Asia stocks wobble after China figures, earnings centered

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Stocks of Asian markets wavered on Tuesday after figures yield both hot and cold patches in the Chinese economy, but there were minimal losses as investors focused their attention on corporate earnings from Syria.

Traders believed European stocks will open higher after overnight Wall Street wins, with Britain’s FTSE increasing 0.15 percent, Germany’s DAX higher at 0.3 percent and France’s CAC gaining a 0.3 percent raise.

The US dollar remained steady, with the demand for safe-haven US Treasuries to fall back as risk appetite developed in parts of the wider market as investors assumed that Western strikes on Syria were a one-time intervention.

China’s economy hiked at 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018 from a preceding year, according to Tuesday’s figures, similar from the previous quarter.

On the contrary, figures in March showed industrial outputs failing estimates and  a slow first quarter fixed-asset investment growth, blurring equity market gains.

Asian chief economist Robert Subbaraman, excluding Japan, mentioned that were two stories in the issue, one backward-looking and another forward-looking.

“Underneath the stable GDP growth is quite rapid rebalancing from industrial, investment and old economy sectors to consumption, services and new economy sectors like tech. This is encouraging,” Subbaraman added.

Asia-Pacific share’s broadest MSCI index outside Japan fell at 0.15 percent. South Korea’s KOSPI edged down 0.15 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng remained steady.

The index of Shanghai lost 0.35 percent and Japan’s Nikkei was flat while Australian stocks went up 0.3 percent.


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