Stocks Mixed With China Lockdowns, Fed in Focus: Markets Wrap
Bloomberg · 22 Nov 2022 1.2K Views

(Bloomberg) -- Stocks were mixed in Asia amid fragile sentiment as investors weighed the impact of Covid infections in China and parsed comments from Federal Reserve officials on interest rate hikes.

A gauge of Asian equities came off its intraday highs as equities in Hong Kong slid with China’s daily virus infections climbing to near the highest on record. Covid-control restrictions now affect a fifth of China’s economy.

Japanese shares led gains in the region, supported by weakness in the yen, while the Australian market followed energy and materials companies higher. US futures made small gains after technology stocks, which are typically more sensitive to interest rates, dragged the S&P 500 lower Monday.

Fed officials have broadly maintained their steadfast stance to fight against inflation. Yet San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly also said that officials need to be mindful of the lags in the transmission of policy changes while her Cleveland counterpart Loretta Mester said she’s open to slowing the tempo of rate hikes.

“In a year like this, it is so difficult and often a fool’s errand to read too much into any one speech from one Federal Reserve official,” Sarah Ponczek, financial adviser at UBS Private Wealth Management, said on Bloomberg Television. “The reality is that we do expect that the Federal Reserve is still likely going to raise interest rates again in December.”

The dollar fell after advancing Monday amid appetite for haven assets. Government bond-yield curves flattened in Australia and New Zealand with gains in short-maturity rates, following similar moves in the US Monday. Treasury yields declined Tuesday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategist Marko Kolanovic, who until recently had been one of the most vocal bulls on Wall Street, said risky assets may languish until the Fed reverses course on its hawkish campaign to raise interest rates. A near-term pivot is likely not in the cards and JPMorgan expects assets to still be “rangebound with a more pronounced downside risk.”

Meanwhile, China reopening may only be a story for the second quarter of next year as the country is entering winter months, according to Dwyfor Evans, head of Asia Pacific macro strategy at State Street Global Markets.

“To actually expect a very conservative political body to suddenly open up China and remove restrictions in November and into the most dangerous season as it were for these type of pandemic instances, we always thought that was very, very optimistic,” Evans said on Bloomberg Television.

Oil steadied around $80 per barrel as investors assessed a clouded supply outlook and concerns over weaker demand in China. Gold rose.

Key events this week:

  • US Richmond Fed manufacturing index, Tuesday

  • OECD releases Economic Outlook, Tuesday

  • Fed’s Loretta Mester and James Bullard speak, Tuesday

  • S&P Global PMIs: US, Euro area, UK, Wednesday

  • US MBA mortgage applications, durable goods, initial jobless claims, University of Michigan sentiment, new home sales, Wednesday

  • Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s Nov. 1-2 meeting, Wednesday

  • ECB publishes account of its October policy meeting, Thursday

  • US stock and bond markets are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday

  • US stock and bond markets close early, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures rose 0.1% as of 2:24 p.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% Monday

  • Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.1%. Nasdaq 100 fell 1.1%

  • Euro Stoxx 50 futures rose 0.2%

  • Japan’s Topix index rose 1.2%

  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.9%

  • China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.6%

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.6%


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1%

  • The euro was little changed at $1.0252

  • The Japanese yen rose 0.2% to 141.80 per dollar

  • The offshore yuan rose 0.3% to 7.1594 per dollar


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 3.82%

  • Australia’s 10-year yield advanced one basis point to 3.60%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.4% to $80.33 a barrel

  • Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,743.75 an ounce

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