Asian stocks built on the strong start to this year and headed for a fresh record high amid optimism in global growth. The dollar held on to losses seen last week, weighed down by strong gains in the euro.
Equity markets from Sydney to Hong Kong rose. U.S. markets are shut Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday after the S&P 500 Index closed on Friday at an all-time high. Japanese shares were rising even after appreciation in the yen the past week, with Softbank Group benefiting from speculation of a listing for its mobile unit. The euro remained near a three-year high on bets that central bank stimulus will be pared back further in Europe as its economy mends.
Improvements in the global economy are buoying sentiment in the early part of 2018 and equities are building on the stellar gains seen last year. Retail sales spurred optimism in the American economy and JPMorgan Chase & Co. signaled the recent tax cut law will boost profits. An acceleration in U.S. core inflation offered another sign that the recovery is gathering pace nine years after the global recession.
Growth data from China this week will be closely watched, along with talks to form a coalition government in Germany, following signs of progress last week. Money managers will assess progress in corporate America this week with further earnings releases, while results are due across the world from firms in a range of sectors.
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Here’s what to watch out for this week:
- Earnings season ramps up: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., ASML Holdings NV, Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are among some notable releases.
- Industrial production in the U.S. probably increased in December, a report may show Wednesday, completing a solid year for manufacturing. U.S. housing starts probably slipped in December for the first time in three months as frigid winter weather impeded work, forecasts show ahead of Thursday’s release.
- The Bank of Canada’s interest-rate decision comes Wednesday. Monetary policy announcements are also due in South Korea, South Africa and Turkey.
- China releases fourth quarter GDP, December industrial production and retail sales Thursday.
And these are the main moves in markets:
- Japan’s Topix index rose 0.6 percent as of 10:46 a.m. in Tokyo.
- Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index advanced 0.7 percent and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.2 percent.
- Equity gauges in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan also rose, while the Shanghai Composite fell.
- Futures on the S&P 500 climbed 0.2 percent. The underlying index rose 0.7 percent on Friday and is up 4.2 percent this year.
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.7 percent, extending this year’s surge to 4.8 percent, on course to close at a fresh all-time high.
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index slipped 0.2 percent after falling 0.9 percent last week, ending around the weakest since September.
- The euro was little changed at $1.2198, after jumping 1.4 percent in Friday.
- The pound was at $1.3738, near the strongest since June 2016, the month of the Brexit vote.
- The yen was up 0.2 percent at 110.79.
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries was 2.55 percent at Friday’s close, up about seven basis points for the week. Trading is shut Monday for the U.S. holiday.
- Australia’s 10-year yield was at 2.77 percent, up about two basis points from Friday’s close.
- Gold futures were flat at $1,338.16 an ounce, following five weeks of gains.
- West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.1 percent to $64.39 a barrel.
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