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Asia markets fall after Wall Street investors further assess signals of slowing growth

3 Mins Ago

Gold reaches highest level since October 2020 as recession risks rise

Gold prices have remained above $2,000 for a third straight day as investors see increasing risks of a recession, especially with U.S. job growth slowing.

The yellow metal traded at $2,011.54 per ounce on Thursday, after having breached the $2,000 mark on Tuesday to reach its highest level since October 2020.

25 Mins Ago

Australia’s February trade balance expands to $9.25 billion

Australia’s trade balance in February has expanded to AU$13.84 billion ($9.25 billion), up from the AU$11.69 billion recorded in in January.

This was also above economists expectations that the trade balance will fall to AU$ 11.1 billion.

Australia’s goods and services imports in February fell by 9% year-on-year, while exports inched down by 3%.

— Lim Hui Jie

An Hour Ago

China’s services activity in March picks up pace on new orders

China’s service sector activity continued to expand in March, according to the latest Caixin services purchasing managers’ index that rose to 57.8.

The reading marks the fourth month of acceleration and above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction.

It also reached the highest reading since June 2020, when the reading reached a peak of 58.4.

The increase in activity was supported by a sustained and sharper rise in new business, Caixin said in its release.

– Jihye Lee

An Hour Ago

Oil slips after Saudi Arabia reportedly raises May Arab Light crude prices in Asia

Oil prices fell after Saudi Arabia raised the prices for its flagship crude for Asian buyers for the third straight month, Reuters reported.

The comes after prices jumped the most in nearly a year after OPEC’s surprise output cut over the weekend.

Brent Crude futures fell 0.68% to $84.33 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude inched 0.66% lower to $80.08 a barrel.

– Jihye Lee

An Hour Ago

Foxconn posts better sales for first quarter, but less optimistic on outlook

Electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn reported better sales for the first quarter of 2023, but was less bullish in its outlook for the second quarter.

Foxconn, which is also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, recorded revenue of NT$1.46 trillion ($48 billion) for the first quarter of 2023, up 3.87% year-on-year.

However, the company said its outlook for the second quarter will be weaker due to two factors.

These are the seasonal off-peak period as new and old products transition, as well as a high base “from an unseasonally strong pull-in in the first half of last year,” Foxconn said.

Foxconn was also recently in the news after its founder Terry Gou announced his intention to run for Taiwan’s presidency.

2 Hours Ago

India expected to raise repo rates by 25 points to 6.75%

India’s central bank is expected to raise its repurchase rate from 6.5% to 6.75%, making this its eighth straight increase.

According to a Reuters poll of 60 economists, 47 are expecting a rate hike, while the remainder expect a pause.

The repurchase rate, or repo rate, is the rate at which the Reserve Bank of India lends money to commercial banks or financial institutions in India against government securities. 

The country held its repo rate at a five year low of 4% in May 2020, until it initiated hikes in April 2022.

— Lim Hui Jie

8 Hours Ago

Chip stocks fall as recession fears mount

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CNBC Pro: The banking panic has created this pocket of opportunity with yields nearing 8%, according to analysts

Recent banking turmoil in the U.S. and Europe has been a source of panic, but analysts are pointing to a pocket of opportunity.

Investors can enjoy high yields in this type of investment, some are at highs and hovering at nearly 8%.

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— Weizhen Tan

13 Hours Ago

Services index slides on drops in orders, imports and prices

The U.S. services sector slipped closer to contraction in March due to sharp declines in new orders, exports and prices.

The ISM Services index declined to 51.2%, representing the level of businesses reporting expansion. A reading below 50% represents contraction, a level that index last saw in December. Economists had been looking for 53.8%, according to Dow Jones. February’s reading was 55.1%.

New export orders plunged 18 percentage points to 43.7, new orders tumbled 10.4 points to 52.2 and imports fell 9 points to 43.6. The prices sub-index showed inflation cooling some, as it dropped 6.1 percentage points to 59.5.

The ISM Manufacturing index is well in contraction level, with a reading Tuesday of 46.3% for March.

—Jeff Cox

13 Hours Ago

U.S. trade deficit rises, pointing to weaker Q1 growth

The U.S. trade deficit rose more than expected in February as exports posted a sharp decline, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

The trade imbalance increased to $70.5 billion for the month, up $1.9 billion from January and more than the Dow Jones estimate.

Exports fell to $251.2 billion, a 2.7% decline, as industrial supplies, autos, consumer goods and capital goods all decreased. Imports fell by $5 billion.

As exports add to GDP and imports subtract, the numbers suggest economic growth could be weaker than expected in the first quarter. The Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow tracker is pointing to a gain of just 1.7% for the period, down from 3.5% less than two weeks ago.

—Jeff Cox

2 Hours Ago

CNBC Pro: Market veteran says we may be ‘a long way from a new bull market’ and shares what to buy and avoid

A strong first quarter for stocks has raised hopes of a new bull market. But David Dietze, managing principal at Peapack Private Wealth Management, says that could be wrong and inflation is still the biggest headwind.

He added that investors should remain invested in the stock market.

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— Zavier Ong

14 Hours Ago

Yields dip after ADP report misses expectations

Treasury yields gave up their gains and turned red for the day after a weak labor market reading from the ADP private payrolls report.

The 2-year Treasury yield fell 8 basis points to 3.751%. The 10-year yield fell more than 3 basis points to about 3.3%.

Yields move opposite of price.

— Jesse Pound

14 Hours Ago

Hiring slumps in March as financial activities sector sees big decline

Private company hiring fell sharply in March and was well below expectations, according to a report from payroll processing firm ADP.

Payrolls rose by just 145,000 for the month, down from 261,000 in February and below the Dow Jones estimate for 210,000.

Losses in financial activities, profession and business services and manufacturing pushed the total lower. Leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities and construction led hiring.

The numbers come ahead of Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report, which is expected to show a gain of 238,000.

—Jeff Cox

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