Asia Pacific markets were mixed as US inflation data remains in the spotlight

The Bank of Japan is reviewing the side effects of monetary easing, according to local press

The Yomiuri local newspaper reported that the Bank of Japan will study the side effects of monetary easing at its policy meeting next week.

“This is because the market interest rate remained distorted even after the policy adjustment at the end of last year,” Yomiuri wrote.

central bank Last month’s bear yield curve widened to 10 years Japanese Treasuries fell to 0.5% either side of their 0% target, up from the previous range of 0.25%.

the Japanese Yen The past strengthened by 0.63% to settle at 131.65 per dollar.

– Lee Ying Chan

China’s CPI rose 1.8% in December

Inflation in China accelerated to 1.8% in December from a year ago as food prices rose, Data from the National Bureau of Statistics show up.

“The prices of fresh vegetables and fruits increased by 7.0% and 4.7%, respectively,” the report stated.

The CPI number came in in line with Reuters expectations and higher than the previous month’s reading of 1.6%.

The reading was also flat with the November reading, improving from a decline of 0.2%.

China’s producer price index fell 0.7% in December from a year ago, worse than expectations for a 0.1% decline.

– Lee Ying Chan

CNBC Pro: This global stock exchange is undervalued and offers a ‘very good’ entry point for investors, says superior fund strategist

Global stock exchange shares are trading at a “very good” entry point for investors after the recent decline in the company’s stock, according to a fund strategist.

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Hannah Gutch-Peters, global equity investment analyst at Sanlam Investments, said the stock market had performed well in the past year due to volatility in fixed-income markets and higher spot prices for commodities.

Gooch-Peters, who is part of the team behind Sanlam’s high-quality global superior fund, said the company was an attractive long-term investment because of its large repeat business model.

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– Ganesh Rao

Australia’s trade surplus for November exceeded expectations

Australia reported a Trade surplus of 13.2 billion Australian dollars (about $9.1 million) for the month of November, beating Reuters forecast by A$10.4 billion.

The November figure also marks an increase from October’s trade surplus of A$12.74 billion.

Australia’s imports fell 1.5% in November compared to October, while exports fell 0.4%.

– Lee Ying Chan

CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley Names Its Top Pick in Chinese Tech — and Gives It Over 70% Rise

China’s tech sector has been under pressure in recent years, thanks to regulatory measures and fallout from the country’s coronavirus policy.

But Wall Street is giving Chinese tech stocks some love again, and Morgan Stanley has named it a “top pick” in the sector.

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– Xavier Ong

Cryptocurrency is trading higher as Binance announces a hiring spree

Cryptocurrency gained after Binance announced cryptocurrency trading It plans to increase its staff by between 15% and 30%. in 2023.

bitcoin It was 2.78% higher at $17,932.69, according to data from Coin Metrics. ether It rose in last trading by 3.86%, to stand at $1,388.98.

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The Binance movement stands in contrast to competitors such as CoinbaseAnd A legendary sea monster And Hobbywhich has laid off large numbers of employees amid the cryptocurrency downturn.

– Lee Ying Chan

Stocks closed higher as investors prepare for an inflation reading on Thursday

Stocks closed higher on Wednesday as investors were optimistic ahead of Thursday’s CPI report.

the NASDAQ Composite It gained 1.8%, hitting a four-day streak. The tech-heavy index has not seen a rally this long since September.

the daw up more than 260 points, or 0.8%.

the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 1.3%. All of the index’s 11 broad sectors ended the day higher, led by the real estate sector, up 3.6%.

– Alex Haring

Natural gas declines not seen since 2021

natural gas It reached a low in Wednesday trading not seen since 2021.

The commodity fell 1.1% to $3,598.

It fell at one point to $3,442. This is a low not seen since June 24, 2021, when natural gas fell to $3,415.

Natural gas is down 18.9% since the beginning of 2023.

– Gina Francola, Alex Haring

The Fed’s barometer shows that inflation may be hotter than what you would expect on the street

Thursday’s consumer price index report may show that inflation is running faster than Wall Street expects, as measured by the Cleveland Fed.

central bank Real-time inflation tracker It indicates that the core CPI rose at a monthly pace of 0.1%, while the core index, excluding volatile food and energy prices, indicates a rise of 0.5%.

Both numbers are ahead of Dow Jones estimates of a 0.1% drop in the headline and a 0.3% gain on the core.

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On an annual basis, the Cleveland Fed model indicates gains of 6.6% and 5.9% for the core, compared to related Dow Jones estimates of 6.5% and 5.7%.

– Jeff Cox

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