Markets stay closed at the moment for Mahashivratri; Asian shares fall sharply on fears of unfold of coronavirus


The Bombay Inventory Trade (BSE) and the Nationwide Inventory Trade of India (NSE) will stay closed at the moment (21 February) on account of Mahashivratri.

Wholesale commodity markets, together with metallic and bullion, will stay shut and there will probably be no buying and selling exercise within the foreign exchange and commodity futures markets as properly.

In the meantime on Thursday, after a uneven session, the 30-share BSE Sensex settled 152.88 factors, or 0.37 %, decrease at 41,170.12. Equally, the broader NSE Nifty slipped 45.05 factors, or 0.37 %, to 12,080.85.

Through the week, the Sensex fell 86.62 factors or 0.21 %, whereas the Nifty shed 32.65 factors or 0.26 %, in response to a PTI report.

Asian shares underneath water

Asian shares have been underneath water on Friday as fears over the creeping unfold of the coronavirus despatched funds fleeing to the sheltered shores of US property, lofting the greenback to three-year highs, in response to Reuters. Even Wall Road turned soggy late on Thursday on information of elevated infections in Beijing and overseas. South Korea reported 52 new confirmed circumstances on Friday.

Company earnings are more and more underneath risk as US producers, like many others, scramble for various sources as China’s provide chains seize up.

The Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA) estimated losses for Asian airways alone might quantity to virtually $28 billion this yr, with most of that in China.

“COVID-19 anxiety has risen to a new level amid concerns of virus outbreaks in Beijing and outside of China,” mentioned Rodrigo Catril, a senior FX strategist at NAB.

“US and EU equity markets have been sold across the board with core global yields benefiting from safe-haven flows,” he added. “Asian currencies have suffered sharp falls, including the yen as recession fears trump the usual safe-haven demand.”

 Markets remain closed today for Mahashivratri; Asian shares fall sharply on fears of spread of coronavirus

Representational picture. Reuters

Including to the strain was the upcoming launch of flash manufacturing surveys for a spread of nations. Japan’s index dropped to 47.6 in February, from 48.8, marking the steepest contraction in seven years.

Gold shined as a secure harbour and rose to its highest in seven years. The yellow metallic was final at $1,623.94 having added 2.5 % for the week to date.

Equities lagged badly, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outdoors Japan off 0.Eight % on Friday in nervous commerce.

South Korea slid 1.2 % because the virus unfold within the nation, whereas Japan’s Nikkei eased 0.three % whilst a plunge within the yen promised to help exporters.

Shanghai blue chips have been holding their nerve because of the promise of extra coverage stimulus at house. However each E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 and EUROSTOXX 50 slipped 0.three %.

The Dow had misplaced 0.44 % on Thursday, whereas the S&P 500 misplaced 0.38 % and the Nasdaq 0.67 %.

Shopping for bonds

Sovereign bonds benefited from the mounting danger aversion, with yields on 30-year US Treasuries falling beneath the psychologically vital 2 % degree to the bottom since September 2019.

Yields on 10-year notes have been down Eight foundation factors for the week at 1.50 %, lows have been final seen in September.

“The US 10-year has rallied more than all the other liquid G5 bond market alternatives,” mentioned Alan Ruskin, international head of G10 FX technique at Deutsche Financial institution. “Treasuries attract foreign bond inflows because of their higher yields, and because higher yields leave more scope for yields to decline.”

These flows have been a boon to the US greenback, boosting it to multi-month peaks in opposition to a raft of opponents this week.

Probably the most spectacular features got here on the Japanese yen as a run of dire home knowledge stirred discuss of recession there and ended months of stalemate available in the market.

The greenback was final lording it at 112.02 yen and set for its finest week since September 2017 with an increase of two %. One other casualty of its shut commerce ties with China was the Australian greenback, which plumbed 11-years lows.

The euro fared little higher, touching lows final seen in April 2017 to be buying and selling at $1.0787.

Towards a basket of currencies, the greenback hit a three-year prime at 99.910 having climbed 0.Eight % for the week to date.

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets famous the greenback’s outperformance had introduced it near breaching a number of main chart obstacles, which might supercharge its rally.

“This has allowed the DXY to approach the 100.00 threshold—with a key resistance hurdle at 100.30 now within sight,” they wrote in a observe. The identical went for the Chinese language yuan.

“USD/CNH is now poised to pierce resistance at 7.0559 after the USD hit new cycle highs against other EM currencies.”

Oil costs pale a little bit on Friday however have been nonetheless up greater than three % for the week.

US crude dipped 38 cents to $53.50 a barrel, whereas Brent crude futures eased 39 cents to $58.92.

–With inputs from businesses


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