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(Bloomberg) – Asian stocks stumble on the final straight of the day, discussing otherwise a solid week of profits.
Investors' anxiety rises again as the last round of trade talks in Beijing looks set to be completed without permission. In a series of meetings this week, both sides failed to narrow the gap in China's structural reforms, and there is likely to be a meeting between President Donald Trump and his colleague Xi Jinping to seal the deal, according to the United States and China. Officials familiar with discussions
As a result, the MSCI Asia Pacific index eliminated half of its weekly profits, and most markets in the region traded red in color like South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. The longer the talks are with the US-China talks, the more doubts are being returned among Asian investors after stocks in the region increased by about 1
"It's unlikely that China will change course in three months," Nader Naimi, head of dynamic markets with AMP Capital Investors Ltd., said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. "While there is no clarity and closure, uncertainty will remain, and economic data is likely to feel pressure."
This is certainly true for both sides, since the numbers overnight have shown that US retail sales have fallen unexpectedly in more than nine decades. December, while the last reading for Chinese factory prices on Friday showed the slowdown of the seventh month of the month. Bloomberg economists have lowered the US estimate for 2018 to 3% from 3.2% after an unexpected retail outturn.
However, investors have not thrown a towel yet. Keep in mind that the MSCI Asia Pacific Index is still targeting a sixth weekly gain of six, and its 30-day volatility is at its lowest level since August. The sensor managed to hold above the 100-day moving average since January 25, a decent stretch after repeated failure of maintaining this level last year.
Investors are rated as the best scenario for US-China trade negotiations, "said Hanna Anderson, world market strategist with JPMorgan (NYSE 🙂 Asset Management. Expectations for a comprehensive deal have been reduced to more modest expectations that the United States will not raise or apply more tariffs, reflecting "the aspirations of markets tired after a year of trade headings, moving trade issues to the background."
The current season of earnings can help divert investors' attention. In Asia, HSBC Holdings Plc (LON 🙂 and Hang Seng Bank Ltd. will take center stage next week and Walmart (NYSE 🙂 Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. US earnings [19659004
Stock market briefing
- MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.8% to 0.6% weekly gain
- The Japanese index fell by 0.8%; declined by 1.2%
- in Hong Kong by 1.6%; Hang Seng China Enterprises declined by 1.8%; decreased by 0.6%; CSI 300 declined by 0.9%
- Taiwan's Taiex index slightly changed
- South Korea's Kospi index fell by 1.5%; Kospi 200 dropped by 1.8%
- Australia increased by 0.2%; New Zealand S & P / NZX 50 declined by 0.4%
- Indian index S & P fell by 0.3%; NSE Nifty 50 dropped by 0.4%
- The Singapore index in the Straits Times dropped by 0.4%; KLCI Malaysia has not changed much; The Philippine Stock Exchange index has changed little; Jakarta Composite down 0.4%; Thai SET declined by 0.3%; The GNP index in the United States has changed little
- by 0.3% after the index closed at 0.3% in the last session