Asian Markets Meander
Also in China, Beijing announced that inflation rose to 6.5% in October, from 6.2% a month earlier. The data increases the likelihood that Beijing may raise interest rates soon, with some saying that a hike could come this weekend.
In particular, rising food costs are putting pressure on other areas of consumer spending. Beijing is expected to lift rates by 27 basis points this year.
In Japanese trading, the yen continued to rise vs. the dollar, to as high as 110.03 by the end of Asian trading.Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda told local journalists that the yen is rising "too fast," and warned speculators in the currency to "be cautious" about possible intervention to stabilize the yen's rise. Many currency strategists expect a deep decline in the yen soon, which may propel buying in the Hong Kong and Chinese equity markets as the carry trade comes back into favor with hedge funds, they say. Japanese exporters were mixed, with Sony (SNE) up 0.95%, to 5,260 yen, and Nintendo (NTDOY) gaining 0.51%, to 59,100 yen. Canon (CAJ) fell back 1.28%, to 5,360 yen. Nintendo has performed strongly this year, and is expected to start exporting the Wii to South Korea and China in January 2008.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV