Asia markets live updates: Japan CGPI, US inflation

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Japan 2-year bonds hit 13-year high; 10-year yields also climb

Japan’s 2-year government bond yields hit a 13-year high amid speculation that the Bank of Japan will soon tighten monetary policy.

The yield on the 2-year JGB rose to 0.2% on Tuesday, having last reached this level in January 2010.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year JGB also climbed to 0.778%, its highest level since November 2023.

— Lim Hui Jie

4 Hours Ago

Japan’s February corporate inflation rate comes in higher than expected

Japan’s corporate goods price index rose 0.6% year-on-year in February beating the 0.5% expected by economists polled by Reuters and quicker than December’s figure of 0.2%.

On a month-on-month basis, the CGPI climbed 0.2%, a faster pace than the 0.1% expected in the Reuters poll and also more than the 0% reading in December.

The CGPI measures the price changes of goods traded within the corporate sector.

A strong inflation reading could also clear the way for the Bank of Japan to raise rates sooner rather than later, which would weigh on Japan’s equity markets.

— Lim Hui Jie

4 Hours Ago

CNBC Pro: ‘’Really, really cheap’: Pros name 4 under-the-radar stocks to play a China turnaround

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CNBC Pro: Barclays names three global stocks to buy for the next quarter — giving one 35% upside

Barclays has named three European stocks that investors should consider buying for the upcoming quarter.

The Wall Street bank’s strategists said they have a “high conviction” since the “risk-adjusted returns are attractive” in these companies. All three stocks are also traded in the U.S.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Ganesh Rao

9 Hours Ago

Market could experience retreat, UBS warns

With sentiment and positioning elevated and valuations adequately reflecting good news in the market, UBS believes a correction could be ahead.

“The market looks more susceptible to pullbacks, although we don’t believe investors should lose sight of the bigger picture,” the bank’s chief investment office wrote to clients Monday.

The team said investors should stay neutral on U.S. equities, noting that being invested in line with long-term targets make sense given the “many positive drivers still in place.”

Healthy economic growth and lower inflation are two reasons why the market has performed so well, the firm said. The third reason is artificial intelligence, which the team said has created “fertile soil for risk on moves.”

— Alex Harring

9 Hours Ago

Oil prices mixed ahead of key February inflation data, crude outlook reports

A working oil pumpjack on the outskirts of Taft in Kern County, California, on September 21, 2023.

Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images

Oil prices were mixed Monday as traders awaited a new round of February inflation data and reports on the global crude outlook from OPEC and the International Energy Agency this week.

The West Texas Intermediate contract for April lost 8 cents, or 0.10%, to settle at $77.93 a barrel. The Brent contract for May added 13 cents, or 0.16%, to settle at $82.21 a barrel.

U.S. crude and the global benchmark fell 2.45% and 1.76%, respectively, last week on tepid demand in China and comments from the IEA that the market should be well supplied this year.

“WTI rejection of $80 a barrel has some wondering whether the move is over,” Phil Flynn, an analyst at the Price Futures Group, wrote in a Monday note.

— Spencer Kimball

12 Hours Ago

Coinbase, Microstrategy jump as bitcoin reaches a new record

A smartphone with displayed Coinbase logo and representation of cryptocurrencies are placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken, June 8, 2023.

Dado Ruvic | Reuters

Stocks whose performance is tied to the price of bitcoin rose on Monday after the cryptocurrency climbed to another all-time high.

Crypto exchange Coinbase advanced 3.5%. Bitcoin proxy Microstrategy jumped 9% after the company purchased another roughly 12,000 bitcoins for more than $821 million in cash, according to a filing.

Miners were mixed, however. Marathon Digital lost 3.75% and CleanSpark fell 4%. Meanwhile, Iris Energy gained 2.6% and Riot Platforms was flat. These were some of the biggest stock market gainers in February. All but CleanSpark, one of the lower-cost operators of the group, have turned lower for March as investors digest the upcoming Bitcoin halving event, when mining companies’ revenue will be slashed.

— Tanaya Macheel

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