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Riku Tanaka
April 29 17:30

Stocks in Asia reach a seven-week high, oil rallies as economies gradually re-open

Stocks in Asia had reached their highest value in nearly two months on Wednesday Apr 29 as investor sentiment took an upswing.
European and American futures showed signs of a solid beginning for the markets with E-Minis for the S&P 500 up past 1% bolstered by higher-than-anticipated earnings from Alphabet Inc's Google.
Eurostoxx 50 futures gained 0.4% while futures for Germany's Dax index as well as for London's FTSE were both up by 0.7% respectively.
Equities and other risk assets have held strong the majority of April in part due to the substantial financial and fiscal stimulus boosts, as part of global strategies to cushion the economic aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.
Hopeful news regarding potentially viable medication for the disease, as well as progressing efforts of creating a vaccine, have additionally bolstered market sentiment in recent days.
On top of all this, financial specialists are gaining confidence in the belief that the contagion might be reaching its zenith as parts of Europe, the US and Australia start to reduce lockdown measures, while New Zealand had permitted a few businesses to open back up this week.
These news boosted expectations that demand would be restored pushed US crude futures up by roughly 11% to US$13.66 a barrel, shaving off a part of  a 27% dive over the previous two days.
Brent crude futures grew 3.6% to US$21.20 a barrel.
In equities, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7%, having accumulated 3.3% this week. The index reached a high of 471.86 in the start of the global day (Apr 29), the highest it’s been since March 12.
Japan's markets were closed for a public holiday.
Energy and resource sectors led Australian offers to provisionally close at 1.2% higher while South Korea gained 0.8%.
Chinese markets opened in the positive with the blue-chip record (CSI300) up by 0.2%. Nevertheless, financial specialists remained attentive.
"The recovery in global share prices from the March lows has not been accompanied by an expansion in market breadth," said Jefferies (NYSE:JEF) analyst Sean Darby.
Darby pointed out that the quantity of stocks over their 260-day moving average was still exceptionally low across emerging- and developed-market indices, while when comparing stocks that made new highs versus new lows, the number is about the same.
"Unlike turning points for markets and earnings at the bottom, there is no clear evidence on how the technical picture should evolve. The current rally suggests that conviction levels are low in our view," Darby added.
The gains made by equities have evened out as experts foresee a sharp dip in global economic growth.
Moody's predicts the G-20 economies to contract by 5.8% in 2020 with a return to pre-pandemic levels unlikely even as far as next year.
Markets are still awaiting the results of a two-day meeting held by the US Federal Reserve, while the European Central Bank is scheduled to meet on Thursday (Apr 30).
According to most analysts, significant policy changes by the Fed are unlikely, given the extent and profundity of its endeavors to stem the financial harm brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Wall Street investors sold off tech behemoths overnight, driving every one of the nation’s major indices into the negative.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 0.3%, the S&P 500 fell 0.5% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite plummeted 1.4%.
Traders are presently eagerly awaiting results from the other top tech players including Amazon and Apple. Revenue and profit data from Facebook and Microsoft Corp are expected later in the day (Apr 29).
"There was a big sector rotation as money left high value, growth sectors in tech like Amazon and went to value and cyclical sectors like energy, industrial, financials," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York.