Asia markets see mixed session ahead of private survey results on China’s services activity

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Abigail Ng

Shares in the Asia-Pacific traded mixed on Monday ahead of the results of the Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index, a private survey on China’s services activity.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 0.14% and the Topix slipped 0.2%. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200

rose 0.29%.

South Korea’s Kospi was about flat, and the Kosdaq added 0.44%. The MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.21%.

Oil prices rose 2% as OPEC+ stuck to its policy of lowering oil production and China relaxed some Covid rules.

.N225 Nikkei 225 Index *NIKKEI 27766.3 -11.6 -0.04
.HSI Hang Seng Index *HSI 18675.35 0 0
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 *ASX 200 7321.2 19.7 0.27
.SSEC Shanghai *SHANGHAI 3156.14 0 0
.KS11 KOSPI Index *KOSPI 2436.64 2.31 0.09
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX *CNBC 100 7984.91 -16.62 -0.21

In the U.S. on Friday, stocks fell after a strong jobs report but markets later focused on the possibility of smaller Fed hikes, and major indexes closed slightly lower.

Oil futures up 2% after OPEC+ holds steady and China reportedly eases some Covid restrictions

Oil futures rose after OPEC+ agreed to stick to its existing policy of reducing oil production ahead of Russia sanctions.

The European Union’s agreed price cap of $60 for Russian oil comes into effect Monday, though economists at National Bank of Australia say it’s “unclear what impact this will have on Russian exports and how Russia will respond.”

Separately, oil prices were lifted on the latest reports signaling China is further easing its Covid curbs.

Brent crude futures, stood at $87.53 a barrel, up 2.29% in Asia hours while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures, traded at $81.78 a barrel, up over 2.2%.

— Jihye Lee

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Stock futures tumble, bond yields rise on back of hotter-than-anticipated jobs data

Stock futures dropped while bond yields rose in response to the 8:30 a.m. jobs data that came in stronger than expected by economists.

Here’s how each major futures index and the notable bond yields moved over the course of the 30 minutes leading up to and following the release of the data:

Dow futures Chart

S&P 500 futures Chart

Nasdaq 100 futures Chart

2-year bond yield Chart

10-year bond yield Chart

— Alex Harring

U.S. payrolls jumped by 263,000 in November

Job growth was stronger than expected in November despite the Federal Reserve’s efforts to cool the labor market.

Nonfarm payrolls grew by 263,000 last month while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7%, according to the Labor Department on Friday.

Payroll numbers were expected to jump by 200,000 more jobs, according to consensus estimates from the Dow Jones. The unemployment rate was expected to remain at 3.7%.

Stock futures dropped following the payrolls release.

— Sarah Min

Source : CNBC

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