Asia markets trade lower ahead of Federal Reserve’s expected rate hike

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Abigail Ng

Shares in the Asia-Pacific opened lower Wednesday, following Wall Street’s negative lead ahead of the Federal Reserve’s expected rate hike.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan dropped 1.31%, while the Topix index fell 1.23%. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 slipped 1.4%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 1.25%, and the Hang Seng Tech index dropped 2.1%. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite lost 0.56% and the Shenzhen Component was 0.9% lower.

South Korea’s Kospi declined 0.9%. MCSI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed around 1%.

.N225 Nikkei 225 Index *NIKKEI 27328.63 -359.79 -1.3
.HSI Hang Seng Index *HSI 18458.23 -323.19 -1.72
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 *ASX 200 6709.6 -96.8 -1.42
.SSEC Shanghai *SHANGHAI 3105.02 -17.38 -0.56
.KS11 KOSPI Index *KOSPI 2345.33 -22.52 -0.95
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX *CNBC 100 7423.78 -117.1 -1.55

“A sourer tone took hold over the past 24 hours, with equities lower and haven currencies, including the dollar, stronger,” Taylor Nugent, economist at National Australia Bank, wrote in a Wednesday note.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 313.45 points, or 1.01%, to 30,706.23. The S&P 500 slid 1.13% to 3,855.93 and the Nasdaq Composite slumped 0.95% to 11,425.05. The dollar index strengthened above the 110 level.

— CNBC’s Samantha Subin and Jesse Pound contributed to this report.

Oil prices rise as investors brace for more Fed rate hikes

Oil prices rose slightly after shedding in earlier trade on Wednesday ahead of an expected aggressive rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

Brent crude futures rose 0.23% to stand at $90.83 per barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate also gained 0.17% to $84.10 per barrel.

“The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects oil output in the seven major U.S. oil and gas basins to lift modestly in September,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia analyst Vivek Dhar wrote in a note.

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European businesses are rethinking their China plans

European businesses in China increasingly face an environment in which “ideology trumps the economy,” the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said in its annual position paper released Wednesday.

Joerg Wuttke, president of the business group, said this year’s Covid controls have turned China into a “closed” and “distinctively different” country that might prompt companies to leave.

Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country has “continued to respond to Covid-19 and promote economic and social development in a well-coordinated way,” according to a paraphrase of his remarks shared by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

— Evelyn Cheng

Tencent Music Entertainment shares rise on Hong Kong debut

Hong Kong-listed shares of Tencent Music Entertainment ticked higher in early trade after its debut in the city. It was last at 18.12 Hong Kong dollars ($2.31), up from its issue price of 17.98 Hong Kong dollars.

The company’s New York-listed shares closed 0.44% lower at $4.56 on Tuesday.

Tencent Music chose to list by way of introduction, a shorter way to trade on a new exchange without raising more funds. The company joins the number of U.S.-listed Chinese companies that have debuted in Hong Kong as delisting risks rise due to tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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Asia shows signs of recovery but is slowed by China, Asian Development Bank says

The Asian Development Bank now sees growth of 4.3% in 2022 and 4.9% in 2023 for emerging Asian economies, according to the latest updates in its report.

The Manila-based lender slashed its forecasts for China to 3.3% in 2022 from its previous prediction of 4% revised in July, dragging down the wider region’s growth prospects.

Taiwan and South Korea, in particular, are likely to see a decline in export demand, Asian Development Bank Chief Albert Park told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia.”

—Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: Want to play the EV sector? Analysts say this lithium stock could soar 70%

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Fed should prioritize soft landing, says Lazard’s Temple

Even though the Federal Reserve is set to deliver its third consecutive 0.75 percentage point rate hike this week – tripling the pace of tightening – they should be careful not to throw the economy into a recession, said Ron Temple, head of U.S. Equity at Lazard Asset Management.

“Inflation is unacceptably high, and investors, politicians, and consumers are anxious, but patience is a virtue,” said Temple. “Monetary policy works with long and variable lags.”

He added that key drivers of inflation are already falling.

“The Fed should avoid the temptation to overreact to recent data and keep their eyes on the goal of achieving the softest landing possible,” he said.

—Carmen Reinicke

Source : CNBC

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