Asia markets mostly fall as China misses fourth quarter GDP estimates ; Hong Kong leads

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China reports fourth-quarter GDP miss as retail sales disappoint in December

China reported fourth-quarter GDP figures slightly below expectations, bringing 2023 growth to 5.2%.

The country’s economy grew 5.2% in the October to December quarter, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday. That’s below expectations of a 5.3% growth forecast by economists in a Reuters poll.

China’s statistics bureau said the unemployment rate in cities in December was 5.1%, while that for people ages 16 to 24 remained far higher at 14.9%.

The bureau had in the summer temporarily suspended the release of the younger age group’s unemployment rate, citing the need to reassess calculation methods. That unemployment rate had previously climbed to records above 20%.

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Evelyn Cheng

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Business sentiment at large Japanese companies dip

Business sentiment at big Japanese manufacturers slid in January for the first time in four months, according to the monthly Reuters Tankan survey.

The sentiment index for manufacturers stood at +6, down from +12 six points in December, while the service-sector index grew to +29 in January from +26 in the previous month.

The monthly poll by Reuters tracks the Bank of Japan’s key tankan quarterly survey, and is calculated by subtracting the percentage of pessimistic respondents from optimistic ones. A positive figure means optimists outnumber pessimists, and vice versa.

Reuters said the poll underscored concerns about weak external demand, especially from China.

— Lim Hui Jie

An Hour Ago

Singapore non-oil domestic exports unexpectedly fall in December

Customers at a cafe on a near empty street in Singapore, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.

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Singapore’s December non-oil domestic exports unexpectedly fell on a year-on-year basis, Official data showed.

Singapore’s NODX was down 1.5% last month, while a Reuters poll expected a rise of 3.3%. NODX in November had grown 1%.

The fall was a result of lower shipments of electronics. Shipments of non-electronic products rose.

Exports to Singapore’s top markets — Taiwan, South Korea and Japan — fell broadly in the final month of 2023.

NODX to China, Hong Kong, the European Unions and the United States, however, rose.

— Shreyashi Sanyal

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CNBC Pro: ‘Buy on the dips’: Morgan Stanley names its favorite stocks in European tech

Europe’s technology hardware sector’s “roller coaster year” of 2023 ended on a strong note, and a cyclical recovery is now underway, according to Morgan Stanley.

The Wall Street Bank is expecting investors to focus on a cyclical recovery and key themes such as artificial intelligence, advanced packaging, silicon carbide and gate-all-around transistors.

These themes can collectively “drive earnings momentum throughout this year, especially in 2H24,” Morgan Stanley’s analysts wrote, naming six stocks it is overweight on.

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— Amala Balakrishner

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CNBC Pro: ‘A trove of rebound opportunities’: Citi and others are bullish on biotech and more, naming stocks

2023 wasn’t a good year for the health-care sector, but some investors expect it to make a comeback this year — highlighting biotech and medical tech as areas to watch.

The health-care industry “appears ready to return to leadership,” given demographic shifts and the benefits of artificial intelligence, Citi said, adding that it expects “healthcare earnings recovery in 2024 to be one of the main drivers of potential outperformance in the sector.”

CNBC Pro takes a look at stock picks and other investing tips for the sector that were offered by the bank — and strategists from elsewhere.

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— Weizhen Tan

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Yields spike after Fed Governor Wallace says rate cuts may come slower than expected

The 10-year Treasury yield added nearly 9 basis points Tuesday after Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller suggested the central bank may take its time lowering rates.

“As long as inflation doesn’t rebound and stay elevated, I believe the [Federal Open Market Committee] will be able to lower the target range for the federal funds rate this year,” Waller said in a speech at the Brookings Institution.

“When the time is right to begin lowering rates, I believe it can and should be lowered methodically and carefully,” he added. “In many previous cycles … the cut rates reactively and did so quickly and often by large amounts. This cycle, however, … I see no reason to move as quickly or cut as rapidly as in the past.”

— Hakyung Kim

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Oil falls on stronger dollar, interest rate expectations

Oil prices fell Tuesday as the U.S dollar grew stronger after a Federal Reserve official indicated the central bank may not cut rates as aggressively as the market expects.

The West Texas Intermediate futures contract for February dropped 56 cents, or .77%, to trade at $72.12 a barrel. The Brent futures contract for March fell 13 cents, or .17%, to trade at $78.02 a barrel.

The U.S. dollar index rose nearly 1% after Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said interest rates “should be lowered methodically and carefully” when the time is right.

Waller acknowledged the cuts are likely this year as long as inflation does not rebound and stay elevated.

Oil prices rose earlier in the trading session Tuesday as investors monitored mounting Middle East tensions, particularly in the Red Sea.

Oil major Shell has halted transit through the Red Sea amid fears about attacks by Houthi militants on commercial vessels in the waterway, The Wall Street Journal reported.

— Spencer Kimball

8 Hours Ago

Microsoft, Nvidia among 16 S&P 500 names reaching fresh highs

“Magnificent 7 stocks” Microsoft and Nvidia were two of the 16 S&P 500 names to reach fresh highs on Tuesday. Shares of Microsoft were trading at levels not seen since March 1986, while shares of Nvidia were at levels not seen since January 1999.

Here are some of the other names that reached all-time highs:

  • Palo Alto Networks trading at all-time highs back to its IPO in July, 2012
  • Eli Lilly trading at all-time high levels back to 1952 when the company offered its first public shares of stock
  • CBOE Holdings trading at all-time high levels back to its IPO in June, 2010‎
  • The TJX Companies trading at all-time highs back to IPO in 1987
  • Allstate trading at all-time highs levels back to its IPO in 1993, originally the insurance subsidiary of Sears, Roebuck

— Lisa Kailai Han, Christopher Hayes

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Energy leads Tuesday’s sector losses

The energy sector saw the largest decline within the S&P 500 on Tuesday, falling 2.1%, as oil prices fell on a strengthening U.S. Dollar. EQT, APA and EOG Resources all fell around 3.4%.

Financial stocks also dropped amid a series of big bank earnings reports. Morgan Stanley, which posted quarterly results in the morning, tumbled 5.2%. PayPal and T Rowe Price Group declined 4.6% and 3.9%, respectively.

— Hakyung Kim

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