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Global Markets Wrap: Stocks Push Higher After UK Reversal, S&P Rally

Updated: 18 Oct 2022, 08:31 AM IST
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The Japanese yen paused in its run toward the closely watched 150 per dollar level, which has investors on high alert for possible intervention. Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said he was watching market moves with a sense of urgency.

People walk across a bridge with a stocks indicator board in the financial district of Lujiazui in Shanghai on October 17, 2022. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

People walk across a bridge with a stocks indicator board in the financial district of Lujiazui in Shanghai on October 17, 2022. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

(Bloomberg) -- Stocks in Asia rebounded after the S&P 500 closed above a key technical level and the UK reversed more of its unfunded tax cuts, bolstering global market sentiment.

A gauge of the region’s equities rose, led by technology stocks in Hong Kong. Shares of Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD Co. jumped more than 6% on an expected surge in third-quarter profit, putting other vehicle makers in the country in focus.

The Japanese yen paused in its run toward the closely watched 150 per dollar level, which has investors on high alert for possible intervention. Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said he was watching market moves with a sense of urgency.

A Bloomberg gauge of the dollar declined for a second day as most major currencies clawed back some of their recent losses. Treasury yields edged lower.

Chinese junk dollar bonds dropped to a record low, as a property crisis sparked by a crackdown on excessive borrowing and a slide in home sales show few signs of turning around without more policy steps.

China’s decision to delay the publication of key economic data including third-quarter gross domestic product may inject a note of caution to trading in the region. The Communist Party congress provided few signs of a let up in China’s Covid-zero and property-market policies that are weighing on the economy. 

Government bond yields in New Zealand jumped after inflation remained stronger than expected, underscoring risks to markets from persistently high consumer prices even in countries at the vanguard in tightening monetary policy. 

The latest US recession probability models by Bloomberg economists Anna Wong and Eliza Winger forecast a higher probability of such an event across all time frames -- with the 12-month estimate of a downturn by October 2023 hitting 100%. That’s up from 65% for the comparable period in the previous update.

Amid debate about when stocks might find a bottom, Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson wrote that the rout which took the S&P 500 to test a “serious floor of support” could lead to a technical recovery. The strategist, who’s one of Wall Street’s most-prominent bearish voices, said he “would not rule out” the measure rising to about 4,150. That’s 13% above current levels.

Still, Wells Fargo Investment Institute expects to see further challenges to company profits. “Our earnings estimates have been below the consensus for quite some time,” global strategist Gary Schlossberg said on Bloomberg Television. “We think that there’s still some further downward revisions to come.”

Elsewhere in markets, oil rose after Monday’s choppy session as investors weighed signs of a tight market against concerns over a global economic slowdown. Gold was steady and Bitcoin continued to traded below $20,000.

 

First Published: 18 Oct 2022, 08:31 AM IST