Business Market 03 Jan 2017 Asia stocks see subd ...

Asia stocks see subdued start to 2017, dollar resumes climb

REUTERS
Published Jan 3, 2017, 7:59 am IST
Updated Jan 3, 2017, 7:59 am IST
China was the worst performing major Asian stock market in 2016, posting a 11.3 per cent loss in its worst year in five.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed in early trade as most regional markets.
 MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed in early trade as most regional markets.

Singapore: Asian stocks began 2017 on a flat note on Tuesday, uninspired by a surge in European markets to their highest in more than a year, while the dollar resumed its climb after last week's stumble.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was little changed in early trade as most regional markets reopened after the New Year holiday. It ended 2016 with a 3.7 per cent gain, its best year in four.

 

Australian shares , however, were off to a robust start, jumping almost 1 per cent, while South Korea added 0.2 per cent.

Japan was closed for an extended New Year holiday.

The dollar index which tracks the greenback against a basket of six global peers, rose almost 0.6 per cent, its biggest one-day advance since December 15.

The dollar pulled back 0.1 per cent to 117.42 yen on Tuesday, after jumping almost 0.6 per cent on Monday, its biggest one-day gain in more than two weeks.

"Following a period of consolidation between now and late January, we believe the USD will put on another 10 percent of gains over the next eighteen months," said Richard Grace, chief currency strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

 

With Britain and Switzerland shut for the New Year holiday on Monday, Europe's STOXX 600 index added 0.5 percent to hit its highest level since Jan. 4, 2015.

That came on the heels of data showing manufacturers ramped up activity at the fastest pace in more than five years in December.

Despite the positive data, the euro slumped 0.6 per cent on Monday, and edged up 0.1 per cent to $1.04655 early on Tuesday.

Official data on Sunday also showed China's manufacturing sector expanded in December, indicating the world's second-largest economy is entering 2017 on solid footing. But growth did slow slightly more than expected, in a sign that government measures to rein in soaring asset prices are affecting the broader economy.

 

China was the worst performing major Asian stock market in 2016, posting a 11.3 per cent loss in its worst year in five.

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