February 1, 2018 / 9:34 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Asia Morning Call-Global Markets

    Feb 2 (Reuters) - 
 Stock Markets                  Net Chng    Stock Markets                    Net Chng
 S&P/ASX 200**   6,090.10       52.40       NZX 50**            8,381.58     -2.29
 DJIA**          26,186.71      37.32       NIKKEI**            23,486.11    +387.82
 Nasdaq**        7,385.86       -25.61      FTSE**              7,490.39     -43.16
 S&P 500**       2,821.98       -1.83       Hang Seng**         32,642.09    -245.18
 SPI 200 Fut     6022.0         -14.0       STI**               3,547.23     13.24
 SSEC**          3,446.2424     -34.59      KOSPI**             2,568.54     +2.08
 Bonds                          Net Chng    Bonds                            Net Chng
 JP 10 YR Bond   0.095          0.001       KR 10 YR Bond       2.756        -0.013
 AU 10 YR Bond   2.844          0.05        US 10 YR Bond       2.7821       0.062
 NZ 10 YR Bond   2.985          0.045       US 30 YR Bond       3.0183       0.077
 Currencies                     Net Chng                                     Net Chng
 SGD US$         1.308          -0.004      KRW US$             1,069.69     0.61
 AUD US$         0.8044         -0.0011     NZD US$             0.7396       0.0033
 EUR US$         1.2513         0.0093      Yen US$             109.29       0.12
 THB US$         31.29          -0.05       PHP US$             51.58        0.24
 IDR US$         13,425         38          INR US$             63.97        0.43
 MYR US$         3.8995         0.0205      TWD US$             29.207       0.057
 CNY US$         6.2965         0.0128      HKD US$             7.8195       -0.0031
 Commodities                    Net Chng                                     Net Chng
 Spot Gold       1,349.99       5.29        Silver (Lon)        17.252       -0.058
 U.S. Gold Fut   1,353.3        10.2        Brent Crude         69.77        0.88
 Iron Ore        CNY516         8           TRJCRB Index        198.347      0.9712
 TOCOM Rubber    JPY193.2       -0.3        LME Copper          7,117        -1
    ** indicates closing price 
    All prices as of 2119 GMT

    GLOBAL - Bond yields shot up and global equity markets were jumpy on Thursday as
investor jitters over the likelihood of rising inflation and high stock valuations
dampened the appetite for risk assets after a euphoric January in markets.
    Yields on the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond touched 3 percent for the
first time since May 2017 and the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.786 percent a day after
Federal Reserve policy-makers said they anticipated a rise in inflation this year.
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    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks pulled back from earlier gains on Thursday as bond yields
rose and technology stocks retreated ahead of a host of high-profile earnings.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 36.32 points, or 0.14 percent, to
26,185.71, the S&P 500 gained 2.01 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,825.82 and the
Nasdaq Composite dropped 3.27 points, or 0.04 percent, to 7,408.21.
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    LONDON -European shares fell on Thursday, reversing earlier gains, on worries that
the bond market will sell off further after U.S. policymakers raised their forecast for
    The pan-European STOXX 600 closed 0.5 percent lower, its fourth straight
day of losses. Germany's DAX led national indexes lower, down 1.4 percent.
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    TOKYO - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, rebounding from a six-day
losing streak and pushing most sectors into positive territory, as a weaker yen and
upbeat corporate earnings drove the benchmark index higher.
    The Nikkei rose 1.7 percent to 23,486.11 after declining for six straight
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    SHANGHAI - China stocks fell on Thursday, with the start-up index closing at a more
than six-month low, as investors dumped firms which are expected to report weak 2017
earnings and took profits ahead of the upcoming long Lunar New Year holidays.
    The market was little fazed by a private manufacturing survey which suggested
surprising resilience in the world's second-largest economy at the start of 2018,
despite tough crackdowns on air pollution and riskier types of financing.
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    AUSTRALIA - Australian shares are poised to edge lower at open on Friday, after
gains on Wall Street lost steam as U.S. Treasury yields rose.
    The local share price index futures fell 0.2 percent or 16 points to
6,021, a 72.1-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The
benchmark climbed 0.9 percent on Thursday.
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    SEOUL - South Korea's KOSPI stock index ticked up on Thursday, rising 2.08
points or 0.08 percent at 2,568.54, as of 0630 GMT.
    The KOSPI is up around 4.0 percent so far this year, and up by 3.40 percent in the
previous 30 days.
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    NEW YORK - The dollar failed to hold onto its gains against a basket of currencies
on Thursday, the day after the Federal Reserve said it expected inflation to rise this
    The greenback also pared its gains against the yen as U.S. and European stocks
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    CHINA - China's yuan eased against the U.S. dollar on Thursday after hawkish
comments from the Federal Reserve supported greenback buying, but the local unit
remained just below its recent 2-1/2 year peak following a firmer fixing by the central
    The Chinese currency finished January with a 3.5 percent gain against the dollar,
registering the best monthly performance since 1994, when market rates were unified,
according to Thomson Reuters data. It has also clawed back almost all its losses
incurred since China shocked global markets with a sharp one-off currency devaluation
in August 2015.
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    AUSTRALIA - The Australian dollar eased for a fourth straight session on Thursday
following weaker-than-expected economic data and as the U.S. dollar climbed on
expectations of faster interest rate rises in the world's largest economy.
    The Australian dollar was down 0.2 percent at $0.8040, drifting away from
a 2-1/2 year peak of $0.8136 set last week.
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    SEOUL - The won was quoted at 1,071.9 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform
, 0.37 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,067.9. The currency was
pressured by foreign selling of stocks and on a sturdier dollar thanks to an upbeat
Federal Reserve.
    In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,070.99 per dollar, down 0.17
percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards
it fetched 1,061.2 per dollar.
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    NEW YORK - U.S. Treasury yields rose on Thursday as some investors reduced
curve-related bets that earned profits last month tied to expectations the Federal
Reserve would raise short-term interest rates further due to an improving economy.
    The Treasuries market started February on its back foot following its worst month
since November 2016. They produced nearly a 1.4 percent loss, according to
an index compiled by Bloomberg and Barclays.
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    LONDON - German 10-year bond yields hit two-year highs on Thursday as yields firmed
across the euro zone after policymakers in the United States flagged a potential uptick
in inflation in the world's biggest economy.
    The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged at its policy meeting on
Wednesday but said inflation is likely to climb this year, bolstering expectations that
borrowing costs will continue rising under incoming central bank chief Jerome Powell.
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    TOKYO - Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday, weighed by a strong
bounce in Tokyo stocks, although losses were limited by a 10-year debt auction that
attracted ample demand.
    The five-year yield rose 1 basis point to minus 0.075 percent and the
10-year yield climbed 1 basis point to 0.090 percent. A rise above 0.095
percent would take the yield to its highest level since July 2017.
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    Gold prices were nearly unchanged on Thursday as markets anticipated U.S. jobs data
due at the end of the week for guidance on monetary policy for the remainder of the
    Spot gold shed 0.01 percent at $1,344.56 ounce by 1:36 p.m. EST (1836 GMT).
It touched $1,332.30 an ounce in the previous session, its lowest since Jan. 23.
    For a full report, click on
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    Chinese steel futures rose on Thursday after four days of losses, bolstered by
market speculation that curbs on output at some steel mills could be extended beyond
    The most active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange had risen 0.3
percent to 3,931 yuan ($624.02) a tonne.
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    Lead hit its highest in 6-1/2 years on Thursday, catching up with sister metal
zinc, as a harsh winter in the United States and China hits supplies and as Beijing
continues to restrict output on environmental grounds.
    London Metal Exchange (LME) lead hit $2,668 a tonne, its highest since July
2011 at one point and closed up 2 percent at $2,665.
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    Oil rose on Thursday after a survey showed OPEC's commitment to its supply cuts
remains in place, even as U.S. production topped 10 million barrels per day (bpd) for
the first time since 1970.
    On its first day as the front-month, Brent futures for April delivery
gained 76 cents, or 1.1 percent, to settle at $69.65 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas
Intermediate (WTI) crude for March delivery jumped $1.07, or 1.7 percent, to
settle at $65.80.
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    Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures ended higher for the first time in four sessions on
Thursday, getting support from a weaker yen against the dollar after the U.S. Federal
Reserve signalled its confidence about inflation and growth in the world's biggest
    Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) futures, which set the tone for tyre rubber prices
in Southeast Asia, however, was not badly dented by rising inventories in high-consumer
nations and sluggish Shanghai futures.
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