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By Alun John
HONG KONG (Reuters) -Asian shares hit a six-and-a-half week top on Tuesday, shaking off an initial drag from tech-driven Wall Street losses, while the dollar stayed at multi-week lows against most other major currencies in a boost for commodities.
Chinese blue chips rose 0.30% and Korea gained 0.38%, helping MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan to add 0.26% and reach its highest since early March.
E-mini futures for the rose 0.23%, but fell 0.13% and futures were down 0.07%, suggesting a more cautious European open.
“It is a Goldilocks scenario for Asia in the sense that you’ve got expectations of double digit earnings growth, and valuations which look attractive relative to the U.S. equity market and even the MSCI world (),” said Andrew Gillan head of Asia ex Japan equities at Janus Henderson Investors.
However, Asian valuations are fair rather than cheap relative to their historical levels, Gillan noted.
Japan bucked the trend in Asia as the fell 2.13% on worries that the possible reintroduction of COVID-19 emergency measures in the country’s biggest cities would slow the economic recovery.
In currency markets, the dollar continued its recent weakness, falling further from six-week lows it hit on Monday.
The risk friendly rose as much as 0.6% against the greenback to reach a one-month high, partly due to upbeat remarks from Australian central bank.
The euro gained 0.24%.
“In our view, USD can remain heavy this week as focus shifts from U.S. economic outperformance to the improving global economic outlook more broadly,” analysts at CBA wrote in a research note.
The weak dollar helped push up commodity prices.
and both gained about 1%, while three-month London traded just shy of its highest level since August 2011.[O/R]
rose 0.17% to 1,771.37 per ounce. [GOL/]
Earlier, major Wall Street indexes drew back from record highs hit list week, dragged by shares of Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc.
The electric-car maker slid 3.4% after a vehicle believed to be operating without anyone in the driver’s seat crashed into a tree on Saturday north of Houston, killing two occupants.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the biggest mover, falling 0.98%, while the declined 0.36%, and the S&P 500 0.53%. ()
The yield on benchmark rose to 1.6119% compared with its U.S. close of 1.599%.
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