Asia-Pacific markets mixed as Japan stocks see second day of losses

Asia-Pacific markets mixed as Japan stocks see second day of losses
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India’s Central Bank Chief Warns Next Financial Crisis Will Come From Private Cryptocurrencies

The next financial crisis will come from private cryptocurrencies, Shaktikanta Das, the governor of India’s central bank, said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the BFSI Insight Summit 2022 hosted by Business Standard, Das said he remains adamant that cryptocurrencies should be banned, adding that they have no underlying value and pose risks to macroeconomic and financial stability.

Bitcoin was last higher by about 0.24% at $16,840, according to Coin Metrics. ether rose 14% to $1,211.77.

—Charmaine Jacob

Japan 2-year bond yield briefly hits zero for the first time since 2015

The yield on 2-year Japanese government bonds briefly rose above zero for the first time since 2015 in Wednesday morning trading. The note gained 2.7 basis points to sit just below the flat line.

Japan 2-year bond yield rises above zero for first time since 2015

The 10-year JGB yield rose more than 3 basis points to 0.451%, also hitting 2015 highs, while the 30-year JGB yield rose 2 basis points to trade at 1.6%.

Yields move inversely to price, and one basis point equals 0.01%.

—Jihye Lee

HKEX opens a New York office to boost its international reach

The Hong Kong stock exchange operator opened its New York office in a bid to expand its international reach and grow its global client base.

The new office of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) will promote its connectivity with mainland Chinese markets and its liquid primary and secondary cash markets, it said.

“At HKEX, we are completely focused on supporting the growth ambitions of our clients around the world,” said HKEX CEO Nicolas Aguzin.

“We look forward to deepening our relationships with investors, companies and risk managers throughout the region, connecting capital with opportunity and East with West,” he added.

About 41% of Hong Kong cash stock market trading volume is attributed to international investors. HKEX currently has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore.

—Lee Yingshan

Bank shares in Tokyo rise again as broader index falls

The Japanese yen is stronger in more than four months

The Japanese yen strengthened further overnight after the Bank of Japan announced the widening of its yield curve control band.

The currency strengthened by more than 5% against the Australian dollar and the New Zealand dollar, while it strengthened by more than 3% against the US dollar.

The yen strengthened after the Bank of Japan announced the expansion of its control band of the yield curve

CNBC Pro: Fund manager says recession ‘imminent’, names cheap stocks to play

Market watchers are increasingly worried about the impending recession, and fund manager Steven Glass is no exception.

In this context, he says he is focusing on companies with earnings visibility that are trading at attractive valuations.

His picks include a Big Tech name that he says is “extremely cheap” with “huge margin potential.”

Professional subscribers can read more here.

—Zavier Ong

Stocks hold gains, break 4-day losing streak

The shares posted a gain on Tuesday, snapping a four-day losing streak.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 92.47 points, or 0.28%, to close at 32,850.01. The S&P 500 gained 0.11% to 3,821.73, while the Nasdaq Composite added 0.01% to close at 10,547.11.

—Carmen Reinicke

Bank of Japan is more aggressive sooner than expected, notes

The Surprise policy change from the Bank of Japan triggered a rise in interest rates globally, as investors reacted to more evidence that central bankers around the world will continue to push interest rates higher.

“It definitely came as a surprise. I don’t think anyone expected it,” said Ben Jeffrey, rates strategist at BMO. The Japanese central bank moved earlier than expected to tighten policy. The BOJ changed its yield curve policy to allow the 10-year Japanese government bond yield to move 50 basis points to either side of its zero target rate, up from 25 basis points.

The announcement sent rates up around the world as Japanese Government Bond (JGB) yields rose to 7-year highs. Rates move against yield. The US 10-year bond jumped 3.68%.

“They were definitely last to stay in terms of being moderate, and now they’re still moderate, but less so,” Jeffrey said. “Obviously JGBs and fixed income are bearish globally, but over the longer term it should help the yen, making Treasuries more attractive to Japanese investors next year.”

–Patti Domm

Expect a more challenging environment ahead, says Atlantic Equities

Atlantic Equities analysts anticipate a more challenging environment for the global consumer in 2023.

“Inflation may have peaked broadly, but input costs remain high and companies will look to at least hold, if not take higher prices in some cases,” analyst Edward Lewis said in a note. on Tuesday. “That may become more challenging as elasticity levels begin to normalize with US retailers starting to push prices down, in line with European peers throughout the year.”

He singled out Coke and Pepsi as some of his favorite consumer picks, citing “category momentum, continued investment and strong execution that support strong growth.”

—Tanaya Macheel

The stock market has lost $11.7 trillion so far this year

It’s been a tough year for stocks, which are currently in a bear and down market year to date.

From the annual market high on January 3 through this morning, US stocks have lost $11.7 trillion in market capitalization, according to data from the Bespoke Group.

“The top draw was $13.6 trillion at the Sept. 30 low, so we’ve seen market capitalization rise by just under $2 trillion since then,” the analysts wrote on Tuesday. “In dollar terms, this drawdown has been more extreme than anything investors have experienced. That’s pretty deflationary if you ask us!”

Of the $11.7 trillion, more than $5 trillion in losses came from just five companies: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, and Tesla.

—Carmen Reinicke

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