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Indian Morning Briefing : Asian Markets Mostly Higher, Tracking Wall Street Gains

11/08/2021 | 10:16pm EST
DJIA              36432.22    104.27     0.29% 
Nasdaq            15982.36     10.77     0.07% 
S&P 500            4701.70      4.17     0.09% 
FTSE 100           7300.40     -3.56    -0.05% 
Nikkei Stock      29496.05    -11.00    -0.04% 
Hang Seng         24836.70     72.93     0.29% 
Kospi              2956.78     -3.42    -0.12% 
SGX Nifty*        18123.50     -14.0    -0.08% 
*Nov contract 
USD/JPY    113.03-04   -0.17% 
Range      113.29   113.02 
EUR/USD    1.1582-85   -0.03% 
Range      1.1592   1.1574 
CBOT Wheat Dec $7.680 per bushel 
Spot Gold  $1,824.75/oz 0.1% 
Nymex Crude (NY) $82.28  $1.01 

U.S. stocks closed at record highs, while Tesla shares fell after a Twitter poll run by Chief Executive Elon Musk urged him to sell a chunk of his stock.

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% as of 4 p.m. ET trading, hitting a record for the eighth consecutive trading session, a feat it hasn't accomplished since 1997.

The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite also ticked up 0.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.3%. Both indexes reached fresh records. Stocks have rallied in recent weeks on strong corporate earnings and signs that the economic recovery remains on track, including data showing a rebound in job growth in October.

The spate of upbeat earnings reports have helped offset concerns that mounting inflation could hurt corporate profits. About 81% of S&P 500 companies that have reported results this season have topped analysts' earnings forecasts, according to Refinitiv.


Japan's Nikkei Stock Average was up 0.5% at 29658.02, led by gains in tech and auto stocks, as hopes continued for an earnings recovery and fiscal stimulus. Earnings were in focus. Nissan Motor is set to report its results later in the day.

South Korea's Kospi rose 0.5% to 2974.00 in early trade, led by gains in machinery, financial and shipbuilding stocks. Wall Street's gains overnight on the House passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill last Friday were buoying investor sentiment. Construction-equipment makers advanced.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 0.3% to 24831.81 in morning trade, tracking Wall Street gains overnight. Property developers China Resources Land and Country Garden Holdings were both down more than 1.5%, as the sector turmoil sparked by Evergrande's debt woes continued. KGI Securities expects the HSI to trade range-bound, with initial resistance at 25000.

Chinese stocks were higher in early trade, with banks and baijiu makers broadly higher. Optimism about Covid-19 treatment developments and a further economic reopening were supporting sentiment even as China's current Covid-19 resurgence and real-estate industry problems remained in focus, IG said. The Shanghai Compsite Index was 0.2% higher at 3505.54, the Shenzhen Composite Index gained 0.3% to 2425.72 and the ChiNext Price Index rose 0.2% to 3388.08.


Most Asian currencies strengthened against USD on optimism that the U.S. economy will continue to recover strongly following the House passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill. There was optimism the infrastructure bill will drive new spending into the U.S. economy, boosting economically sensitive sectors, IG said. While markets are leaning toward taking on more risks, there appears to be a lingering sense of caution ahead of U.S. CPI data due Wednesday, IG added. USD/KRW fell 0.3% to 1,177.55 and USD/SGD edged 0.1% lower to 1.3467, while AUD/USD dropped 0.3% to 0.7405.


Gold was slightly higher in early Asia trade, and according to Goldman Sachs will likely find support from physical demand in emerging markets. Demand from emerging-market economies such as India and China remains strong due to rising inflation and a rebound in consumer purchasing power, the investment bank said. Central banks could also add to demand, with the Russian central bank beginning gold purchases again, Goldman Sachs said. Spot gold was 0.1% higher at $1,824.75 an ounce.


Oil edged higher in Asian trade amid expectations of a structurally undersupplied market in the face of supply rigidities and dwindling spare OPEC+ capacity, Goldman Sachs said. "The market is cyclically tight with risks to our year-end Brent target of $90/bbl skewed to the upside," the investment bank said. GS added that the U.S. crude oil market looked more balanced than Brent due to rising U.S. production and seasonally weak demand. It thus expects the WTI-Brent spread to widen. Front-month Brent was 0.2% higher at $83.56, while front-month WTI rose 0.1% to $82.05.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

11-08-21 2215ET

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