Tokyo, Japan (BBN) – Asian shares wavered on Tuesday, after Wall Street traded lower overnight on increased expectations that the Federal Reserve could tighten monetary policy next week.
Market expectations for a rate hike were 86.4 percent on Tuesday Asian time, according to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool, reports CNBC.
Also, US factory orders rose 1.2 per cent month-on-month and durable goods orders climbed 2 per cent, both beating the market consensus.
“Better-than-expected numbers led the market to believe that the Fed will have more reason to raise the interest rate in the FOMC meeting next week,” said Margaret Yang, market analyst at CMC Markets, in a Tuesday note.
Down Under, the ASX 200 returned to the green after a negative start, to trade up 0.42 per cent ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s monetary policy decision, which is largely expected to hold steady at a record low 1.50 per cent on the back of rising household debt.
The Nikkei 225 was down 0.13 per cent, extending Monday’s losses.
In South Korea, the Kospi advanced 0.33 per cent, even as geopolitical and political tensions continue to simmer.
The special prosecutor office said that South Korea President Park geun-hye colluded with a friend to take bribes from Samsung Group, aimed at cementing Samsung Chief Jay Y. Lee’s control of the country’s largest conglomerate, Reuters reported.
The Constitutional Court is expected to make a decision over Park’s impeachment as early as this week, while Samsung’s Lee will go on trial for bribery and embezzlement on Thursday.
North Korea fired four ballistic missiles on Monday morning, angering its neighbors.
The White House responded to the threat on Monday, and said the US would deploy an advanced anti-missile defense system to South Korea to bolster the country’s ability to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles.
“Despite recently emerging Korea-China geopolitical risk, we remain positive on the Kospi outlook.
Basically, Kospi is a combination of earnings and valuation multiples, and we are still positive on both,” said Sean Lee and Brian Lee, strategists at Citi, in a Monday note.
The Shanghai composite was up 0.05 per cent and Shenzhen composite added 0.16 per cent.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up 0.32 per cent.
On the Trump-news front, the American president signed a revised executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority countries – including Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from travelling to the US, this time removing Iraq from the list.
“In an overnight trading session really devoid of any major market moving news … there has been some focus on Trump’s second attempt at pushing through the controversial travel ban,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in a morning note.
The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 0.24 per cent to 20,954.34, as the S&P 500 closed down 0.33 per cent to 2,375.31 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 0.37 per cent to 5,849.17.
The dollar index was up 0.13 per cent at 101.67 early during Asian trade, while the yen continued to remain under the 114 handle, at 113.92 against the greenback.
The Australian dollar was fetching $0.7577.
Brent crude futures dipped 0.11 per cent to $55.95 a barrel while US crude was nearly flat at $53.19, as investors continued to search for direction from news out of the CERAweek energy conference in Houston.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday that the production deal with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has led to steadier oil price and less volatility, but Russia will not be joining the cartel.
An International Energy Agency (IEA) report said that global oil supply could struggle to keep up with demand beyond 2020, which could spark a new period of price volatility.
But this can be avoided if the industry sees more investments globally, IEA’s Executive Director Fatih Birol said.