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22/12/2023

Today’s Announcements & News

Asia

Most Asia-Pacific markets declined on Thursday following Wall Street’s overnight drop, with investors anticipating U.S. economic data, including gross domestic product (GDP) and inflation numbers. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index reversed early losses to rise 0.1%, while China’s CSI 300 closed 1.01% higher. Economists expect the U.S. economy to show 5.2% year-on-year growth in the third quarter, and the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index is expected to climb 2.3%. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.45%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 plunged 1.59%, impacted by safety scandals at Toyota. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.55%, and the Kosdaq shed 0.41%.

US

On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded from its worst day since October, gaining 143 points or 0.4%, while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.7%. The S&P 500 added 0.5%, putting it just over 1% away from a record high. The broad-based S&P 500 rise saw over 450 names advancing, with CarMax leading the gains, up more than 7% after posting better-than-expected third-quarter earnings. Micron Technology surged 7% after beating expectations in its quarterly results and providing strong guidance for the next quarter. Salesforce also gained over 2% following a Morgan Stanley upgrade. Treasury yields continued to fall, with the 10-year yield reaching its lowest level since July.

Commodity

On Thursday, oil prices dropped by more than $1 a barrel after Angola announced its departure from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Brent crude futures were down 1.63% to $78.40 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 1.60% to $73.03.

Meanwhile, gold prices gained as U.S. Treasury yields retreated, fueled by economic data that raised expectations of potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve in the coming year. Spot gold rose 0.6% to $2,041.27 per ounce, and U.S. gold futures increased by 0.3% to $2,053.20.

The above analysis is only for the views of market researchers and is for reference only and is not regarded as a specific investment suggestion.

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