Asian markets drop but pare losses after China data

Asian markets drop but pare losses after China data. Asian markets fell Tuesday but pared early losses after data showed China’s economy grew far more than expected in the first quarter as activity resumed after three years of painful zero-Covid measures.The blockbuster 4.5 percent expansion, along with above-forecast retail sales, revived optimism for an economic recovery in the country after its worst performance in decades last year.

Asian markets drop but pare losses after China data

The figures are the first snapshot since 2019 of a Chinese economy unencumbered by public health restrictions, which included months-long city-wide lockdowns that brought large parts of the country to a standstill.However, while the readings bode well for the world’s second-biggest economy, inflation data last week showed consumer activity remained sluggish, suggesting the recovery could still take time.Investors also continue to fret over Federal Reserve plans to hike interest rates as officials try to rein in US inflation, with top policymakers seeming to be split over how many more increases are needed.

Wall Street’s three main indexes ended slightly higher in muted trade as investors there awaited the release of fresh earnings following broadly positive results from banking giants including JPMorgan and Citigroup.A surprise jump in a closely watched index tracking New York state manufacturing added to the buying sentiment, while the VIX Index of market volatility dipped below 17 to its lowest since the start of last year.

Asian markets drop but pare losses after China data

“The subtle yet positive data beat goes on after last week’s highlight reel was almost uniformly hopeful, including progress on inflation, better growth than expected, the possibility of fewer rate hikes, and some constructive big bank earnings,” said SPI Asset Management’s Stephen Innes.

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But after a healthy run-up Monday, Asia struggled, though the China data provided a little boost.Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Taipei and Manila all dipped though Tokyo and Jakarta edged up.Focus now turns to the release of fresh US earnings this week from big-ticket names including Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Johnson & Johnson, Netflix, Tesla, Ericsson and Nokia.”Earnings season is having its best start since 2012 as around 90 percent of S&P 500 companies are delivering earnings beats,” said OANDA’s Edward Moya.

 

Asian markets drop but pare losses after China data

 

“Pessimism was so high that earnings have been revised so low that everyone is beating.”However, traders will still be nervously watching the reports from the financial sector following last month’s banking turmoil that saw three regional US lenders go under and Credit Suisse taken over.”The focus on the hundreds of regional banks reporting in coming days will be firmly on the extent of deposit outflows relative to street expectations,” said Ray Attrill at National Australia Bank.- Key figures around 0245 GMT –

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 0.6 percent at 28,675.32 (break)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 0.7 percent at 20,643.29

Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 0.1 percent at 3,382.32

Euro/dollar: UP at $1.0934 from $1.0930 on Monday

Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2384 from $1.2376

Dollar/yen: UP at 134.54 yen from 134.46 yen

Euro/pound: UP at 88.30 pence from 88.29 pence

West Texas Intermediate: UP 2.0 percent at $81.00 per barrel

Brent North Sea crude: UP 0.2 percent at $84.92 per barrel

New York – Dow: UP 0.3 percent at 33,987.18 (close)

London – FTSE 100: UP 0.1 percent at 7,879.51 (close)

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