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Asia Morning Call-Global Markets



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Dec 4 (Reuters) -

Stock Markets


Net Chng

Stock Markets


Net Chng

S&P/ASX 200**

7,073.200

32.4

NZX 50**

11,367.51

156.29

DJIA**

36,245.50

294.61

NIKKEI**

33,431.51

-55.39

Nasdaq**

14,305.03

78.83

FTSE**

7,529.35

75.60

S&P 500**

4,594.63

26.83

Hang Seng**

16,830.3

-212.58

SPI 200 Fut

7,154

65.00

STI**

3,090.31

17.32

SSEC**

3,031.6358

1.96

KOSPI**

2,505.01

-30.28

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Bonds


Net Chng

Bonds


Net Chng

JP 10 YR Bond

0.708

0.004

KR 10 YR Bond

3.7

0.011

AU 10 YR Bond

4.397

-0.108

US 10 YR Bond

4.2089

0

NZ 10 YR Bond

5.01

-0.05

US 30 YR Bond

4.3925

0

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Currencies


Net Chng



Net Chng

SGD US$

0

0

KRW US$

1,293.4

-5.95

AUD US$

0.6674

-0.00015

NZD US$

0.6187

-0.002

EUR US$

1.0881

-0.0005

Yen US$

146.81

-1.38

THB US$

34.84

-0.47

PHP US$

55.46

0

IDR US$

15,480

-25

INR US$

83.26

-0.097

MYR US$

4.671

0.014

TWD US$

31.475

0.215

CNY US$

7.1275

0.0026

HKD US$

7.8144

0.0001

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Commodities


Net Chng



Net Chng

Spot Gold

2,070.9011

35.1466

Silver (Lon)

25.42

0.1713

U.S. Gold Fut

2,089.7

32.5

Brent Crude

78.88

-3.95

Iron Ore

CNY975.5

19

TRJCRB Index

-

-

TOCOM Rubber

JPY255

-1.7

LME Copper

8,638

176.5

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** indicates closing price

All prices as of 20:01 GMT


EQUITIES


GLOBAL - MSCI's global stock index rose on Friday and marked its fifth straight weekly gain while U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar fell on the day as investors were encouraged by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's vow to move "carefully" on interest rates.

MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS gained 0.60%. For the week, the index was on track for a gain of 0.9% marking its fifth consecutive week of gains, which is its longest winning streak since the five week stretch ended Nov. 5, 2021.

For a full report, click on MKTS/GLOB


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NEW YORK - The benchmark S&P 500 index .SPX closed at its highest level of the year on Friday amid growing optimism the Federal Reserve was done raising U.S. interest rates and could begin to cut them next year as inflation cools.

The index closed at 4,594.63 points, up 26.83 points, or 0.59%, and topping the close on July 31 at 4,588.96, which had been the prior high of 2023.

For a full report, click on .N


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LONDON - European shares extended their gains from November on Friday, propelled by sharp rises in miners and as euro zone bond yields continued to fall on growing expectations of interest rate cuts.

The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX rose 1.0% to its highest level since August, after a monthly gain of 6.4% in November.

For a full report, click on .EU


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TOKYO - Japan's Nikkei share average drifted lower on Friday to post its first weekly drop in five, as tech shares slumped on elevated bond yields after economic data provided more clues that the U.S. Federal Reserve could end rate hikes.

The Nikkei .N225 ended the day 0.17% lower at 33,431.51, and lost 0.58% this week.

For a full report, click on .T


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SHANGHAI - Chinese and Hong Kong stocks fell on Friday, with the Hang Seng Index recording its worst week in over three months, as China's factory activity data showed the economy remains wobbly.

China's blue-chip CSI 300 Index .CSI300 closed 0.4% lower and was down 1.6% for the week. The Shanghai Composite Index .SSEC was flat.

For a full report, click on .SS


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AUSTRALIA - Australian shares are expected to open higher on Monday, ahead of the central bank's monetary policy meeting later in the week, as benign domestic data along with a cautious U.S. Federal Reserve as runaway inflation nears its target boosted sentiment.

The local share price index futures YAPcm1 rose 0.9%, a 80.8-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO close. The benchmark fell 0.2% on Friday.

For a full report, click on .AX


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SEOUL - South Korean shares slumped more than 1% on Friday, dragged down by battery makers, as traders assessed hawkish signals by the U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers on further monetary policy tightening should progress on inflation stall.

The benchmark KOSPI .KS11 closed down 30.28 points, or 1.19%, at 2,505.01. Still, the index rose 0.34% this week to post its fifth straight weekly gain.

For a full report, click on KRW/


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FOREIGN EXCHANGE


NEW YORK - The dollar fell on Friday, after two days of gains, as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell struck a cautious tone on further interest rate moves, saying that the risk of under- or over-tightening is now more balanced.

The U.S. dollar index - which tracks the currency against six major counterparts - was last down 0.2% at 103.23 =USD after ending November on Thursday with its weakest monthly performance in a year. It is poised to end lower for a third straight week.

For a full report, click on USD/


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CHINA - China's yuan eased against the dollar on Friday following weaker guidance from the central bank, which market participants read as indication authorities may be willing to tolerate falls in the currency.

The spot yuan CNY=CFXS opened at 7.1340 per dollar and was changing hands at 7.1388 at midday, 38 pips weaker than the previous late session close.

For a full report, click on CNY/


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AUSTRALIA - The Australian and New Zealand dollars nudged higher on Friday as markets priced in early rate cuts in the United States and Europe, but little in the way of policy easing at home.

The Aussie edged up to $0.6612 AUD=D3, after touching a four-month high of $0.6676 earlier in the week. The currency gained more than 4% over November and has support at the 200-day moving average of $0.6580.

For a full report, click on AUD/


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SEOUL - The South Korean won weakened against the dollar on Friday.

The won ended onshore trade 1.21% lower KRW=KFTC at 1,305.8 per dollar, marking its biggest drop since March 24. The won gained 0.05% this week.

For a full report, click on KRW/


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TREASURIES


NEW YORK - U.S. Treasury yields dropped on Friday after comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell fanned cautious optimism that the central bank was done hiking rates, while more weak data on the manufacturing sector underscored that the surprisingly robust economy remains fragile.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note US10YT=RR fell 13 basis points (bps) to 4.261% and is down more than 27 bps for the week. The yield touched 4.211%, its lowest since Sept. 8.

For a full report, click on US/


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LONDON - Euro zone bond prices rose on Friday, a day after clocking their best month in more than a year, as soft U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell supported the view that rate cuts could come as early as the first quarter next year.

Germany's 10-year bond yield DE10YT=RR was down 8 basis points (bps) at 2.369%, after rising 6 bps on Thursday. The yield, which moves inversely to the price, fell by 36 bps in November in its biggest monthly drop since July 2022, reflecting a dramatic rally in prices.

For a full report, click on GVD/EUR


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TOKYO - Japan's 10-year government bond yield jumped on Friday, tracking U.S. Treasury yields higher, as investors braced for auctions for 10- and 30-year bonds next week.

The 10-year JGB yield JP10YTN=JBTC rose as much as 5.5 basis points (bps) to 0.715% earlier in the session, before trading last at 0.705%, up 3.5 bps.

For a full report, click on JP/


COMMODITIES


GOLD


Gold prices rallied to an all-time high on Friday after remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell increased traders' confidence the U.S. central bank had completed its monetary policy tightening and could cut rates starting March.

Spot gold XAU= climbed 1.6% to $2,069.10 per ounce by 3:30 p.m. ET (2030 GMT). Prices were 3.4% higher so far this week, and earlier rose to $2,075.09 per ounce to beat the previous all-time high of $2,072.49 scaled in 2020.

For a full report, click on GOL/


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IRON ORE


Dalian iron ore futures were set for their first weekly loss in seven as Beijing continued to intervene in the market to regulate prices, though the contract gained on Friday due to upbeat factory data.

The most-traded January iron ore on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange DCIOcv1 was up 2% at 975.5 yuan ($136.55) per metric ton at closing.

For a full report, click on IRONORE/


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BASE METALS


Copper prices rose to an almost four-month high on Friday, on track for a third week of consecutive growth, due to better-than-expected data from top consumer China, tighter supply, a decline of exchange inventories and a weaker dollar.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 was up 2.1% at $8,638 per metric ton by 1754 GMT, its highest since Aug. 4.

For a full report, click on MET/L


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OIL


Oil prices slumped more than 2% on Friday on investor skepticism about the depth of OPEC+ supply cuts and concern about sluggish global manufacturing activity.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 for February settled down $1.98, or 2.45%, at $78.88 a barrel.

For a full report, click on O/R


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PALM OIL


Malaysian palm oil futures posted a second weekly loss on Friday, underpinned by poor demand and weakness in Dalian vegetable oils.

The benchmark palm oil contract FCPOc3 for February delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange slid 24 ringgit, or 0.62%, to 3,871 ringgit ($828.73) at closing.

For a full report, click on POI/


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RUBBER


Japanese rubber futures closed at a three-week low on Friday, weighed by a stronger yen and poor economic data in Japan.

The Osaka Exchange (OSE) rubber contract for May delivery JRUc6, 0#2JRU: fell 6.3 yen or 2.4%, at 256.7 yen ($1.73) per kg.

For a full report, click on RUB/T


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