Tuesday 16th April 2024: Asian markets tumble amid global tensions | IC Markets


Global Markets:

  •  Asian Stock Markets : Nikkei down 1.88%, Shanghai Composite down 1.63%, Hang Seng down 2.31% ASX down 1.81%
  • Commodities : Gold at $2388.5 (0.06%), Silver at $28.47 (0.72%), Brent Oil at $90.3 (-0.38%), WTI Oil at $85.67 (-0.38%)
  • Rates : US 10-year yield at 4.65, UK 10-year yield at 4.26, Germany 10-year yield at 2.43

News & Data:

  • (USD) Core Retail Sales m/m 1.1% vs 0.5% expected
  • (USD) Retail Sales m/m 0.7% vs 0.4% expected

Markets Update:

In Asia-Pacific markets, concerns over Israel’s response to Iran’s recent air assault triggered a sell-off, with most major markets in the region dipping around 2%. China’s first-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations at 5.3%, compared to the forecasted 4.6%.

South Korea’s Kospi and Kosdaq plunged 2.37% and 2.24%, respectively, leading regional losses. Japan’s Nikkei 225 and Topix indices both tumbled over 2%, with the yen weakening against the U.S. dollar to its lowest level since June 1990.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 2.05%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and the CSI 300 fell by 1.93% and 1.18%, respectively, following GDP announcements.

In the U.S., stocks retreated as rising yields and Middle East tensions overshadowed strong Goldman Sachs earnings and retail sales data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average marked its sixth straight day of losses, shedding 0.65%, while the S&P 500 slipped 1.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite tumbled 1.79%. Higher rates also weighed on the market, with the 10-year Treasury yield reaching its highest level since mid-November.

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