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Asian Markets Surge on Positive US Economic Signals & Upcoming Data Releases


Leo Gonzalez

April 7, 2024 - 23:40 pm


Asian Markets Set for Uplift as US Economic Data Boost Confidence

In a dramatic shift of sentiment, Asian stock markets are poised to emulate their Wall Street counterparts, riding the wave of optimism generated by recent U.S. economic data. This economic fervor arrives at the heels of China's return from a two-day hiatus.

Surge in Equity Futures

Investors across Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong have watched their equity futures ascend, following a lucrative session in the United States. The forward momentum comes after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes saw over a one percent uptick on Friday. As these indicators of future market performance show promise, it sets a hopeful stage for trading sessions ahead.

U.S. Labor Market: A Beacon of Strength

The recent surge in Treasury yields is a testament to a recalibration of expectations surrounding the Federal Reserve's interest rate trajectory. The catalyst for this reappraisal was a robust U.S. payroll report which highlighted several key economic strengths: a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.8%, a healthy increase in wages, and advancements in workforce participation. Collectively, these suggest a labor market that continues to power the economy's drive forward.

Marc Chandler, Bannockburn Global Forex's chief market strategist, expressed a dwindling justification to doubt the employment data. This data lends credence to an outlook of U.S. economic re-acceleration and the continuation of its exceptional performance, reinforcing how the American Economy is expanding at a pace which the Federal Reserve believes surpasses the sustainable rate absent of inflationary pressures.

China's Currency at the Forefront

A vigilant watch will be maintained over China's daily yuan reference rate as markets resume operations post-holiday. The focus is sharpened due to the yuan's nearing a delicate threshold last week. The currency market's anticipation hovers around Beijing's next move—whether to bolster the yuan with greater vigor or let it depreciate moderately.

According to Richard Franulovich, the head of foreign-exchange strategy at Westpac Banking Corp., China was taken aback by the sheer magnitude of the yuan's depreciation and market's selling pressure, a sentiment that surfaces occasionally with managed currencies.

Upcoming U.S. Inflation Data and Corporate Earnings

Attention will now start to shift towards U.S. inflation figures projected for mid-week release. As prices persist above the Federal Reserve's preferred range, the financial realm gears up for the first quarter corporate earnings season. This will be highlighted by the anticipated financial reports from banking giants JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., scheduled to unfold on Friday.

Market Hedging Amidst Rally Uncertainties

While stock aficionados begin to hedge their bets in light of the lessening likelihood of Fed rate reductions, there is speculation about the extent to which the market rally can stretch. The Cboe Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, hit heights last witnessed in November as the benchmark S&P 500 Index recorded its first weekly diminution following a three-week surge.

Global Central Banks in the Spotlight

Internationally, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand—which paved the way with rate hikes in the post-pandemic tightening phase—is anticipated to counter the market's easing expectations with its forthcoming decision. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank is projected to maintain its key rate status quo, despite the markets bracing for reductions in the upcoming months. Revealed minutes from the ECB's last meeting, and commentary by Governing Council member Yannis Stournaras, suggest June could see the onset of a maximum of four rate cuts this year.

Erik Nielsen of UniCredit Group, serving as the chief economics advisor, speculates that we might be witnessing the beginning of a new monetary policy era spearheaded by the ECB. Evaluating existing economic data places the Federal Reserve at possibly a lone rate cut this year, while the ECB's forward-looking approach could easily support up to five reductions.

Commodities Experience a Slide

The commodities market has witnessed a retreat, with crude oil breaking its six-session streak of gains and gold retreating in value after soaring to record heights in the preceding week.

The Week Ahead: A Roster of Key Events

As the week progresses, numerous pivotal occurrences are slated to unfold, touching various aspects of the global financial canvas:

  • The rate decisions from the Philippines and Israel are expected on Monday.
  • Monday also follows up with Germany's industrial production report and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's meeting with PBOC Governor Pan Gongsheng.
  • Markets will eye Australia's consumer confidence data on Tuesday, and China's financial metrics, including aggregate financing, money supply, and new yuan loans.
  • By mid-week, a slew of critical events is lined up, from New Zealand's rate decision to the release of the U.S. FOMC minutes and CPI data, accompanied by Canada's rate resolution.
  • Thursday will mark China's PPI and CPI announcements and the Eurozone ECB rate determination.
  • The week wraps up on Friday with a diverse range of reports and decisions spanning industrial production in Japan, trade figures from China, employment data, and rate determinations in South Korea, CPI readings from Germany, France, and Spain, Argentina's CPI, and crucial earnings from Citigroup, JPMorgan, and Wells Fargo.

Throughout the markets, signals of varied magnitude were perceptible:

Market Movements Summary


  • S&P 500 futures experienced a marginal rise of 0.1% as of early morning in Tokyo.
  • Futures for the Hang Seng index nudged up by 0.3%.
  • The S&P/ASX 200 prospect climbed a decisive 0.5%.


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index reflected minimal change.
  • The Euro remained steady at $1.0832 against the dollar.
  • The Japanese yen saw no significant movement, hovering around 151.67 per dollar.
  • The offshore yuan's valuation did not waver, standing at 7.2514 per dollar.
  • The Australian dollar's exchange rate remained unchanged at $0.6574.


  • Bitcoin displayed stability at $69,252.16.
  • Ether appreciated slightly by 0.8% to $3,427.1.


  • Australia's 10-year yield witnessed an upsurge of eight basis points to 4.18%.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude slumped by 1% falling to $86.08 a barrel.
  • Spot gold prices dipped 0.8%, settling at $2,312 an ounce.

With the assistance of Bloomberg Automation, these insights were crafted to paint a comprehensive picture of the economic landscape.

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In light of the recent developments and scheduled events, a pattern of cautious optimism is interwoven with strategic positioning. The convergence of economic data from the U.S. is set to influence market approaches, while central banks around the world prepare to maneuver through the intricate web of fiscal policy adjustments. With this analytical forecast at hand, investors and market observers alike will be watching closely as the numbers unfold and shape the road ahead.