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Asia-Pacific shares trade mostly higher, Bank of Japan makes no change to yield targets

Soegeefx AppsAsia MarketAsia-Pacific shares trade mostly higher, Bank of Japan makes no change to yield targets

Lee Ying Shan

Asia-Pacific shares traded mostly higher even as the Bank of Japan announced no change to its yield curve control policy.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 climbed 0.62% and the Topix edged up 0.39%. The Japanese yen last stood at 130.33 against the U.S. dollar.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.46% and the Hang Seng Tech Index traded up 0.59%, reversing earlier losses. Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite was trading flat and the Shenzhen Component was up 0.11%.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 inched up 0.23%. The Kospi lost 0.59%, bucking the overall positive trend.

TICKER COMPANY NAME PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE
.N225 Nikkei 225 Index *NIKKEI 26301.86 163.18 0.62
.HSI Hang Seng Index *HSI 21674.09 96.45 0.45
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 *ASX 200 7393.9 7.6 0.1
.SSEC Shanghai *SHANGHAI 3224.08 -0.16 -0.01
.KS11 KOSPI Index *KOSPI 2359.53 -19.86 -0.83
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX *CNBC 100 8547.85 26.12 0.31

Overnight in the U.S., major stock indexes slid as investors struggled to build on the early 2023 momentum.

Gaming shares jump after China grants license approvals

Hong Kong listed gaming stocks rose after China granted license approvals for 88 games, amongst which include NetEase, Tencent Holdings and miHoYo, marking a further easing of Beijing’s gaming crackdown.

Shares of NetEase jumped as high as 6.81% in early trade, notching its highest in more than four months. Tencent stocks added 0.11%.

–Lee Ying Shan

Bank of Japan likely to lift yield curve control another 50 basis points: UBS

Japan’s central bank is likely to broaden its 10-year treasury yield curve control range by another 50 basis points to a range of 1% below and above its 0% target, UBS Global Wealth Management executive director Tan Teck Leng said.

“The scenario of a completely abandonment of the YCC is unlikely,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia,” adding a move would be “uncharacteristic” of the central bank.

“I think the easiest for them to do is remove the cap, let it find fair value – but then again it comes to very big uncertainties, which is why we think that, as a middle ground, they have to at least raise it to a 1.0% cap,” he said.

The yield on the 10-year Japanese Government Bonds exceeded the upper ceiling of its band for a 5th straight session on Wednesday morning ahead of the BOJ’s monetary policy announcement.

10-year Japanese Government Bond yields highest since 2014 Chart

– Jihye Lee

Japan’s core manufacturing orders for November slump more than expected

Japan’s private-sector manufacturing orders for November fell 8.3% compared to the previous month, according to official data.

The drop was significantly larger than Reuters’ expectations of a 0.9% decline. On an annualized basis, manufacturing orders fell 3.7%.

The private-sector machinery figures exclude orders from volatile ones for ships and electric power companies.

—Lee Ying Shan

CNBC Pro: Thinking of jumping back into Big Tech? This investor is wary of 2 stocks in particular

Investors have been getting back into tech stocks, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq leading all three major Wall Street indexes since the start of the year, rising over 6%.

But fund manager Trent Masters of Alphinity Investment Management isn’t convinced — and told CNBC Pro Talks last week which two Big Tech stocks might be worth avoiding for now.

— Weizhen Tan

CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley says cheaper EVs are coming — and names the global stocks set to benefit

As electric cars become increasingly popular, a new manufacturing technique that could make them more affordable is garnering interest, according to Morgan Stanley.

Some automakers are outsourcing the process which could benefit three leading Asian parts suppliers, said the Wall Street bank.

— Ganesh Rao

Stocks end the day mixed, Dow falls almost 400 points

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index fell to end the day, as Goldman Sachs shares weighed on the stock index.

The Dow lost 391.76 points, or 1.14%, to close at 33,910.85. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 3,990.97. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.14% to end the day at 11,095.11.

— Tanaya Macheel

Bank of America sees a later start to the recession

A recession probably won’t start now until later in 2023 as consumer spending has been stronger than expected and the Federal Reserve eases up on the intensify of its interest rate hikes, according to Bank of America.

“We push back the timing of our outlook for a mild recession in the US economy by about one quarter given durability in consumer spending on account of strong labor markets, excess saving, declining energy prices, and easier financial conditions,” the firm said in a client note. “That said, we think the headwinds will lead consumers to reduce spending and push the saving rate higher as the year progresses.”

That puts the recession into the second quarter, driven by a an investment-led slowdown leaking to consumer spending.

After pushing its benchmark borrowing rate up by 4.25 percentage points in 2022, the Fed is expected to ease back, with a 0.25 percentage point increase in February. That is forecast to be followed by additional quarter-point increases in March and May.

Rate cuts likely won’t come until 2024, the firm said.

—Jeff Cox

Goldman Sachs shares fall on earnings miss

Goldman Sachs shares declined 2.4% after the Wall Street investment bank shared fourth-quarter earnings results that missed analysts’ expectations on both the top and bottom lines.

The bank reported earnings of $3.32 per share on $10.59 billion in revenues. Consensus estimates called for earnings of $5.48 a share on revenues of $10.83 billion, according to analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.

Provisions for credit losses also came in slightly above expectations.

— Hugh Son, Samantha Subin

Source : cnbc

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