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Chinese Stocks Beat Peers, Treasuries Stabilize: Markets Wrap

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      (Bloomberg) -- Chinese stocks outperformed Asian equities after the nation's sovereign wealth fund bought exchange-traded funds to shore up the market. Treasuries stabilized following a volatile session on Monday.

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Asian shares were mixed after the lowest S&P 500 close since May, with equities paring declines of more than 1% in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Oil eked out a gain as the next stage of the Israel-Hamas war remained unclear.

The rebound in Chinese equities "shows that while it may still be too early to call a bottom, the authorities are making it a rule to step on the brakes whenever there looks like there's overwhelming downward momentum," said Raymond Chen, fund manager at Zizhou Investment Asset Management. "This does help somewhat ease the panic, assuring investors that the nation will continue offering support if it drops further."

The CSI 300 Index was little changed, while gauges in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose.

Treasury 10-year yields were little changed, as some of the market's most prominent bond bears said the historic rout in US government bonds had gone too far. Yields slumped on Monday after hitting 5%, amid volatility fueled by expectations the Federal Reserve will keep rates elevated and the government will boost bond sales to cover widening deficits.

A gauge of the dollar retreated, giving a boost to emerging Asian currencies such as the Thai baht, South Korea's won and Indonesian rupiah.

"USD seems to be softening alongside the pullback in UST yields, stretched long positions as well as potential for US preliminary PMI numbers to signal further slowdown in the economy," said Fiona Lim, a senior analyst at Malayan Banking Berhad in Singapore.

Oil edged higher in Asia trading after dropping the most since Hamas’ attack on Israel as Tel Aviv was seen holding off on an invasion of Gaza amid hostage negotiations, containing the conflict for the time being. There are growing calls inside the country to rethink the scope of a ground invasion of Gaza. China reiterated that Israel must protect civilians even as it has the right to defend itself in a conflict.

In Japan, the central bank announced an unscheduled bond-purchase operation on Tuesday, underscoring its desire to curb the speed of increases in sovereign yields. The Topix benchmark dropped to the lowest since June after Nidec, a key supplier to the tech and electric vehicle industries, plunged over 10% on disappointing quarterly earnings.

Elsewhere, billionaire investor Bill Ackman wrote in a social media post that he unwound his bet against US government bonds amid rising global risks. Bill Gross, co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Co., wrote that he’s buying short-dated interest-rate futures in anticipation of a recession by year-end.

Bitcoin extended a rally fueled by expectations of fresh demand from exchange-traded funds, reaching the highest price since May last year.

High Bar

US equity futures rose after the S&P 500 fell for a fifth straight session — its longest slide this year. The Nasdaq 100 outperformed with Microsoft Corp. gaining ahead of its results while Nvidia Corp. rose along with peers. Investors looking to the earnings season for a dose of good news are hanging their hopes on big tech.

The five biggest companies in the S&P 500 — Apple Inc., Microsoft, Alphabet Inc., Inc. and Nvidia Corp. — account for about a quarter of the benchmark’s market capitalization. Their earnings are projected to jump 34% from a year earlier on average, according to analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence.

Morgan Stanley’s Michael Wilson — among the most bearish voices on US stocks — said he “would not be surprised” to see further declines in the S&P 500 with “earnings expectations likely too high for the fourth quarter and 2024, and policy tightening likely to be felt from both a monetary and fiscal standpoint.”

Key events this week:

  • Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Michele Bullock speaks at the Commonwealth Bank Annual Conference in Sydney, Tuesday

  • Paris-based International Energy Agency releases its world energy outlook annual report, Tuesday

  • Eurozone S&P Global Services PMI, S&P Global Manufacturing PMI, Tuesday

  • Euro-area bank lending survey, Tuesday

  • US S&P Global Manufacturing PMI, Tuesday

  • Microsoft, Alphabet earnings, Tuesday

  • Australia CPI, Wednesday

  • Germany IFO business climate, Wednesday

  • Canada rate decision, Wednesday

  • US new home sales, Wednesday

  • IBM, Meta earnings, Wednesday

  • European Central Bank interest rate decision; President Christine Lagarde holds news conference, Thursday

  • US wholesale inventories, GDP, US durable goods, initial jobless claims, pending home sales, Thursday

  • Intel, Amazon earnings, Thursday

  • China industrial profits, Friday

  • Japan Tokyo CPI, Friday

  • US PCE deflator, personal spending and income, University of Michigan consumer sentiment, Friday

  • Exxon Mobil earnings, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures rose 0.3% as of 11:47 a.m. Tokyo time; The S&P 500 fell 0.2%

  • Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.3%; The Nasdaq 100 rose 0.3%

  • Japan’s Topix fell 0.6%

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.2%

  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.3%

  • The Shanghai Composite rose 0.7%


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.2%

  • The euro rose 0.1% to $1.0684

  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 149.57 per dollar

  • The offshore yuan was little changed at 7.3051 per dollar

  • The Australian dollar rose 0.4% to $0.6360


  • Bitcoin rose 10% to $34,826.88

  • Ether rose 7.9% to $1,843.7


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries declined one basis point to 4.84%

  • Australia’s 10-year yield declined nine basis points to 4.69%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.7% to $86.12 a barrel

  • Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,978.92 an ounce

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

--With assistance from Jason Scott, Matthew Burgess and April Ma.

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