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शेयर बाजार आज: एशियाई बेंचमार्क मिश्रित हैं जबकि अमेरिका मौजूदा दरों के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है

Stock Market Today: Mixed Asian Benchmarks, US Appears Committed to Current Rates

Asian shares are trading mixed after most U.S. stocks slipped on firmer expectations that the Fed is committed to its current rate practices

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  • 17, Apr, 2024
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Stock Market Today: Asian Benchmarks Are Mixed While US Seems Committed to Current Rates

In the Asian markets on Wednesday, a mixed sentiment prevailed as investors grappled with the prospect of prolonged high U.S. interest rates. The Nikkei 225 in Japan saw a 0.5% dip, settling at 38,296.69, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 managed a slight uptick of less than 0.1% to reach 7,618.50. South Korea's Kospi remained largely unchanged, edging down marginally to 2,608.93. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng experienced a slight decline of 0.2%, closing at 16,219.84, whereas the Shanghai Composite surged by 1.1% to reach 3,040.72.

This fluctuating response followed comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who indicated at an event on Tuesday that any adjustment to the central bank's main interest rate, currently at its highest level since 2001, would hinge on greater confidence in inflation consistently meeting its 2% target. Powell's remarks underscored a prevailing sentiment among investors of a potentially protracted timeline for rate cuts, prompting cautious market behavior.

Yeap Jun Rong, a market analyst at IG, noted the prevailing risk-averse attitude among investors, citing Powell's statements as well as a chorus of other Fed officials advocating for patience in easing monetary policy. This collective stance fostered a climate of hesitancy in the markets, with risk-taking appetites subdued.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 experienced a decline of 0.2%, shedding 10.41 points to settle at 5,051.41. The index extended losses from the previous session, driven by mounting pressure stemming from a surge in Treasury yields. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed a modest uptick of 0.2%, rising by 63.86 points to close at 37,798.97. Conversely, the Nasdaq composite slipped by 0.1%, shedding 19.77 points to reach 15,865.25.

Overall, market sentiment remained cautious in the face of uncertainty surrounding the trajectory of U.S. interest rates, with investors closely monitoring statements from Federal Reserve officials for clues on future monetary policy decisions. This cautious stance contributed to the mixed performance observed across Asian and U.S. markets on Wednesday.

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