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28/11/
2023

Today’s Announcements & News

Asia

Asia-Pacific markets are poised for a mild rebound after Monday’s negative close across major indexes in the region.

Today, oil prices slightly eased following Qatar’s announcement of a two-day extension to the truce between Israel and Hamas. The Brent futures contract for January dipped by 0.62% to $80.08 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate crude futures initially dropped but later posted a 0.4% gain, reaching $75.16 a barrel.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 opened up 0.81%, gearing up for its October inflation data release scheduled for Wednesday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 began the day nearly unchanged, slightly in the positive, while the Topix hovered just below the unchanged mark.

South Korea’s Kospi showed a 0.42% rise, with the smaller-cap Kosdaq experiencing a larger gain of 0.53%. However, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index appeared likely to extend its losses from Monday, indicated by HSI futures at 17,517 compared to the index’s previous close at 17,525.06.

US

Stock futures are relatively flat in after-hours trading as traders assess the robust gains observed throughout November with the end of the trading month approaching.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 24 points, or 0.1%.

– S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures remained nearly flat.

In after-hours trading, Zscaler shares fell nearly 7%. The cloud security company maintained its fiscal 2024 billings expectations of $2.52 billion to $2.56 billion and reported fiscal first-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue that exceeded expectations.

This follows a slightly down day on Wall Street, where the Dow and S&P 500 closed about 0.2% lower, and the Nasdaq Composite edged down nearly 0.1%. As November concludes, the Dow and S&P 500 are poised to finish the month 6.9% and 8.5% higher, respectively, while the Nasdaq has surged 10.8%.

During Cyber Monday, investors closely watched stocks related to online shopping. “Buy now, pay later” stock Affirm rose nearly 12%, Shopify jumped almost 5%, and Amazon advanced 0.7%.

Commodity

Oil prices settled slightly lower on Monday as investors awaited an OPEC+ meeting later in the week, anticipating an agreement to limit supplies into 2024. The January Brent contract declined by 60 cents, or 0.74%, settling at $79.98 per barrel. Meanwhile, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) contract dropped by 68 cents, or 0.9%, settling at $74.86 per barrel.

Gold reached a six-month high on Monday, benefiting from a weaker dollar and expectations of a pause in the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening. Spot gold rose 0.5% to $2,012.34 per ounce, reaching its highest level since May 16, while U.S. gold futures settled 0.5% higher at $2,012.4.

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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