Recently, Chinese shares caused major Asia markets in obtaining proceeds by the close, as emotion persisted to be sustained by the latest phase one trade deal amid Beijing and Washington. The Shanghai Composite advanced by 1.27% to settle at 3,022.42, and the Shenzhen Composite climbed by 1.30% to close at 1,708.41 whereas the Shenzhen Component inched up by 1.45% to 10,306.03. Hang Seng index in Hong Kong surged by 1.06% during its final hour of trading. The tech stocks recovered, with Tencent jumping by 2.83%. In China, shares of a trendy photo-editing app Meitu rocketed by 7%. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index added by 0.47% to settle at 24,066.12 and the Topix index gained 0.59% to 1,747.20.
In South Korea, the Kospi index jumped over 1% to settle at 2,195.68. The shares of Samsung Electronics pitched by 3.66%, while chip manufacturer SK Hynix soared by 4.74%. In the meantime, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index closed flat at 6,847.30. Minutes from the RBA’s (Reserve Bank of Australia) December summit—where the central bank chooses to leave the cash rate unaltered at 0.75%—showed it was “planned to alleviate monetary policy further if required.” The notes from the meeting stated, “Members approved that it will be significant to reconsider the economic prospect in February 2020, when the Bank will put in order updated forecasts.”
Similarly, RBA was in news for laying a foundation for the February interest rate cut. Reserve Bank board members took note that the country’s spending freeze can partly be down to a regular lag in monetary policy but indicated the central bank is ready to slash to a fresh low of 0.5% when it congregates in February. The notes from the RBA’s meeting on December 3 stated that board members noted monetary guidelines had “long and variable lags” and that bankrupted consumers might take some time prior to increasing their investments in reaction to three 0.25% rate curbs in the last 6 months.