Stocks In Asia Are Dropping Ahead of Friday’s U.S. Jobs Report

Following news that private sector U.S. businesses had employed slightly more people in September. The S&P 500 index dropped 1% on Thursday. It supports the Federal Reserve’s position.

U.S Employment Data

On Friday, the United States government will release employment numbers. The numbers are likely to indicate a decrease from prior months. Investors are keeping their fingers crossed.

They hope this would convince the Fed that the five rate rises it has already implemented this year. Have been successful, allowing it to cut down its intentions for any future rate increases.

According to ING’s Robert Carnell’s research, “what the market appears to be screaming out for is a Fed turn.” The Fed is committed to its “higher for longer” policy.

Although Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 1.3% to 17,780.81, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 Index dropped 0.7% to 27,116.11. While the S&P ASX 200 in Sydney fell 0.8% to 6,762.80, Seoul’s Kospi Index dropped 0.2% to 2,232.84.

The Sensex in India fell 0.6% at the start to 57,900.92. Stock markets in New Zealand and Southeast Asia both fell.

Even while the Fed and other central banks around the globe are working to end inflation, investors are concerned that their tremendous and quick pace of rate rises might cause an economic crisis.

The S&P 500 index dropped 374.42 points on Wall Street. With the most robust two-day rise in over two and a half years. The index finished the week up 4.4%.

Down 1,1% to 29,926.94, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered a loss of 1.1%. At its lowest point, the Nasdaq composite was at 11,073.31.

U.S. government bonds now have a higher yield or rate of return. Relative to their market price. That means investors anticipate more rate increases.

10-year Treasury yields affect mortgage rates. Wednesday night’s yield was 3.81%, up from 3.75%. The two-year Treasury note rate rose from 4.14% to 4.22% today.

Good News For Job Seekers

Hiring momentum in the United States is good news for those looking for work. But it might lead the Federal Reserve to believe that more rate rises are necessary.

According to statistics released by the United States government, applications for unemployment benefits rose in four months. Indications that the employment market may be slowing down.

Forecasters anticipate the government will announce that the economy gained 250,000 jobs last month. Even though inflation and two consecutive quarters of U.S. economic decline have weighed on the economy, 

In the energy sector, the price of a barrel of U.S. crude oil fell 21 cents in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange to $88.24. As of Thursday, the contract had risen 69 cents, bringing the total to $88.45. 

The worldwide oil benchmark, Brent crude, lost 25 cents in London. It was dropping to $94.17 a barrel. In the last session, it gained 0.5 percent, reaching $94.42.

The dollar dropped from Thursday’s 145.07 yen to Friday’s 145.04 yen. From 97.94 cents, the euro fell to 97.70.

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