As the dollar increased as a result of the Fed’s policy changes, Asian Shares across the board seemed to dip proportionally.
Of course, as the U.S. recovers from the last two years of economic downturns and hardships from the pandemic, it is expected that inflation would continue to play a pivotal role in the fluctuations of the dollar and incumbent markets.
Asia Pacific shares have seen four previous days in the loss column, but were able to save a modest gain at the close. The Hang Seng index, for example, helped things along a little by inclining 0.53%, while the KOSPI inched up 0.16%.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the Nikkei rose 0.31%.
In other news, gold prices staved off a complete loss for the week by rising 0.56% at $1,783.21 per ounce. This is a good thing considering how hard gold had been hit by the Fed’s recent conference.
Data coming out of the United States concerning employment and other sectors was quite positive. Losses in employment are down and hiring is up, while factories are continuing a healthy pace toward positive gains as well.
Investors drove the tech shares up as well, based on their persistent hope that the U.S. is heading for a clearing in the economic weeds. This persistence drove the Nasdaq up 0.87%. The S&P 500 went down slightly, however, by 0.04%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.62% as well and this was a result of the wider markets being driven down by the Feds.
Relevant remarks collected by MetaNews shore up these findings:
“While wage-price dynamics and inflation expectations are sticking to the Fed’s script, if they were to go off script even a bit, policymakers will need to pull forward when they begin and how quickly they normalize monetary policy,” Mark Zandi, remarked.
“While this is a tricky balance the Fed must ultimately manage in every business cycle, it is happening much earlier in this one.” As the dollar increased as a result of the Fed’s policy changes, we wait for additional reassurance.