Asian stocks opened mixed as investors shrugged off a rebound in their U.S. counterparts from sharp losses, with trade and U.K. political concerns lingering. The pound held onto a slump after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a critical vote on a Brexit deal. Benchmarks in Japan nudged lower, while stocks rose in Australia from a two-year low and South Korean shares were little changed. U.S. futures declined even after the S&P 500 Index recovered from the lowest intraday level since April to finish higher, buoyed by rallies in Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The dollar maintained gains and Treasuries were little changed. In Asia, Indian assets face pressure after the surprise resignation of the central bank’s governor. Derivatives tipped a rupee plunge.
“The message that you get from today’s action and from Thursday and Friday is that you should expect more of this going forward,” Alicia Levine, BNY Mellon Investment Management chief strategist, said on Bloomberg TV. “We are expecting volatility and we are expecting more large moves both to the upside and the downside,” she said.
The markets are far from being out of the woods yet. Traders may need to steel themselves for the possibility of the U.K. leaving the European Union without a deal, adding to a litany of concerns that have frayed sentiment, chief among them simmering trade tensions and clarity on the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate path in 2019.
On the trade front, a bail decision is pending for the jailed chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Her arrest last week roiled global markets by raising concerns over prospects for U.S.-China talks.
Elsewhere, oil traded near its lowest in two weeks as doubts grew about whether OPEC and its allies can deliver enough output cuts to head off a glut.
Japan’s Topix index fell 0.3 percent as of 9:13 a.m. in Tokyo. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 0.4 percent after reaching a two-year low. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index contracts fell 0.8 percent overnight. S&P 500 futures fell 0.3 percent. The S&P 500 Index rose 0.2 percent at the close of trading in New York Monday. The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell almost 2 percent Monday.
The Japanese yen rose 0.1 percent to 113.20 per dollar after decreasing 0.6 percent. The offshore yuan traded at 6.9172 per dollar after dropping 0.4 percent. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was stable after increasing 0.5 percent. The euro was steady at $1.1354. The British pound was at $1.2553, near the weakest in almost 20 months, after sinking 1.3 percent.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries was steady at 2.85 percent. Australia’s 10-year bond yield rose one basis point to 2.45 percent.
West Texas Intermediate was steady at $51.01 a barrel. It slid 3.1 percent Monday. Gold traded little changed at $1,244.22 an ounce.
The development was reported by livemint.com