Stock market today: Live updates

Stock market today: Live updates

3 Hours Ago

China leaves benchmark loan rates unchanged

China left its one-year and five-year loan prime rates unchanged at 3.45% and 4.2% respectively for September.

The People’s Bank of China last cut the one-year LPR rates in August, lowering it to 3.45% from 3.55%, while the five-year LPR was last cut in June from 4.3% to 4.2%.

Hebe Chen, market analyst at IG International said “PBOC’s hold today highlights the dilemma that central bank keeps struggling with: to save the economy or save the yuan.”

As such, she thinks that the central bank’s “inconsistence” will persist, “due to the lack of a committed priority.”

The offshore yuan strengthened slightly to trade at 7.3028 against the greenback. The currency hit its all-time low just recently, at 7.3650 against the U.S. dollar on Sept. 8.

— Lim Hui Jie

5 Hours Ago

Japan trade deficit falls by two thirds year-on-year in August

Japan’s trade deficit fell 66.7% in August, coming in at 930.5 billion yen ($6.3 billion) compared with the 2.79 trillion yen deficit a year ago.

However, the trade deficit was still wider than the 659.1 billion yen expected by economists polled by Reuters.

Both imports and exports to the world’s third-largest economy fell 17.8% and 0.8% year-on-year respectively, lower than Reuters expectations of a 19.4% fall for imports and 1.7% drop for exports.

— Lim Hui Jie

7 Hours Ago

South Korea wholesale inflation rate rises for first time in over a year

South Korea’s producer price index rose 1% year on year in August, marking the first time the wholesale inflation rate has risen since July 2022.

This is higher than the 0.3% year-on-year gain recorded in July. On a month on month basis, the PPI gained 0.9% in August, compared with a 0.2% rise the month before.

Agricultural, forestry and marine products saw the largest rise in prices in August, with prices climbing 3.6% year-on-year and 7.3% month-on-month

The PPI measures the average change in price of goods and services sold by manufacturers and producers in the wholesale market.

— Lim Hui Jie

7 Hours Ago

Fed ‘dot plot’ could be key for traders on Wednesday

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to hold rates steady Wednesday, but the central bankers will give an update on their economic outlook with the summary of economic projections, which includes one key chart that traders will have an eye on.

The so-called “dot plot” that charts the projected move in the Fed funds rate and the press conference of Chair Powell will give investors a clue as to what happens in the November meeting and into 2024.

“I think that they will keep that bias towards higher rates in there and indicate that they are willing to raise the funds rate further if the data start to show that either inflation is not slowing as they expect it to, or if the labor market remains too tight,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

Read more about the meeting here.

— Jeff Cox, Jesse Pound

8 Hours Ago

Earnings picture is supporting the stock market, Chris Hyzy says

Wednesday’s policy decision from the Federal Reserve will be the first since July 26, which happened early in the second-quarter earnings season.

And while the S&P 500 is down about 2.7% since that day, the earnings picture has largely held up. And that could help explain why stocks are holding up even as interest rates have started to climb again.

“The market’s resilient because of earnings. it pushes all of the other narrative and all of the other stories to the side for now,” Chris Hyzy, CIO at Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank, said Tuesday on “Closing Bell.”

— Jesse Pound

8 Hours Ago

Higher oil prices are near-term headache for central banks but don’t threaten high inflation

“(G)iven that inflation remains above target, the recent rise in oil prices creates a near-term headache for central banks, which they may well convey by toeing a hawkish line,” Simon MacAdam, senior global economist at Capital Economics wrote in a note to clients Tuesday entitled, “Higher oil prices not a game-changer for inflation.”

London-based Capital Economics doesn’t believe higher crude oil prices will pave the way for “a sustained rebound in inflation,” or that central banks in developed economies will react by pushing up interest rates or even keep them higher for longer solely due to the energy markets.

“(W)e do not believe that the recent increase in oil prices will cause central banks in advanced economies to respond with interest rate hikes. For oil prices to have a bearing on the outlook for monetary policy, central banks would probably need to see prices rise higher and for a sustained period against a backdrop of resilient activity and rising inflation expectations,” MacAdam said.

— Scott Schnipper

8 Hours Ago

Stock futures open little changed

Futures were calm on Tuesday evening when trading reopened at 6 p.m. ET. Futures for the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 all moved by less than 0.1%.

— Jesse Pound

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