Lee Ying Shan
Asia-Pacific shares notched gains as investors look ahead to the U.S. consumer price index report Thursday. Economists expect inflation to have cooled in December, which could signal to the Federal Reserve that previous interest rates hikes have had their intended effects.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 traded up 0.59% in its first hour of trade.
The Nikkei 225 rose 0.22%, while the Topix climbed 0.21%. Similarly, the Kospi advanced 0.58% and the Kosdaq added 0.53%.
|.N225||Nikkei 225 Index||*NIKKEI||26461.34||15.34||0.06|
|.HSI||Hang Seng Index||*HSI||21436.05||0||0|
|.AXJO||S&P/ASX 200||*ASX 200||7275.8||80.5||1.12|
|.FTFCNBCA||CNBC 100 ASIA IDX||*CNBC 100||8381.04||44.29||0.53|
China and India’s inflation data for December are also slated for release. Australia will also report its trade data for November.
Overnight on Wall Street, major stock indexes closed higher. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect the inflation print to show that prices cooled by a modest 0.1% in December from November.
Cryptocurrencies trade higher as Binance announces hiring spree
Cryptocurrencies gained after crypto exchange Binance announced it is planning to increase its staff by between 15% and 30% in 2023.
Bitcoin was 2.78% higher at $17,932.69, according to data from Coin Metrics. Ether last traded 3.86% higher to stand at $1,388.98.
Binance’s move stands in contrast to rivals like Coinbase, Kraken and Huobi, which have laid off huge swathes of staff amid a crypto downturn.
—Lee Ying Shan
Stocks close higher as investors gear up for Thursday’s inflation reading
Stocks finished higher Wednesday as investors optimistically positioned ahead of Thursday’s CPI report.
The Nasdaq Composite gained 1.8%, notching a four-day streak. A rally with that length has not been seen in the tech-heavy index since September. The Dow ended up more than 260 points, or 0.8%.
The S&P 500 added 1.3%. All 11 of the broad index’s sectors ended the day up, led by real estate with a 3.6% gain.
— Alex Harring
Natural gas hits low not seen since 2021
Natural gas hit a low in Wednesday trading not seen since 2021.
The commodity slid 1.1% to $3.598. It fell at one point to $3.442. That’s a low not seen since June 24, 2021, when natural gas dropped to $3.415.
Natural gas has fallen 18.9% since the start of 2023.
— Gina Francolla, Alex Harring
Fed gauge shows inflation could be running hotter than the Street expects
Thursday’s consumer price index report could show inflation running at a hotter pace than Wall Street expects, according to a Cleveland Fed gauge.
The central bank’s Inflation Nowcasting tracker is pointing to headline CPI increasing at a 0.1% monthly pace, while core, excluding volatile food and energy prices, is indicating a 0.5% gain.
Both numbers are ahead of the Dow Jones consensus estimates for a decrease of 0.1% on headline and gain of 0.3% on core.
On an annual basis, the Cleveland Fed model is pointing to a 6.6% headline gain and 5.9% for core, compared to respective Dow Jones estimates of 6.5% and 5.7%.
Source : cnbc