Alibaba saw delivery disruptions during Singles Day, CEO says
Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said, “The resurgence of Covid has affected one area after another, resulting in abnormal or suspended logistics service in different locations,” according to a FactSet transcript of the quarterly earnings call from the company on Thursday.
Zhang noted that logistical disruptions had taken place until November 11, while adding that the company was “seeing improvements”.
Alibaba also announced that it would increase its share buyback program by $15 billion.
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Morgan Stanley confirms job cuts in Asia-Pacific
Morgan Stanley CEO for Asia-Pacific, Gokul Laroia, has confirmed that layoffs are taking place in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asked if he could confirm reports of the company’s plans to cut 10% of its 500 employees in the region, Laroia told CNBC’s Emily Tan on Thursday that plans were already underway.
“Actually, I don’t know if the number is 10%, but there is going to be a reduction in strength,” he said. “Actually, it’s ongoing.”
Laroia added that China remains an important market for Morgan Stanley, despite slowing more than expected this year, and the company expects to remain invested there.
South Korean and Japanese defense actions increase after North Korean missile launch
Shares of South Korean and Japanese defense-related companies rose in Friday morning trading after North Korea was confirmed to have launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In South Korea, shares of Hanwha Aerospace rose 4.69%, Korea Aerospace 2.34% and Victek 2.3%.
In Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries rose 0.93% while Hosoya Pyro-Engineering rose 1.7% in the afternoon session in Asia.
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Philippines central bank expects economy to see ‘low growth’ next year, not recession
Central Bank Governor Felipe Medalla of the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) said the economy is expected to see “low growth” of less than 5%, not a recession, next year.
Speaking to CNBC’s Sri Jegarajah in an interview, he said the central bank estimates the economy will grow by 6% next year, which is above the International Monetary Fund’s outlook of 5%.
This outlook could change by around 100 basis points depending on the deterioration of global financial conditions, he added.
The BSP made its second 75 basis point hike of the year on Thursday, taking its benchmark interest rates to 5%.
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Tencent and NetEase shares rise after China approves game titles
Stocks of Chinese technology companies Tencent and NetEase Hong Kong-listed rose after the companies were granted gaming licenses by China’s National Press and Publication Administration.
Shares of Tencent rose 3% at the open and NetEase more than 5%.
The regulator has issued licenses for some 70 games for November, including Tencent’s Metal Slug: Awakening and NetEase’s A Chinese Odyssey: Homecoming.
NetEase shares plunged more than 11% on Thursday after the company announced that its license with Activision Blizzard would end in January 2023.
Japan’s core inflation index rises 3.6%, more than expected
Japan’s core consumer price index rose 3.6% in October on an annualized basis, beating expectations for a 3.5% rise and the fastest pace since February 1982.
The index, which excludes fresh food but includes fuel costs, rose 3.0% in September from the same period a year ago.
The latest data marks the seventh consecutive month that the country has seen inflation levels above the Bank of Japan’s 2% target.
CNBC Pro: JPMorgan Says These Asian Travel Stocks Are About To Burst
As travel to Asia picks up and continues to gain momentum, particularly after China’s recent announcement to reduce quarantine time for international travelers, JPMorgan says it remains bullish on the travel industry of the region.
“Given the strong visibility of forward bookings and the additional upside resulting from the final stage of reopening in parts of the region, we remain positive on the airline and airport sectors in Asia,” he said. he said in a Nov. 11 memo.
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The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite close lower on Thursday
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed near the flat line on Thursday despite falling 314 points during the session. The S&P 500 fell 0.31%. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.35%.
CNBC Pro: ‘The bullish case for the semis is compelling’: BofA picks best chip stocks to buy
Chip stocks, once popular with investors, are doing poorly this year.
But BofA says that despite consumer demand remaining under pressure, “the bullish case for the semis is also compelling.”
Semiconductor sales could rebound in the second half of 2023, BofA predicted.
Here are some themes that the bullet stocks could build on, says the bank, which also chooses which names to buy.
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Fed’s Jefferson says low inflation is best way to prosperity
Keeping inflation under control is the best way to ensure a strong economy for everyone, Federal Reserve Governor Philip Jefferson said Thursday.
“Low inflation is essential to achieving a long and sustained expansion — an economy that works for everyone,” the central bank official said at an event in Minneapolis. “Continuing our dual mandate is the best way for the Federal Reserve to promote widely shared prosperity.”
Jefferson offered no direct comment on the direction he envisions policy as the Fed seeks to achieve both full employment and stable prices.
His comments following a flurry of speeches from his colleagues, who universally say the Fed will have to raise interest rates further to bring down inflation which is still hovering around its highest levels since the early 1980s .
Fed’s Bullard says monetary policy not yet ‘tightly enough’
St. Louis Federal Reserve Chairman James Bullard said more tightening may be needed for the central bank to get inflation under control.
He said Thursday that inflation remained at an unacceptably high level, noting the policy was not “tightly enough” at current levels. The Fed has raised rates from zero to a range of 4% to 4.25% this year as US inflation climbs to levels not seen in decades.
“So far, the change in monetary policy stance appears to have had only limited effects on observed inflation, but market prices suggest disinflation is expected in 2023,” Bullard said.
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