Nikkei falls by 2.66%
The Nikkei 225 Index dropped 2.66% to 26,430, finishing at its lowest point in more than two months and following the lead of a downbeat Wall Street market. Increased inflationary pressures, increasing interest rates, and concerns of a global recession continue to put pressure on risk assets.
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After falling 7% for the day, GitLab surged almost 20% to $45 after hours when they posted quarterly results. Analysts had forecasted a loss of $0.15 per share on revenue of $106 million. GitLab racked up $113 million in revenue instead, with a $0.10 loss per share.
Circle, the company that created one of the most prominent stablecoins, USDC, has canceled its plans to go public. Circle had publicly announced plans for an IPO in July 2021, with a market valuation of $4.5 billion through SPAC.
The Hang Seng Index (HSI) jumped more than 4.5% to 19,500 on Monday, reaching levels not seen since early September. The bullish move is driven by optimism that a China reopening would improve the outlook for global growth.
Pinduoduo (PDD) stock jumped 15% in the pre-market after quarterly results. The company reported much higher earnings per share of 8.62 instead of 4.79. The forecasted revenue for Q3 was $30.71 billion, but the firm surprised the market with $35.5 billion revenue.
Several stock indices had a relief rally, taking S&P 500 15.5% higher and Nasdaq 12.5% up from their local bottoms. The upcoming Christmas suggests the uptrend may continue due to the historic “Santa Claus Rally.” This could take S&P 500 above 4,100 and Nasdaq above 12,200 if history repeats itself. However, dangerous levels are in the way.
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WTI crude oil jumped by 4% to $75.5, bouncing back from a one-year low of $71.8 from yesterday. Optimism about the Chinese economy reopening drives the commodity higher after it has been trending downward for several months.
The Bank of Canada (BoC) increased its key rate by 50 basis points, from 3.75% to 4.25%, in its final meeting of 2022. This rate hike brought borrowing prices to their highest level since 2008, up 4% since March. Policymakers affirmed that they would keep their tightening policy in the near future.
Tether (USDT) as the largest stablecoin provider is expanding on Tron network by adding a Chinese Yuan. Bitfinex plans to be the first to offer Chinese Yuan stablecoin (CNHT) on its crypto exchange.
The economy of the Eurozone grew by 0.3% in the Q3 2022, which was a bit more than the initial estimate of 0.2%. This is 0.5% less than in the previous quarter as the economy grew by 0.8% in Q2.
WTI crude oil fell almost 2% to $73, the lowest level reached since December 2021. Worries about weak global demand keep the bearish momentum going. The US and Europe, in particular, are seeing a drop in manufacturing activity because of tighter financial conditions.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised its key interest rate by 35 basis points, from 5.9% to 6.25%. This was the fifth rate hike in a row, and it was widely anticipated. As a result of continuous rate hikes, inflation slowed to 6.7% in October, down from a high of 7.4% in September.