The US dollar is heading for the best week in three. The market sentiment is mixed as optimism about the global economic recovery was outshined by increasing tensions between the West and China.
China’s March services activity accelerates to 14-month maximum in a further sign of recovery
In March, activity in China's services sector rallied to a 14-month maximum because demand improved abroad and at home, a private business poll revealed on Wednesday, thus contributing to signs that government stimulus measures are gradually coming into effect.
However, experts cautioned that it’s too early to ascertain if the Chinese economy has turned the corner, with numerous companies cautious on whether there’ll be much improvement in 2019 or not.
Eventually, the Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers' index ascended to 54.4 that appears to be the highest value since January 2018 and also up from February's reading of 51.1. By the way, the 50-mark that separates contraction from ascend.
Survey respondents told that activity was being backed by firmer demand, fresh state policies as well as improved access to financing.
The findings turned out to be mostly in line with those of an official indicator on the non-manufacturing sector published on Sunday that revealed services activity tacked on in March because new orders rallied more rapidly. In particular, construction demonstrated strength, probably reflecting government attempts to fast-track more infrastructure projects to back domestic demand.
Additionally, both official as well as private manufacturing polls suddenly got back to surge in March, driving expectations that China's downturn might be bottoming out.
The private services poll revealed that total orders headed north to 14-month maximum, with solid surge in export sales for the country’s service providers.
However, surge in operating costs kept outpacing prices charged by services businesses, gauging constant pressure on their revenue margin.
Eventually, business confidence tacked on, although stayed weaker than longer-term trends. 18% of respondents hoped business activity would be higher in a year.
Rising yields, potential US tax hikes, and inflation fears worry investors. As a result, the market sentiment is risk-off. Stocks are falling, while the USD and the JPY are edging higher.
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