Market Talk – Thursday, Dec. 17

ASIA:

The major Asian stock markets had a mixed day today:

  • NIKKEI 225 increased 49.27 points or 0.18% to 26,806.67
  • Shanghai increased 37.89 points or 1.13% to 3,404.87
  • Hang Seng increased 218.09 points or 0.82% to 26,678.38
  • ASX 200 increased 77.50 points or 1.16% to 6,756.70
  • Kospi decreased 1.36 points or -0.05% to 2,770.43
  • SENSEX increased 223.88 points or 0.48% to 46,890.34
  • Nifty50 increased 58.00 points or 0.42% to 13,740.70

The major Asian currency markets had a mixed day today:

  • AUDUSD increased 0.00502 or 0.66% to 0.76189
  • NZDUSD increased 0.00374 or 0.53% to 0.71460
  • USDJPY decreased 036 or -0.35% to 103.12
  • USDCNY increased 0.00448 or 0.07% to 6.51408

Precious Metals:

  • Gold increased 21.43 USD/t oz. or 1.15% to 1,885.58
  • Silver increased 0.517 USD/t. oz or 2.04% to 25.853

Some economic news from last night:

Japan:

Foreign Bonds Buying decreased from 1,257.1B to 770.4B

Foreign Investments in Japanese Stocks increased from 42.3B to 159.9B

Singapore:

Non-Oil Exports (YoY) (Nov) decreased from -3.10% to -4.90%

Non-Oil Exports (MoM) (Nov) increased from -5.40% to 3.80%

Trade Balance decreased from 4.350B to 3.930B

Unemployment Rate (Q4) increased from 2.8% to 3.6%

Australia:

Employment Change (Nov) decreased from 178.8k to 90.0K

Full Employment Change (Nov) decreased from 97.0K to 84.2K

Participation Rate (Nov) increased from 65.8% to 66.1%

Unemployment Rate (Nov) decreased from 7.0% to 6.8%

New Zealand:

GDP (QoQ) (Q3) increased from -11.0% to 14.0%

GDP (YoY) (Q3) increased from -11.3% to 0.4%

GDP Annual Average (Q3) decreased from -1.7% to -2.2%

GDP Expenditure (QoQ) (Q3) increased from -9.5% to 15.6%

Some economic news from today:

Indonesia:

Deposit Facility Rate (Dec) remain the same at 3.00%

Lending Facility Rate (Dec) remain the same at 4.50%

Interest Rate Decision remain the same at 3.75%

Loans (YoY) (Nov) decreased from -0.47% to -1.39%

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