Asia stocks follow Wall Street down as Fed fights inflation

Oil prices edged higher.Wall Streets benchmark S and P 500 index fell 1.7 per cent on Wednesday to a two-month low after the Fed raised its benchmark lending rate by 0.75 percentage points, three times its usual margin.The Fed said it expects that rate to be a full percentage point higher by years end than it did three months ago.The Fed still managed to out-hawk the markets, Anna Stupnytska of Fidelity International said in a report.


PTI | Beijing | Updated: 22-09-2022 11:42 IST | Created: 22-09-2022 11:40 IST
Asia stocks follow Wall Street down as Fed fights inflation
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Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered another big interest rate hike and raised its outlook for more to cool galloping inflation.

Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Oil prices edged higher.

Wall Street's benchmark S and P 500 index fell 1.7 per cent on Wednesday to a two-month low after the Fed raised its benchmark lending rate by 0.75 percentage points, three times its usual margin.

The Fed said it expects that rate to be a full percentage point higher by year's end than it did three months ago.

"The Fed still managed to out-hawk the markets," Anna Stupnytska of Fidelity International said in a report. "Economic strength and a hot labour market point to a limited trade-off — at least for the time being — between growth and inflation." The Shanghai Composite Index sank 0.2 per cent to 3,111.37 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo slid 1 per cent to 27,053.10. Hong Kong's Hang Seng tumbled 1.8 per cent to 18,107.09.

South Korea's Kospi sank 1.2 per cent to 2,320.22 and India's Sensex opened down 0.4 per cent at 59,456.78.

New Zealand edged up less than 0.1 per cent while Southeast Asian markets declined.

The Fed and central banks in Europe and Asia raising rates to slow economic growth and cool inflation that is at multi-decade highs.

Traders worry they might derail global economic growth. Fed officials acknowledge the possibility such aggressive rate hikes might bring on a recession but say inflation must be brought under control.

They point to a relatively strong US job market as evidence the economy can tolerate higher borrowing costs.

"The Fed's new economic projections highlight it will tolerate a recession to bring inflation down," said Gregory Daco of EY Parthenon in a report.

The yield on the two-year Treasury, or the difference between the market price and the payout if held to maturity, rose to 4.02 per cent from 3.97 per cent late on Tuesday. It was trading at its highest level since 2007.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which influences mortgage rates, fell to 3.52 per cent from 3.56 per cent late on Tuesday.

The S and P 500 fell to 3,789.93. The Dow fell 1.7 per cent to 30,183.78, and the Nasdaq composite lost 1.8 per cent to 11,220.19.

The major Wall Street indexes are on pace for their fifth weekly loss in six weeks.

Fed chair Jerome Powell stressed his resolve to lift rates high enough to drive inflation back toward the central bank's 2 per cent goal. Powell said the Fed has just started to get to that level with this most recent increase.

The central bank's latest rate hike lifted its benchmark rate, which affects many consumer and business loans, to a range of 3 per cent to 3.25 per cent, the highest level in 14 years, and up from zero at the start of the year.

The Fed released a forecast known as a "dot plot" that showed it expects its benchmark rate to be 4.4 per cent by year's end, a full point higher than envisioned in June.

US consumer prices rose 8.3 per cent in August. That was down from July's 9.1 per cent peak, but core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices to give a clearer picture of the trend, rose to 0.6 per cent over the previous month, up from July's 0.3 per cent increase.

Central bankers in Japan, Britain, Switzerland and Norway are due to report on whether they also will raise rates again. Sweden surprised economists this week with a full-point hike.

The global economy also has been roiled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which pushed up prices of oil, wheat and other commodities.

In energy markets, benchmark US crude gained 19 cents to USD 83.13 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York mercantile Exchange.

The contract fell USD 1 to USD 82.94 on Wednesday. Brent crude, the price basis for international oil trading, advanced 20 cents to USD 90.03 per barrel in London. It lost 79 cents the previous session to USD 89.83.

The dollar gained to 144.48 yen from Wednesday's 143.46 yen. The euro fell to 98.18 cents from 99.09 cents.

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