overall, market sentiment remains positive amid expectations of Fed rate cuts and signs of economic recovery in China, despite lingering concerns over currency volatility and geopolitical tensions.

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