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US inflation spooks Asian markets

Mon 13 Jun 22, 5:07pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • The US reported an inflation rate of 8.6% over the weekend
  • In turn, US futures declined -1%
  • Major Asian markets have lost over -2% on Monday

As Wall Street stock futures dip on the news US inflation has hit 8.6%, major regional Asian markets have similarly corrected on Monday.

Multiple major Asian markets have seen early trade losses over than 2%. 

  • Japan's Nikkei 225 lost -2.6% 

  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped -3% 

  • South Korea's Kopsi fell -3.18% 

  • China's Shangai Composite Index lost -1% 

  • Thailand’s SET Index lost -1.4% 

Losses across Asian markets were defined particularly by tech sell-offs. 

(Source: TradingEconomics) How the Thai SET 50 Index performed on Monday June 13th
(Source: TradingEconomics) How the Thai SET 50 Index performed on Monday June 13th

ASX set for losses on Tuesday

Australian markets are closed for the Queen’s Birthday celebrations but Wall Street futures suggest the ASX will open lower on Tuesday. 

US futures fell -1% overnight on the back of persistent inflation concerns unveiled over the weekend. 

Commentary floating around last week heralding the passing of “peak inflation” have been proven as premature. 

It is worth noting there is mounting evidence the US may enter a recession. Two weeks ago, a survey of American CEOs found a majority believed recession was inbound. 

But a lot of people simply don’t want to hear that right now, despite the mounting evidence which suggests it’s probably going to happen. 

Don’t forget new Chinese lockdowns 

In the case of China, new lockdowns in the cities of Shanghai and Beijing were announced last week, which is likely affecting local trading behaviour. 

In Shanghai, mass testing has re-commenced as covid spread begins to pick back up in the major city. Cases are linked to a beauty salon. 

Late last week, new lockdown measures were imposed in parts of capital Beijing, including the Chaoyang district, the capital’s most populated area. 

No end to chaos yet 

Fuelling the sell-off behaviour is a pending US Fed interest rate later this week likely to be another 50 basis points rise. 

The Fed will join the Bank of England in announcing rate hikes this week; new data today shows while UK business confidence is at fresh lows, the UK economy has contracted for the second month in a row.

Euro stocks are also tipped to drop in the coming trading period overnight.

(Source: TradingEconomics) A line chart showing UK GDP growth performance month on month since June 2021
(Source: TradingEconomics) A line chart showing UK GDP growth performance month on month since June 2021

 

Written By

Jonathon Davidson

Finance Writer

Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication. Email Jon at [email protected].

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