Asian Stocks Snap 4-Day Rout After Turkey Rate IncreaseJonathan Burgos
Asian stocks rose for the first time in five days, with the regional benchmark index rallying the most in four months, after Turkey’s central bank more than doubled interest rates to arrest a currency slide that roiled global markets.
Honda Motor Co., which gets 83 percent of its car sales outside Japan, climbed 3 percent as the yen weakened against the dollar. Atlas Iron Ltd. jumped 10 percent in Sydney after the producer of the metal raised its shipment target. Advantest Corp., a maker of electronic measuring instruments, sank 4.4 percent in Tokyo after widening its full-year net loss forecast.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 1.6 percent to 136.44 as of 9:33 p.m. in Tokyo, with nine of the 10 industry groups in the measure rising. The gauge is heading for its biggest monthly slump since May as part of a global equities rout sparked by weaker-than-expected economic data from China and a sell-off in emerging-market currencies. Turkey’s lira jumped against the dollar today after the central bank raised rates. Federal Reserve policy makers end a two-day meeting today.
“Turkey’s move will probably help stabilize things,” Mark Lister, head of private wealth research at Craigs Investment Partners Ltd. in Wellington, said by phone. “Sentiment will probably remain negative and slightly cautious on some of these emerging markets over the next couple of months as the Fed tapers stimulus. Given that there’s a bit of disappointment with recent earnings, things could weaken off a little bit this year.”
Of the 106 companies on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index that have reported earnings since the beginning of January and for which estimates are available, 59 percent missed analyst estimates for profit, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. About 129 firms on the gauge will announce results this week.
Japan’s Topix index climbed 2.6 percent after the yen slid as much as 0.5 percent against the dollar. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 1 percent and New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index added 0.7 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index increased 0.8 percent, while China’s Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.6 percent.
South Korea’s Kospi index gained 1.3 percent after data showed the nation’s industrial output increased 3.4 percent in December from November, the biggest gain since June 2009. Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 0.5 percent.
Shares on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index trade at 12.9 times estimated earnings, compared with a multiple of 15.2 for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and 13.7 for the Stoxx Europe 600 Index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Futures on the S&P 500 slid 0.3 percent today. The measure climbed 0.6 percent yesterday, its first advance in four days, as earnings at companies from Pfizer Inc. to D.R. Horton Inc. topped estimates.
The Conference Board’s index of U.S. consumer confidence rose to 80.7 in January from a revised 77.5 in December, the New York-based private research group said. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a reading of 78.
Federal Reserve officials have been scrutinizing U.S. economic data to determine the timing and pace of reductions to asset purchases. The central bank, which concludes a two-day meeting today, decided at its December gathering to begin cutting its monthly bond buying by $10 billion to $75 billion.
Turkey’s central bank raised its repurchase rate to 10 percent from 4.5 percent and boosted other key borrowing costs at a late-night emergency meeting, sending the lira to its biggest jump since 2008 and leading gains against the greenback among 24 emerging-market currencies tracked by Bloomberg.
BlackRock Inc. said the move will help restore investor confidence after a rout in developing-nation currencies and a $1.87 trillion selloff in global stocks in the week through Jan. 27.
Japanese exporters advanced. Honda Motor climbed 3 percent to 4,004 yen. Toyota Motor Corp., Asia’s biggest carmaker, gained 2 percent to 6,136 yen. Electronics maker Panasonic Corp. added 2.5 percent to 1,235 yen.
Sharp Corp., a supplier of panels for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad, jumped 7.9 percent to 370 yen. The company may post net income of more than 10 billion yen ($97 million) in the nine months to Dec. 31, its first such profit in three years, Kyodo News agency reported without saying where it got the information.
Atlas Iron jumped 10 percent to A$1.05. The company said it expects to ship from 10.2 million to 10.7 million metric tons of iron in the year ending June 30. That compares with an October forecast of between 9.8 million and 10.3 million metric tons.
Japan Exchange Group Inc. surged 7.3 percent to 2,711 yen, the biggest increase since Sept. 10. Japan’s main exchange operator, formed last year from the merger of the Tokyo and Osaka bourses, will start trading JPX-Nikkei Index 400 futures this year, Hiromi Yamaji, head of the Osaka Securities Exchange, said in an interview.
Tencent Holdings Ltd., Asia’s largest Internet company by market value, advanced 5.8 percent to a record high of HK$532 in Hong Kong. Credit Suisse Group AG maintained its outperform rating on the stock, saying WeChat Payment is set to become more popular.
Hengan International Group Co. jumped 6.9 percent to HK$83.55. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its rating on the stock to overweight from neutral.
Among shares that dropped, Advantest sank 4.4 percent to 1,153 yen in Tokyo. The company predicted a wider full-year net loss of 35.9 billion yen, compared with its previous 2.5 billion yen projection.