SYDNEY, Nov 22 2017 : Asian shares scaled a fresh decade peak today thanks to surging markets in Europe and America, as strong global growth and rising corporate profits lured hordes of investors into equities.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent to today’s 1.3 percent rise – the biggest gain in eight months.
The index has been on an uptrend most of this year, posting a monthly loss only once in 2017. For the year, it is up about 33 percent so far, on track for its best annual performance since a 68 percent jump in 2009.
“Emerging markets are flying and this is where traders are really generating outperformance,” said Chris Weston, Melbourne-based chief markets strategist at IG.
“Asia, in particular, is looking super strong,” he added. “There is a genuine chase for performance from active money managers here.”
Investors looking to eke out additional gains before the end of the year flocked to tech stocks, some fund managers said, with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Google’s Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) rallying.
While markets expects the Federal Reserve to hike rates next month, analysts say that is unlikely to dampen equities as financial markets remain accommodative.
The U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened to its lowest in a decade as benign inflation and hunger for yield have supported longer-dated debt. Benchmark 10-year notes have inched higher to yield 2.3559 percent.
The 2-year Treasury, at 1.77 percent, is at the highest since 2008 and is set to surpass Australia’s 2-year government bond yields for the first time since December 2000.
In currencies, the U.S. dollar was generally on the backfoot against major rivals, falling for a second straight day on the Japanese yen JPY=.
The Mexican peso MXN=D2 jumped to its highest in a month on conclusion of NAFTA talks.
The euro EUR= trod water at $1.1741, drifting away from a recent one-month peak of $1.1860.
U.S. light crude added 25 cents to $57.08 while Brent crude oil was flat at $62.57, not far from a near 2-1/2 year peak of $64.65 touched earlier this month.
Spot gold was up 0.1 percent to $1,281.68. – Reuters