Oil prices rise on industry report of falling US crude inventories
Oil prices rose on Wednesday as demand persists despite sharp interest rate hikes, industry reports showed a drop in U.S. crude inventories, Reuters reported citing American Petroleum Institute figures released on Tuesday.
Brent futures gained $1.31, or 1.46%, to settle at $95.87 a barrel, while United States West Texas Intermediate rose 1.28% to $89.67 a barrel.
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South Korean and Japanese defense actions increase after confirmation of North Korean missile barrage
Listed defence-related stocks in South Korea and Japan jumped after military authorities in Seoul confirmed that North Korea had fired more than 10 types of missiles off its east coast.
The missile barrage included a ballistic missile that landed in open waters on the South Korean side of the Northern Limit Line, a de facto maritime border that separates the two Koreas – the first case since the Korean War, the authorities said. authorities.
Shares of defense companies Hanwha Aerospace jumped more than 5% in morning trade in Korea, and Victek climbed more than 7%.
Japanese defense stocks were trading slightly higher with Hosoya Pyro-Engineering up almost 1%.
– Jihye Lee
Bank of Japan board members discussed inflation, Kuroda hints at upcoming policy change
Board members at the Bank of Japan’s most recent meeting agreed that it was appropriate to “persistently pursue large-scale monetary easing,” according to minutes released Wednesday.
One member said the central bank’s easing stance should continue even if inflation picks up in the near term, as long as expectations remain low.
The BOJ’s monetary policy is aimed at price stability, not exchange rates, a few members said, and that it should “carefully explain” the need to maintain the current stance.
Some members said an expansion in inbound tourism consumption was a way to take advantage of the weak yen.
Separately, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda reportedly told parliament that the yield curve control policy could be adjusted in the future, according to Reuters.
“If achieving our 2% inflation target is in sight, making yield curve control more flexible could become an option,” Kuroda said.
Inflation in South Korea increases in October, more than estimates
South Korea’s consumer price index rose 5.7% in October from the same period a year ago, above average estimates of 5.6% predicted by a Reuters poll.
Data from Statistics Korea showed prices rose 0.3% from the previous month.
Electricity prices, gas prices and industrial prices led the rise, and core inflation, which excludes food and oil prices, rose 4.8% from a year ago. one year old.
– Jihye Lee
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Larger Chinese stocks rally on unconfirmed messages of reopening discussion
Stocks in Hong Kong and Mainland China rallied Tuesday after unconfirmed reports surfaced about the formation of a committee to reopen talks in China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told Reuters he was unaware of the situation.
“I don’t know where you got this information from. I really don’t know anything about it,” Zhao reportedly said.
Economist Hao Hong of Grow Investment Group tweeted that the supposed committee was reviewing data from multiple countries and aiming to reopen in March next year.
– Jihye Lee
Stocks close lower
Stocks ended lower as markets braced for another Fed rate decision due Wednesday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 79.75 points, or 0.24%, to 32,653.20, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.41% to 3,856.10. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.89% to 10,890.85.
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A Fed pivot is a long way off, says New York Life’s Goodwin
Investors might be a little too excited about potential changes to the Federal Reserve, according to Lauren Goodwin, economist and portfolio strategist at New York Life Investments.
Goodwin said in a note that she expected the Fed to hike 0.75 percentage points on Wednesday and half a point in December, but the slowdown shouldn’t be seen as the start of a a big change from the central bank.
“A Fed pause is not the same as a pivot. While deteriorating economic and credit conditions may cause the Fed to pivot modestly at some point, a full pivot into dovish territory is highly unlikely. next year,” Goodwin said in a statement. Remark.
Goodwin pointed out that the first rate hikes should now start to show their impact on the broader economy, rather than just housing. However, the Fed will need several months of data to work its way through before changing course.
“At this point, with inflation as surprising as it has been before, the Fed will want to see clear signs of reversal in wage growth before pivoting. Recession should be seen as a base case scenario rather than ‘a risk,'” Goodwin said.
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