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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. yields sink amid dovish Fed indicators; HK shares slip on COVID issues

By Kevin Buckland

TOKYO, Nov 25 (Reuters) – U.S. long-term Treasury yields sank to a greater than seven-week trough on Friday whereas the greenback drooped close to latest lows in opposition to different main currencies friends as markets continued to digest dovish indicators from the Federal Reserve.

Expectations of a much less aggressive tempo of U.S. financial tightening from as quickly as subsequent month continued to help some inventory markets in Asia, however Hong Kong’s Grasp Seng dropped sharply as file COVID-19 infections in China dimmed the outlook.

The ten-year Treasury yield dipped to three.659%, the bottom since Oct. 5 in Tokyo buying and selling, after Thursday’s U.S. Thanksgiving vacation. The 2-year yield slipped to a one-week backside at 4.44%.

The greenback index, which measures the buck in opposition to the euro, yen and 4 different rivals, hovered not removed from Thursday’s low of 105.62, and final stood at 105.86.

A “substantial majority” of Fed policymakers had agreed it might “probably quickly be applicable” to sluggish the tempo of rate of interest rises, minutes of their newest assembly confirmed on Wednesday.

Futures markets present traders now see U.S. charges peaking simply above 5% round Could, and are pricing in roughly two-thirds odds that the Fed slows to a half-point hike on Dec. 14 from a string of 75-basis-point will increase.

“Having seen the way in which the market has reacted – equities rally, bond yields fall and the greenback weakens – if I used to be the Fed, I would be considering I had higher go and say one thing actually hawkish now, as a result of in any other case the final 75 foundation factors of tightening I’ve carried out are principally pointless, and the subsequent 50 are simply going to be swallowed up by the market going, ‘Don’t fret about it, the pivot is coming’,” stated ING economist Rob Carnell.

“You need your fee hikes to imply one thing, so I feel as soon as everybody has digested their turkey and gotten again to work – most likely early subsequent week – we’ll hear some fairly hawkish stuff popping out of the Fed.”

U.S. S&P 500 E-mini futures pointed 0.2% increased for the restart of Wall Avenue buying and selling on Friday.

Asia-Pacific share markets have been combined, with Australia’s benchmark managing a 0.35% rise, however a tech-led selloff in Hong Kong shares weighing on sentiment in different components of the area.

The Grasp Seng dropped 0.93%, with the tech sector tumbling 2.22%.

Japan’s Nikkei slumped 0.34% and South Korea’s Kospi misplaced 0.31%.

China reported file excessive COVID infections on Thursday, with cities nationwide imposing localised lockdowns, mass testing and different curbs, snuffing out latest optimism in regards to the world’s second largest financial system transferring from strict zero-COVID insurance policies to dwelling with the illness.

“Traders are proper to be fearful,” stated ING’s Carnell. “They nonetheless in China do not have the ample well being community that they’d be capable to take care of a full-on outbreak with a number of individuals getting sick.”

Mainland Chinese language blue chips, although, rose 0.51%, buoyed by authorities measures to help the true property market. An index of property developer shares surged 5.33%.

Oil rose barely, paring somewhat of this week’s losses, which have been pushed by worries about Chinese language demand and expectations a excessive worth cap deliberate by the Group of Seven nations on Russian oil will hold provide flowing.

Brent crude futures inched up 13 cents, or 0.2%, to $85.47 a barrel.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures jumped 35 cents, or 0.5%, from Wednesday’s near $78.32 a barrel. There was no WTI settlement on Thursday because of the U.S. vacation.

Each contracts have been headed for his or her third consecutive weekly decline, on observe to fall about 2%.

Gold ticked 0.2% increased to $1,758.44 an oz. amid greenback weak spot.

(Reporting by Kevin Buckland; Enhancing by William Mallard)

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