Most of Asia's stocks increase as markets focus on Chinese demonstrations

Most of Asia's stocks increase

TOKYO — As market concerns decreased following protests in China sparked by mounting public resentment over COVID-19 restrictions, Asian markets were generally higher on Tuesday.

While shares sank in Japan during early trade, benchmarks increased in Australia, South Korea, and China. Oil costs dropped.

According to government data issued on Tuesday, Japan's jobless rate for October remained at 2.6% from September. Separately, information made public by another ministry revealed a marginal rise in the ratio of open positions to job seekers, which now stands at 1.35. For ten months, the growth has persisted.

In anticipation of a large influx of tourists returning to Japan, hiring increased. The reopening of borders that were essentially shut during the coronavirus pandemic coincides with Japan becoming a more popular tourist destination due to the weakening of the yen against the dollar and other major currencies.

Early trade saw the Nikkei 225 of Japan decline 0.5% to 28,016.27. The S&P/ASX 200 index for Australia increased by about 0.1% to 7,233.50. The Kospi in South Korea increased 0.3% to 2,415.76. The Shanghai Composite increased by 0.6% to 3,096.54 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng increased by 1.8% to 17,612.25 points.

Recent protests in China have dampened market confidence, but several analysts suggested that calm may return in the following days. With lockdowns that frequently endanger the global supply chain, the "zero COVID" policy has crippled the second-largest economy in the world.

Yeap Jun Rong, market strategist at IG, stated that the absence of any obvious escalation in protests "may help to bring some peace to markets."

According to Sam Stovall, chief investment analyst at CFRA, the disturbance has increased concerns on Wall Street that if Chinese leader Xi Jinping intensifies his crackdown on dissidents there or broadens the lockdowns, it might weaken the Chinese economy and harm oil prices and global economic growth.

He claimed that "many people are concerned about the consequences and are essentially using that as a pretext to extract some recent earnings."

More than 90% of the S&P 500's stocks ended the day in the red, with technology companies making up the majority of the market's weight. Lockdowns in China have severely hurt Apple's ability to produce iPhones, which caused a 2.6% decline.

Among the greatest market laggards were banks and industrial stocks. JPMorgan dropped 1.7%, while Boeing dropped 3.7%.

As the Chinese gambling paradise of Macao conditionally renewed its licenses, several casino companies gained ground. Wynn Resorts increased 4.4%, while Las Vegas Sands increased 1.1%.

The effects of the demise of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX persisted. BlockFi, a cryptocurrency lender, has submitted a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Coinbase Global, a cryptocurrency exchange, dropped 4%, and the cost of Bitcoin dropped 2.1%.

To reach 3,963.94, the S&P 500 dropped 62.18 points, or 1.5%. To reach 33,849.46, the Dow lost 497.57 points, or 1.4%. The heavily tech-focused Nasdaq fell 176.86 points, or 1.6%, to finish the day at 11,049.50.

After a holiday-shortened week that featured nothing in the way of business news or economic data, Wall Street is already in recovery mode. As they continue to track the fastest inflation in decades and its effects on consumers, businesses, and monetary policy, investors will have a busier week ahead of them.

Concerns about the Federal Reserve's capacity to control inflation by raising interest rates without going too far and sparking a recession remain high. The benchmark interest rate set by the central bank is now between 3.75% and 4%, up from nearly zero in March. It has cautioned that in order to control rising prices for everything from food to clothing, rates may ultimately need to be raised to previously unforeseen levels.

On Wednesday, Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, will give a speech at the Brookings Institution on the prospects for the American economy and labor market.

On Tuesday, the Conference Board will present its November Consumer Confidence Index. By doing so, it may be possible to learn more about how consumers have been faring in the face of high costs and how they want to spend over the upcoming holiday shopping season and into 2023.

This week, the government will release a number of data on the job market that could provide Wall Street with new information about one of the economy's strongest sectors. On Wednesday, a report on job opportunities and employee turnover for October will be made public. On Thursday, a report on weekly jobless claims will be made public. On Friday, the highly anticipated monthly data on the labor market will be made public.

Benchmark U.S. oil prices in the energy market dropped 17 cents to $77.07 a barrel. The benchmark crude, Brent, fell 5 cents to $83.14 a barrel.

The American dollar dropped from 138.90 yen to 138.77 yen in currency trading. It now cost $1.0358 for a euro, up from $1.0344.

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