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15/01/2024

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Asia

Asia markets experienced mixed results as China’s annual exports dropped for the first time in seven years, leading to declines in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index by 0.61% and mainland China’s CSI 300 by 0.35%. China’s consumer price index fell 0.3%, slightly less than expected, while total trade for the country declined in 2023. On the contrary, Japan’s Nikkei 225 and Topix reached their highest levels since 1990, with Nikkei advancing 1.5% to close at 35,577.11. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.7%, and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1%.

US

On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.31%, closing at 37,592.98, while the S&P 500 ended 0.08% higher at 4,783.83, and the Nasdaq Composite closed just above flat, gaining 0.02% to settle at 14,972.76. UnitedHealth contributed to the Dow’s decline, losing nearly 3.4%, despite reporting higher-than-expected earnings. Delta Air Lines fell almost 9%, even after exceeding quarterly earnings expectations. Several major banks, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup, also reported earnings with mixed market reactions.

Commodity

Oil prices rose over 4% after military strikes in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, with West Texas Intermediate reaching $75.25 a barrel, and Brent hitting $80.75. The escalation in the Middle East conflict also boosted gold prices, reaching a one-week peak at $2,048.21 per ounce, up 1% and climbing as much as 1.7% earlier. Tensions in the Red Sea contributed to the market movements.

The above analysis is only for the views of market researchers and is for reference only and is not regarded as a specific investment suggestion.

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