World shares rise, Shanghai up 1.3%, as China boosts market
Global stocks rallied Tuesday and Wall Street appeared set to open higher after China’s central bank provided further support to markets to manage the impact of the virus outbreak.
Germany’s DAX rose 1.4 per cent to 13,229 while in France the CAC 40 climbed 1.5 per cent to 5,918.
Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 1.4 per cent to 7,431. Wall Street looked set for more gains, with the future contracts for the S&P 500 and the Dow up 1.2 per cent.
In Asian trading, the Shanghai Composite closed 1.3 per cent higher, far from erasing an 8 per cent plunge a day earlier as the People’s Bank of China reportedly put another USD 57 billion in funds into the markets. That followed an injection of a net 150 billion yuan (USD 21 billion) on Monday.
The central bank had announced in advance that it would put 2 trillion yuan (USD 173 billion) into the market through reverse repurchases of securities on Monday when the markets reopened after a 10-day break that was prolonged to help reduce risks of further spreading the virus.
The lion’s share of that money went to cover maturities falling due.
Meanwhile, the sports gambling enclave of Macau announced Tuesday that it was asking its casinos to close for two weeks, as another two Chinese cities imposed restrictions to help contain the spread of a virus that has killed more than 400 people and infected more than 20,000.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has declared the crisis the country’s biggest priority, awhile tens of millions of people remain in lockdown as a precaution against contagion.
“Extra liquidity courtesy of Chinese central bankers, instructions from authorities ‘not to panic’ and perhaps some state-backed institutional buying seems to have done the trick,” analyst Jasper Lawler of LCG said in a commentary.
“Authorities can’t prop up markets indefinitely but traders for now are taking the cue to buy the dip,” Lawler said.
In other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.5 per cent to 23,084.59, while the Kospi in South Korea jumped 1.8 per cent to 2,157.90. Australia’s S&P ASX/200 rose 0.4 per cent to 6,948.70, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong climbed 1.2 per cent to 26,675.98.
The Shanghai Composite jumped 1.3 per cent to 2,783.29. Taiwan’s benchmark surged 1.8 per cent and the Sensex in India gained 2.3 per cent.
Overnight, US stocks had recovered some of their losses from earlier weeks, though a warning signal of recession in the bond market was still flashing red.
And oil tumbled on worries about weakened demand.
Markets have been wracked by uncertainty over how much the virus will spread, how many it might kill and how long the outbreak might persist, hurting economies and corporate profits.
Benchmark US crude gained 83 cents to USD 50.94 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
It tumbled USD 1.45 on Monday on worries the virus crisis might crush demand. It had been above USD 63 toward the start of the year, before the virus outbreak.
Brent crude, the international standard, added 42 cents to $54.87 per barrel. It fell USD 2.17 per barrel overnight.
In currency trading, the dollar rose to 109.07 Japanese yen from 108.69 yen. The euro edged down to USD 1.1053 from USD 1.1061.
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