Asian markets mostly lower on profit-taking after tech surge

Asian markets mostly lower on profit-taking after tech surge

Tokyo's Nikkei index has surged past its December 1989 record
Tokyo's Nikkei index has surged past its December 1989 record. Photo: Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP
Source: AFP

Asian markets were mostly lower Monday, although Tokyo's key Nikkei index hit fresh all-time highs after two of the three main US indices closed at records.

But investors were turning to profit-taking as last week's mega market rally -- fuelled by stellar results from US technology titan Nvidia -- loses steam, analysts said.

On Wall Street on Friday, the Dow and the S&P ended higher than ever but the tech-heavy Nasdaq index slipped, following a three-percent surge a day earlier.

The "Nvidia advance moderated while other big tech share prices eased following a decent AI-driven run of late", said Rodrigo Catril, senior FX strategist at National Australia Bank.

Tokyo's Nikkei index was up 0.5 percent, pushing further past the December 1989 record it smashed on Friday.

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But Chinese shares faltered, with Hong Kong opening higher then losing 0.6 percent in morning trade, and Shanghai down 0.4 percent.

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The losses came despite the Chinese government saying it wants to boost sales of cars, home appliances and other consumer products, in "piecemeal incentives to stimulate the economy", Catril said.

Singapore dropped 0.9 percent and Seoul also fell 0.5 percent. Bangkok, Jakarta and Wellington were lower, while Sydney was flat. Taipei gained 0.1 percent.

Oil prices were down, extending losses on Friday as the G7 countries pledged new sanctions on Russia two years after its invasion of Ukraine.

"Lack of demand (for crude oil) remains a concern while new US and EU Russia sanctions added to the uncertainty," Catril said.

Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management also said the global oil supply would likely decelerate this year.

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"Global growth, and consequently global oil demand, is more likely to underperform expectations due to the challenges currently confronting the Chinese economy and the need for the Fed to persist in mitigating inflationary pressures," he said.

This week brings a raft of major indicators including January CPI for Australia and Japan, and "Super Friday" with key inflation and manufacturing data released by both the United States and China.

Key figures around 0230 GMT

Tokyo - Nikkei 225: UP 0.5 percent at 39,308.52

Hong Kong - Hang Seng Index: DOWN 0.6 percent at 16,631.80

Shanghai - Composite: FLAT at 2,991.60

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 150.47 yen from 150.53 yen on Friday

Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2659 from $1.2672

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.0815 from $1.0824

Euro/pound: UP at 85.44 pence from 85.39 pence

Brent North Sea Crude: DOWN 0.4 percent at $81.28 per barrel

West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.5 percent at $76.14 per barrel

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New York - Dow: UP 0.2 percent at 39,131.53 points (close)

London - FTSE 100: UP 0.3 percent at 7,706.28 (close)

Source: AFP

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