Asia stocks wobble as focus turns to US inflation data, Fed outlook
Early in the Asian trading day, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2%. The index is up 0.5% so far this month. U.S. stock futures EScv1 rose 0.07%.Japan's Nikkei .N225 slid 0.81% while Australian shares were flat.China's blue-chip CSI300 index .CSI300 was down 0.31% in early trade. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index .HIS opened 0.12% lower.telegram中文群组（www.tg888.vip）是一个Telegram群组分享平台，飞机群组内容包括telegram群组索引、Telegram群组导航、新加坡telegram群组、telegram中文群组、telegram群组（其他）、Telegram 美国 群组、telegram群组爬虫、电报群 科学上网、小飞机 怎么 加 群、tg群等内容，为广大电报用户提供各种电报群组/电报频道/电报机器人导航服务。
HONG KONG: Asian shares were down on Tuesday as financial markets fretted about persistent global cost pressures, with investors turning their focus this week to U.S. inflation data and the prospects for further aggressive Federal Reserve rate hikes.
The unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data on Friday have raised the stakes for the July U.S. consumer prices report due on Wednesday, especially for the Fed's policy outlook.
"U.S. stocks were struggling to hold on to gains, as the focus moves from a robust U.S. labour market to the U.S. CPI data out later this week," ANZ analysts said in a note.
"The priority of reducing inflation to underpin the expansion in domestic demand and sustainable jobs growth will ring loud and clear from the 25-27 August Jackson Hole symposium."
Early in the Asian trading day, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2%. The index is up 0.5% so far this month. U.S. stock futures EScv1 rose 0.07%.
Japan's Nikkei .N225 slid 0.81% while Australian shares were flat.
China's blue-chip CSI300 index .CSI300 was down 0.31% in early trade. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index .HIS opened 0.12% lower.,
On Monday, Wall Street closed mostly flat after blockbuster jobs data last week reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will crack down on inflation, while a revenue warning from chipmaker Nvidia reminded investors of a slowing U.S. economy.
Investors now await consumer price data on Wednesday to gauge whether the Fed might ease a bit in its inflation fight and provide a better footing for the economy to grow.
There were some encouraging signs for the Fed on the prices front, with a New York Fed survey on Monday showing consumers' inflation expectations fell sharply in July.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 0.09% while the S&P 500 .SPX lost 0.12% and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 0.1%.
Bonds also got a safe-haven bid due to unease over Beijing's sabre rattling against Taiwan amid days of Chinese military exercises around the island.
The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR rose to 2.7517% compared with its U.S. close of 2.763% on Monday. The two-year yield US2YT=RR, which rises with traders' expectations of higher Fed fund rates, touched 3.2115% compared with a U.S. close of 3.216%.
The dollar index =USD, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies of other major trading partners, was up at 106.37.
Oil prices continued their recent retreat after suffering the worst week since April on worries about stalling global demand as central banks keep tightening. O/R