Asian stocks conclude week on upbeat note

Asian stocks conclude week on upbeat note

On Friday, Asian equities mostly gained to conclude the trading week on an upbeat note because the Dow along with the S&P 500 had some of their midweek pullback reversed, while remarks from a Federal Reserve representative relived worries of speeding up rate lifts in 2018.

On Thursday, the American markets were nearly intact because the Dow gained 0.7%. As for the S&P 500, it ended up in the green and the Nasdaq declined 0.11%.

Japan’s CPI found itself in focus because the data disclosed that inflation tacked on 0.9% in January from 2017 versus a median market estimate of 0.8%. The report generated some uncertainty as for the economic outlook because it uncovered that the country’s inflation is still distant from the major bank’s 2% objective. The Japanese yen demonstrated minor reaction following the publication of the data, while the Nikkei rallied 0.62%.

Finance Minister Taro Aso’s remark attracted attention as he told that he was eager to have the national sales tax lifted as anticipated in October next year, from 8% to 10%. Takata Corp was closely watched too because the airbag producer managed to settle up to $650 million in claims.

On Friday, mainland Chinese markets showed mixed performance after both key indexes rallied more than 2% on Thursday.

The Shanghai Composite inched up 0.45%, Shenzhen Composite declined 0.24%.  

The Hang Seng Index pared some losses and edged up 1.1% in Hong Kong.

Next week South Korea’s Bank of Korea is braced for holding its major interest rate intact at 1.5%, as a poll disclosed, adding that the Asian country’s key financial institution is on course to have them lifted in May.

In Australia the S&P/ASX 200 extended its revenues from the morning and concluded 0.82% up, underpinned by the materials sector.

 

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