Hong Kong Continued a Rollercoaster Week

Hong Kong Continued a Rollercoaster Week

Asia-Pacific shares were mixed in Friday trade as Hong Kong shares continued their rollercoaster week.

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong oscillated between positive and negative territory, closing 0.34 percent lower. So far, the benchmark index has had a volatile week, with significant losses on Monday and Tuesday followed by a dramatic turnaround over the next two days.

Ping An Insurance’s Hong Kong shares rose more than 3% despite reporting its lowest annual profit since 2008.

The city’s first SPAC, Aquila Acquisition, also debuted on Friday. On Thursday, the company announced that the offering raised approximately 1 billion Hong Kong dollars.

The Shanghai composite closed 1.12 percent higher at 3,251.07, while the Shenzhen component rose 0.315 percent to 12,328.65.

The Nikkei 225 index closed 0.65 percent higher at 26,827.43, while the Topix index rose 0.54 percent to 1,909.27. The Kospi in South Korea gained 0.46 percent, closing the day at 2,707.02.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 7,294.40.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside of Japan fell 0.11 percent.

According to the White House, US President Joe Biden will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday to discuss Russia’s war against Ukraine and competition between the two countries.

Monetary Policy

The Bank of Japan announced its decision to maintain the current monetary policy on Friday. The Japanese central bank kept its interest rate targets unchanged in a widely anticipated decision. In its monetary policy statement, the Bank of Japan warned of “extremely high uncertainties” about how the situation in Ukraine will affect economic activity and prices in Japan.

Following the announcement by the Bank of Japan, the Japanese yen traded at 118.96 per dollar, still weaker than levels below 118 seen earlier in the week against the greenback.

The US Federal Reserve approved its first interest rate hike in more than three years on Wednesday, while the Bank of England raised rates for the third time in a row on Thursday.

In the United States, the S&P 500 rose 1.23 percent to 4,411.67. To 34,480.76, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 417.66 points or 1.23 percent. The Nasdaq Composite rose 1.33 percent to 13,614.78 points.

In the afternoon of Asian trading hours, international benchmark Brent crude futures rose 2.05 percent to $108.83 per barrel. Crude futures in the United States increased 2.48 percent to $105.53 per barrel.

The US dollar index, which measures the greenback’s value against a basket of currencies, was 98.093, still below levels above 99, seen earlier this week.

The Australian dollar traded at $0.7382 after rising in recent days from levels below $0.721. Tesla stock rose 3.7 percent to $871.60, reclaiming its 21-day and 200-day moving averages despite trading on lower-than-average volume. Thursday’s move may appear to be an early entry. However, it would be hazardous given that TSLA stock is still trading below its fast-falling 50-day moving average and other short-term resistance.

For the time being, the official buy point is 1,208.10, with a shallow trendline around 1,150, offering an early entry. Tesla stock would form the right side of a base and handle in an ideal world.