Stocks going nowhere as virus fears hold optimism in check – Reuters

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MSCIs broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan MIAPJ0000PUS rose 0.5%, for a weekly gain of around 0.7%. Japans Nikkei.N225 increased 1.3% to sit 0.4% greater for the week.
Bulls seem to have the upper hand in currency markets, with the U.S. dollar down 0.3% for the week, and riskier currencies such as the Australian dollar partially ahead. [FRX/] U.S. stock futures were 0.1% greater in afternoon sell Asia, while European futures indicated little Thursday gains extending. German DAX futures FDXc1, Britains FTSE futures FFIc1 and EuroSTOXX 50 futures STXEc1 all rose about 1%.
” Were stuck in a bit of a variety,” said Shane Oliver, chief economic expert at AMP Capital in Sydney. “Theres a degree of optimism that any 2nd wave will be offset by stimulus … but if we need to go back to a restored lockdown then its a various story, and markets face a lot more disadvantage danger.”
The moves followed a bumpy session on Wall Street, which completed in positive territory after a late rise led by banking stocks.
Still, volumes were light and a lot of headwinds stay.
The governor of Texas paused the states reopening as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rose and the United States set a brand-new record for a one-day boost in cases.
Localised constraints to slow the virus have now been re-imposed in parts of Lisbon in Portugal, western Germany, Australias Victoria state and Beijing. Australias greatest grocer likewise reinstated purchasing limits on toilet tissue after another rush in stores.
The U.S. Senate also passed legislation that would enforce obligatory sanctions on individuals or companies that back efforts by China to limit Hong Kongs autonomy, yet another prospective Sino-U.S. flashpoint.
To end up being law it should likewise pass the House and be signed by President Donald Trump. Assistance for pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong has actually slipped, but maintains backing of a slim majority, a survey conducted for Reuters revealed.
Hong Kongs Hang Seng index.HSI fell 0.6% in on Friday, after being closed for a vacation on Thursday. Markets in China and Taiwan remain closed.
The U.S. Treasury market was peaceful, with the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasuries US10YT= RR consistent at 0.6807%. Gold XAU= held constant at $1,759.81 an ounce. GOL/]
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The pull of war in between bulls and bears today has sent out the S&P 500. SPX ahead by as far 1.8% and down by as much as 2.4% on the week, with Thursdays gains leaving it flat.
Forex markets have likewise stalled, as the infection development damages self-confidence in bets on more gains in hard-running riskier currencies.
” Having increased for three straight months, some repayment might be due for stocks and currencies in July,” strategists at Singapores DBS Bank said in a note on Friday.
” We would avoid currencies– Indonesian rupiah, Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar– that valued most in June and Q2.”
Relocations in majors were small on Friday, with the Aussie AUD= D3 consistent at $0.6889, up 0.8% for the week, and the kiwi NZD= D3 edging ahead to $0.6444, for a 0.6% weekly gain. The Aussie has actually rallied 25% from March lows and the kiwi 18%.
After a variety of U.S. information overnight, markets are trying to find reassurance from European confidence surveys and U.S. spending data due in the future Friday.
Oil costs, a barometer of energy usage therefore the global development outlook, edged ahead to hold stable for the week.
U.S. unrefined CLc1 futures were last up 1.3% or 49 cents to $39.21 per barrel and Brent futures LCOc1 rose 1.4% to $41.62 per barrel.
Reporting by Tom Westbrook in Singapore. Additoinal reporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Sam Holmes and Richard Pullin

FILE PHOTO: A guy using a protective face mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, strolls in front of a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Bulls seem to have the upper hand in currency markets, with the U.S. dollar down 0.3% for the week, and riskier currencies such as the Australian dollar marginally ahead. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index.HSI fell 0.6% in on Friday, after being closed for a vacation on Thursday. Markets in China and Taiwan remain closed. The U.S. Treasury market was quiet, with the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasuries US10YT= RR stable at 0.6807%. Gold XAU= held stable at $1,759.81 an ounce.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stock markets ground greater on Friday, but are set to end a choppy week with only minor gains as surging coronavirus infections cast a shadow over encouraging financial information and inspected expect a quick international recovery.