Asian Stocks Up, Possible Stimulus Talks

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Asian stocks mostly rose after U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to change his position on stimulus talks. He has been tweeting new proposals overnight. 

President Trump has once again set the tone of opening trade in the APAC region. In early trade, most markets were up.

Trump’s multiple overnight tweets pushed Congress to pass various individual stimulus packages. These were for industry, consumers, and small business. 

This reversal encouraged investors looking for positive moves from the government to prop up the COVID-19-battered U.S. economy.

Moreover, markets are also factoring in a Democrat win in U.S. presidential elections.  There are expectations of a larger stimulus package at a later date in the event of a Democrat clean sweep.

The U.S. vice-presidential debate took place earlier in the day. It is also being looked to for indicators as to the outcome of the U.S. elections due in November.

National Australia Bank analyst Tapas Strickland said, there is a greater chance of a larger stimulus package later. This is even if there was no slimmed down stimulus package, he said.

Households and Businesses Need Government Support

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell spoke at the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) conference on the previous day. He addressed the need for government support.

The Fed Chairman Powell said, too little support would lead to a weak recovery. Thus, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses. Eventually, household insolvencies and business bankruptcies would rise, he said.

It would harm the productive capacity of the economy and hold back wage growth. Powell also added that by contrast, the risks of overdoing it seem, for now, to be smaller.

The Australian S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.36%. Prices experienced a boost because of the proposal of the major government fiscal support.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.98% and South Korea’s KOSPI gained 0.31%

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.86% 

Meanwhile, China’s markets are closed for a holiday. Investors await China’s Caixin Services Purchasing Managers Index, due to be out on Friday.

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