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ShreeMetalPrices: Asian stocks rise on prospects of US debt ceiling, Nikkei closes at 33-year high as G7 summit begans


The dollar hovered near a two-month high on Friday as Asian markets rallied and sentiment was buoyed by positive economic data and rising expectations for a compromise on the U.S. debt ceiling. Japan’s Nikkei index reached its best level in nearly 33 years.

The MSCI’s broadest indexes of Asia-Pacific stocks ex-Japan was up 0.20% in bumpy trade and was expected to gain 0.6 percent for the week. Its best performance in over a month.

The S&P/ASX 200 index in Australia increased by 0.66%. While the Nikkei continued to rise and reached its highest level since August 1990. When Japan was allegedly in a stock market bubble.

The Nikkei index rose 18% in the year, beating other major Asian markets. Because to a string of positive business results. A recovering economy, and revived interest from foreign traders following Warrant Buffett’s expanded investment.

U.S. shares increased overnight as a result of growing investor optimism that a compromise might be achieved soon regarding the debt ceiling negotiations for the United States. In Asian hours, S&P 500 E-mini futures increased by 0.17%.

After U.S. President Joe Biden returned from the Group of 7 conference in Japan on Sunday. He and the top Republicans in Washington, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, aim to conclude a deal on the debt ceiling.

According to Alexandre Tavazzi, heads of CIO office and macro analysis for Pictet Wealth Management. “What makes things more complex this year is that the Democrats and the Republicans are so far apart from each other… negotiations will take a long time because everyone is trying to get something out of those negotiations.”

Data released this week indicated that the Chinese economic lost momentum at the start of the second quarter, fueling concerns about the shaky post-COVID-19 recovery.

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The likelihood that the Federal Reserve would lower interest rates before the end of the year is decrease by overnight data. That revealed fewer Americans than anticipated filed initial unemployment claims last week.

Lorie Logan of the Dallas Federal Reserve and James Bullard of the St. Louis Federal Reserve both expressed concern that inflation was not declining quickly enough for the Fed to halt its programme of interest rate increases.

Since March 2022. The Fed has increased borrowing cost at each meeting, raising them from almost zero to a range of 5.00-5.25% as of this month’s first.

According to the CME FedWatch tool. Market are now price in a 36% likelihood of a 25 basis point raise at the Fed meeting next month, up from a 10 percent chance a week earlier.

Whether they should rise again or not is still a tough decision. According to Robert St Clair, head of investments strategy at Fullerton Fund The management in Singapore.

Although there are good indicators for all types of inflation. He stressed that services inflation is still a major sticking point. Things will continue to be drive by data.

Later in the day. Investors will analyse panel discussion remarks made by Fed Chair Jerome Powell to determine the likely course that the central bank will pursue.