Stocks in Asia-Pacific traded mixed on Monday as investors further digested China’s growth target set in its parliamentary sessions and looked ahead to a week of economic data.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.62% to end its session at 7,328.6 ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision Tuesday, with economists surveyed by Reuters expecting to see a 25 basis point hike in its cash rate.
The Nikkei 225 rose 1.11% to close at 28,237.78 and the Topix climbed 0.84% to 2,036.49. In South Korea, the Kospi gained 1.2% to 2,462.62 as the nation’s inflation showed further easing in February.
In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.19% to 3,322.03 and the Shenzhen Component inched 0.1% lower to 11,842.88 after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang released the nation’s government work report on Sunday. The Hang Seng index struggled for direction and last rose 0.2% in its final hour of trade.
|.N225||Nikkei 225 Index||*NIKKEI||28237.78||310.31||1.11|
|.HSI||Hang Seng Index||*HSI||20603.19||35.65||0.17|
|.AXJO||S&P/ASX 200||*ASX 200||7328.6||45||0.62|
|.FTFCNBCA||CNBC 100 ASIA IDX||*CNBC 100||8250.5||54.43||0.66|
The U.S. non-farm payroll will be a key focus this week with expectations to see cooled hiring, prompting the Federal Reserve to maintain a smaller rate hike pace.
Stocks on Wall Street ended the week higher as Treasury yields eased from their recent highs and investors weighed the cumulative impact from Fed hikes already implemented and digested this week’s comments from the central bank.
Source : CNBC