BusinessAsian shares were set to open higher on Tuesday as investors shook off earlier worries about a hedge fund default that roiled global banking stocks overnight, while rekindled concerns about inflation pushed bond yields higher.FILE PHOTO: A man stands on an overpass with an electronic board showing Shanghai and Shenzhen stock indexes, at the Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song
30 Mar 2021 07:00AMShare this contentBookmarkNEW YORK: Asian shares were set to open higher on Tuesday as investors shook off earlier worries about a hedge fund default that roiled global banking stocks overnight, while rekindled concerns about inflation pushed bond yields higher.
The firmer tone in Asia comes as Wall Street pared earlier losses driven by the banking sector on fears that issues with a defaulting hedge fund could spread throughout the banking sector.AdvertisementAdvertisementNomura and Credit Suisse are facing billions of dollars in losses and regulatory scrutiny after a U.S. investment firm, named by sources as Archegos Capital, defaulted on equity derivative bets, putting investors on edge about who else might be exposed. Shares in Nomura and Credit Suisse declined 16.3per cent and 13.8per cent, respectively, on Monday. headtopics.com
In early Asian trade, however, Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures were up 0.44per cent and Japan's Nikkei 225 futures had advanced 0.86per cent.Michael McCarthy, chief markets strategist at CMC Markets said the worries"are very specific to a small number of hedge funds." He said he did not expect any systemic fallout.
Still, the dollar gained on safe-haven buying, while bond prices came under pressure as the outlook for economic growth raised the specter of inflation, he added.AdvertisementAdvertisementBenchmark 10-year yields rose to a session high of 1.728per cent in the U.S. after the state of New York on Monday announced people aged 30 and older could get coronavirus vaccinations starting March 30.
Crude prices inched up on a report that Russia would back broadly stable oil output when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies meet this week.Futures had earlier fallen on news that a container ship in the Suez Canal blocking traffic for nearly a week had been refloated, bringing some relief to concerns about a supply blockage.
Optimism about speedy vaccinations, the record U.S. stimulus, and robust estimates for upcoming earnings, drove the Dow and the S&P 500 to record closing highs last week.AdvertisementOn Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3per cent, the S&P 500 lost 0.09per cent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.6per cent. headtopics.com
The KBW Nasdaq Bank stock index ended 2.3per cent lower after falling nearly 3.5per cent during the session."There's still chatter as to whether or not, and which, American banks may be affected," said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey."That is a question that's lurking. But so far the market has taken (the news) in stride essentially."
(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Sam Holmes) Read more: CNA »