World stocks look to extend bull run to 12th day on economic optimism

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global shares held agency on Tuesday, with a stable basis in place to extend their bull run to a 12th consecutive session as optimism concerning the world economic recovery and expectations of low rates of interest drive investments into riskier belongings.

Oil costs soared to a 13-month excessive as a deep freeze due to a extreme snow storm within the United States not solely boosted energy demand but additionally threatened oil manufacturing in Texas.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outdoors Japan ticked up 0.1% whereas Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.4% to a 30-year excessive.

The mainland Chinese markets will stay closed for Lunar New Year by means of Wednesday whereas Wall Street was additionally closed on Monday.

S&P500 futures traded 0.5% greater to a report stage and MSCI’s all nation world index (ACWI), which has risen each single day up to now this month, ticked up barely.

“Global markets have started the week higher as investors remain confident that the pandemic will soon give way to an economic boom,” wrote Mihir Kapadia, chief govt of Sun Global Investments in London.

“Unless any drastic moves take place this week, we could expect equity markets to remain strong.”

Successful rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines in lots of international locations are elevating hopes of additional recovery in economic actions hampered by vary of anti-virus curbs.

U.S. President Joe Biden is pushing forward together with his plan to pump an additional $1.9 trillion in stimulus into the financial system, in an additional increase to market sentiment.

“The pace of the market’s rally has been pretty fast but there’s no denying that it’s pretty comfortable time for stocks with expectations of low interest rates helping inflows to stocks,” stated Masahiro Ichikawa, chief strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management.

The bullish view on the financial system lifted bond yields, with the 10-year U.S. Treasuries gaining 5 foundation factors to 1.252% in early Asian commerce, its highest since late March.

Investors are wanting to the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s January meeting, due to be printed on Wednesday, for affirmation of its dedication to preserve its dovish coverage stance over the close to future. That in flip is about to maintain a tab on bond yields.

But some analysts say buyers ought to maintain a cautious eye on bond yields.

“If U.S. bond yields keep rising, that could start to unsettle stocks,” stated Sumitomo Mitsui Asset’s Ichikawa.

Oil costs soared to their highest in about 13 months as a U.S. winter storm added gasoline to their rally on hopes of additional demand recovery.

U.S. crude futures traded up 1.1% at $60.11 per barrel.

Prices have rallied over current weeks on tightening provides, largely due to manufacturing cuts from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers within the wider OPEC+ group of producers.

Rising oil costs supported commodity-linked currencies such because the Canadian greenback whereas safe-haven currencies together with the U.S. greenback took a again seat.

The British pound held agency at $1.3910, staying at its highest ranges since April 2018.

The offshore Chinese yuan hit a 2-1/2-year excessive of 6.4010 per greenback in a single day and final stood at 6.4032.

MSCI’s rising market foreign money index hit a report excessive as effectively.

The yen weakened to 105.36 per greenback, edging nearer to its four-month low of 105.765 set on Feb. 5. whereas the euro was little modified at $1.2129.

Bitcoin traded at $48,204, close to its report excessive of $49,715 hit on Sunday.


(Additional reporting by Tomo Uetake in Sydney; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

(Only the headline and movie of this report could have been reworked by the Business Standard employees; the remainder of the content material is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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