February 7, 2023

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Asia Pacific Markets, Fed Minutes, Inflation, PMI, Singapore Retail, Caixin Services

Asia Pacific Markets, Fed Minutes, Inflation, PMI, Singapore Retail, Caixin Services

Singapore’s annual retail sales for November are rising at a slower pace

Retail sales in Singapore increased by 6.2% In November last year, it was slower than the 10.3% growth recorded in October, according to the latest figures published by the Department of Statistics.

The reading represents a decrease from the past seven consecutive months of double-digit annual growth.

Excluding automobiles, Singapore’s retail sales totaled $4 billion, of which 14.8% of sales were online.

“The higher percentage of online retail sales is mainly attributable to increased sales recorded during year-end online shopping events,” the report stated.

– Lee Ying Chan

Oil prices have rebounded after two days of decline due to pent-up Chinese demand for travel

Oil prices rose more than 1% after two days of declines, as China’s reopening added optimism about an economic recovery and support for demand.

Brent Crude futures rose 1.08% to $78.68 a barrel, while US futures rose Midwest Texas Futures gained 1.19%, to $73.71 a barrel.

Investors seemed to ignore their fears of a possible global recession pursued by the fragile economic growth prospects in the United States and China, which led to a drop in oil prices by more than 9% in the past two days.

– Lee Ying Chan

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China’s Caixin Services data shows improvement, and is still in contraction territory

the Caixin China Public Service Purchasing Manager Index It showed an easing of pressure on the sector for the month of December with a reading of 48 while maintaining contraction territory.

The print rose from a six-month low in the previous month with a reading of 46.7.

The 50-point mark separates growth from contraction. PMI readings are sequential and represent expansion or contraction on a monthly basis.

“Optimism has improved significantly,” said Wang Zhi, chief economist at Caixin Insight Group, adding that the measure of expectations for future activity rose about 4 points from last month.

“Service providers expressed strong confidence in the economic recovery after the easing of COVID-19 containment measures,” Wang said.

– Jihe Lee

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The S&P Hong Kong Global PMI indicates ease of contraction in the private sector

S&P Hong Kong Purchasing Managers’ Index ticked higher to 49.6 in December from 48.7 in November despite remaining in contraction territory for the fourth consecutive month.

S&P said the slower contraction seen in the city’s private sector was due to a pickup in business activity in the last month of 2022, buoyed by the easing of Covid restrictions.

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Demand in the city remains weak, S&P said, adding that total new orders are shrinking on the back of worsening economic conditions.

– Lee Ying Chan

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Minutes show Fed officials expect higher rates ‘for some time’

The Fed released the minutes of its December 13-14 meeting, which showed that central bank officials expect interest rates to be higher for “sometimes. “

The summary of the meeting stated: “Participants generally noted that the restrictive policy stance should be maintained until incoming data provided confidence that inflation was on a sustainable downward trajectory to 2 per cent, which was likely to take some time.” “In light of the persistent and unacceptable level of inflation, many respondents commented that historical experience cautioned against easing monetary policy prematurely.”

“A number of participants emphasized that it would be important to state clearly that the slowdown in the pace of interest rate increases was not indicative of any weakness in the committee’s determination to achieve the goal of price stability or to judge that inflation was already on its way,” the minutes said.

– Jeff Cox

November shakes better than expected

The number of job vacancies in November reached 10.5 million, according to the latest Job Vacancies and Employment Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.

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The report came in slightly better than expected although it didn’t change much from the previous month. Analysts expected the number of JOLTS to reach around 10 million in November.

The number of appointments and total separations were also unchanged at 6.1 million and 5.9 million, respectively. There were also 4.2 million resignations and 1.4 million layoffs and layoffs during the month.

– Carmen Renick

Chinese ADRs rise in pre-market trading

Chinese drug interactions Jump in pre-market trading After Ant Group received approval to raise its registered capital, a sign that Chinese regulators may be loosening their grip on the country’s tech sector.

shares JD.com And the Ali Baba Each rose more than 6%. neteaseAnd the Baidu And the Trip.com Other stocks were making notable moves.

The Ant Group, which previously had its own IPO plans thwarted by regulatory concerns, has been allowed to double its registered capital as part of the new plan.

– Jesse Pound