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Asia stocks mixed after Wall St down, China manufacturing up

Asia stocks mixed after Wall St down, China manufacturing up
Asian stock markets are mixed after the U.S. economy contracted and China reported stronger factory activity

asiatisk stock markets were mixed Thursday after the U.S. economy contracted and Kina reported stronger factory activity.

Shanghai and Hong Kong gained, while Tokyo and Seoul declined. Oil prices advanced.

Wall Street's referanseindeks S&P 500 index edged down 0.1% on Wednesday after data showed the U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter amid high inflation and weakening consumer confidence.

Investors are uneasy about signs the biggest global economy might be in a recession due to interest rate hikes imposed to cool surging inflation.

“Equities demand could remain muted for at least the next four to six months as interest rate hikes work through the U.S. økonomi,” said Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management in a report.

Shanghai Composite Index steg 1.4% til 3,406.82 after an official monthly gauge of factory activity rose and new orders improved. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.2% til 22,032.70.

Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 1.4% til 26,394.77 after May industrial production slumped 7.2% compared with the previous month. That was the sharpest decline since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 and largely reflected disruptions in China due to the pandemic.

The Kospi in Seoul shed 1.6% til 2,339.70 og Sydneys S&P-ASX 200 declined 1.1$ til 6,625.40.

India’s Sensex opened up 0.1% på 53,081.17. New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok advanced while Jakarta declined.

The S&P 500 slipped to 3,818.83 after official data showed economic activity contracted 1.6% at an annualized rate in the three months ending in March. That was the first contraction since the second quarter of 2020 in the depths of the pandemic.

U.S. benchmark is down 7.6% for the month and 20% from its Jan. 3 topp.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% til 31,029.31. The Nasdaq composite slipped less than 0.1% til 11,177.89.

“Not only is recession the base case, but I think it already may have begun,” said Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, speaking at a European Central Bank meeting in Portugal, said Wednesday there is “no guarantee” inflation can be tamed without hurting the job market.

The global economy has been roiled by anti-virus measures in China that shut down Shanghai and other industrial centers and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which pushed up prices of oil, wheat and other commodities.

A monthly purchasing managersindex released Thursday by the Chinese statistics agency and an industry group rose to 50.2 in June from 49.6 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate activity is increasing. The came after factories, shops and offices in Shanghai and other cities were allowed to reopen.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude gained 10 cent til $109.88 per fat i elektronisk handel på New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.98 on Wednesday to $109.78. Brent råolje, the price basis for international oil trading, la til 25 cent til $112.70 per barrel in London. It shed $1.72 forrige økt til $116.26. per barrel.

The dollar declined to 136.38 yen from Wednesday’s 136.54 yen. The euro fell to $1.0452 fra $1.0523.