Asian Shares Down, With Yield Worries Creeping In By Investing.com
From Gina Lee
Investing.com – Asia Pacific stocks were largely bearish on Monday morning, giving up previous gains as global COVID-19 vaccination programs advance and optimism for an economic recovery continues to grow.
Japan’s rose 0.26% at 10:32 p.m. ET (3:32 p.m. GMT).
South Korea is down 0.16% and the Bank of Korea made its policy decision on Thursday.
In Australia, the lead fell by 0.14%. Australia started rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine earlier in the day and will not report any local cases for a third day in a row. On vaccines, Fitch also kept the country’s AAA rating, albeit with a negative outlook.
Hong Kong gained 0.05%. The city received its first batch of Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ 🙂 Coronavac vaccine last week. Registration for priority groups is due to open on Tuesday.
China’s decline of 0.06% and the decline of 1.21%.
Optimism continued to sell off bonds on Monday, with benchmark 10-year Treasury yields rising to their highest levels in about a year and sovereign debt falling for both Australia and New Zealand. Advances in US President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus packages also contributed to the sell-off.
“Yield curves have tightened further as COVID infection rates continue to fall, reopening plans are discussed, and a large US stimulus package is likely.” Barclays (LON 🙂 Head of Economic Research. Christian Keller told Reuters.
“This basically signals better medium-term growth prospects for the US and beyond as other core yield curves are moving in the same direction. In the meantime, central banks appear poised to look ahead to this year’s inflation spike and keep the front end of the curves anchored, ”he added.
As vaccine rollouts continue worldwide, said the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE 🙂 and BioNTech SE (F 🙂 appeared to protect most recipients from infection. Although global advances in the pandemic have boosted investor sentiment, concerns are creeping over the over-return of the reflation trade.
Investors will watch to see if Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell shows signs of concerns about higher long-term borrowing costs when he presents the Fed’s bi-annual monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.
Across the Pacific, the Reserve Bank of Australia resumed buying three-year securities in an attempt to defend its return target.
Investors will also look forward to a virtual meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bankers of Group 20 (G20), which will take place on Friday. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will be among the participants.
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