Stock markets rebound on China rate cut

Stock markets rebound on China rate cut

Stock markets rebound on China rate cut

Stock markets rebound on China rate cut

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Asian and European shares rebounded Friday on China’s hobby fee reduction, after sinking the day gone by on fears that sky-high inflation could spark an international downturn.

“Markets had been seeking out an excuse to dance, and a China rate reduce provided the motive,” IG analyst Chris Beauchamp informed.

“It isn’t much when set against the broader (rate) tightening we are seeing globally, but equities do look a bit stretched to the downside in the short term.”

China’s central bank announced it would lower its five-year loan prime rate — a key interest rate governing how lenders base their mortgage rates — to 4.45 percent from 4.6 percent.

That injected optimism among traders that it could boost the world’s second-largest economy from a Covid-induced stupor.

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The news comes in contrast to other major central banks — like the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England — that are raising borrowing costs to combat rocketing consumer prices.

European equities were buoyed Friday also by a surprise jump in UK retail sales last month, despite the nation’s inflation striking a 40-year peak of nine percent.

“European markets are staging gains to round up a hectic week for markets,” said Victoria Scholar, head of investment at trading firm Interactive Investor.

Markets had taken a beating Thursday on intensifying recession worries.

Wall Street has faced the brunt of selling, suffering its worst batterings in two years over the past couple of sessions.

Downcast earning reports from retailers have heightened market uncertainty at a time of rising interest rates, surging energy prices, China’s Covid lockdowns, and Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine.

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– Rollercoaster ride –

 

“It has been a rollercoaster ride for markets this week after Thursday’s bloodbath when US equities suffered their worse session since 2020 with that negativity reverberating across global stock markets,” added Scholar.

World oil prices edged lower as traders paused for breath at the end of a volatile trading week.

In Paris, EDF shares rose two percent to 8.46 euros despite announcing even more delays and vast cost overruns for its planned giant nuclear plant in southwest England.

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The French energy giant revealed Thursday that the cost will balloon to as much as £26 billion — and not begin generating electricity until June 2027.

Hinkley Point C, which aims to provide seven percent of Britain’s overall energy wishes, had previously been anticipated to cost up to £23 billion with a begin-up date of one year in advance.

EDF said in its announcement that there could be no additional value to British consumers.

 

– Key figures at around 1100 GMT –

 

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London – FTSE 100: UP 1.9 percent at 7,437.83 points

Frankfurt – DAX: UP 1.8 percent at 14,133.45

Paris – CAC 40: UP 1.4 percent at 6,358.04

EURO STOXX 50: UP 1.6 percent at 3,700.34

Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: UP 3.0 percent at 20,717.24 (close)

Shanghai – Composite: UP 1.6 percent at 3,146.57 (close)

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Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 1.3 percent at 26,739.03 (close)

New York – Dow: DOWN 0.8 percent at 31,253.13 (close)

Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.2 percent at $111.77 per barrel

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.3 percent at $111.84 per barrel

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0579 from $1.0588

Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2471 from $1.2467

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Euro/pound: DOWN at 84.84 pence from 84.93 pence

Dollar/yen: UP at 127.90 yen from 127.79

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