5 Stocks To Buy As Asian Markets Flirt With Record Highs

On Nov 9, Asia’s stocks gave up some of their early gains after breaching a decade-old record, early in the trading session. The Nikkei 225 also raced passed its highest level in nearly 25 years before ending the day lower, likely due to profit taking. Despite a slightly underwhelming outcome for Asia’s markets by the end, the day’s events still serve to illustrate the strength in the region’s equities.

A combination of factors, including rapid improvement in the global economy, encouraging earnings and soft monetary policies has been boosting Asia’s stocks over the current year. Given that most of these factors remain in place, it makes good sense to bet on stocks from Asia at this time.

Earnings Growth, Global Economic Recovery Powering Asia’s Stocks

During the year, key economies across the world. The largest contributions have come from tech stocks, with the likes of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) and Tencent Holdings Limited (TCEHY), providing the biggest impetus to the MSCI Asia Pacific Index. The index briefly broke above the record set during November 2007, before closing the day only 0.2% higher.

Even so, the index is still up 27.2% year to date, ahead of several of the world’s key benchmarks. For instance, the S&P 500 has gained around 16% during the same period while the STOXX 600 has increased nearly 20% in U.S. dollar terms.

Further, the recovery in developed economies has benefited the export oriented countries of Asia. According to Bloomberg, companies listed on the MSCI Asia Pacific index are projected to post average earnings growth of 13% during the current quarter. This is nearly twice as much as projections for the S&P 500, despite the fact that the index has breached several milestones this year.

Hang Seng, Kospi, Nikkei Among Region’s Big Winners

The Nikkei 225 briefly moved above the 23,000 mark for the first time in 25 years before ending the day 0.2% lower. Encouraging earnings results and a resilient economy have helped Japan’s benchmark index breach multiple records over this year. The softening of the Yen and prime minister Abe’s resounding victory in the recently held snap poll have added to the factors powering the index consistently higher. Meanwhile, other benchmarks across the region, ranging from India to South Korea are also lingering close to record levels.

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