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Asian stocks tread water amid mixed Chinese, Japanese inflationv

Asian equities exhibited little movement on Wednesday, absorbing mixed inflation metrics from China and Japan, while attention remained fixed on the potential timing of Federal Reserve interest rate reductions.

Regional stocks derived tepid inspiration from Wall Street, where ascensions in technology stocks nudged the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite toward new summits. Nonetheless, the velocity of Wall Street’s gains decelerated.

U.S. stock index futures remained static during Asian trading hours, as investors pondered Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony. Powell acknowledged some economic cooling but provided no definitive indicators regarding the commencement of rate cuts by the central bank. Despite this, traders continued to wager on a rate cut in September.

Powell is slated for additional testimony on Wednesday, with keen eyes also on pivotal U.S. inflation data this week.

Asian markets contended with divergent inflation data from China and Japan.

Japanese Equities Plateau at Historic Highs Amid Mixed Producer Price Inflation

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index remained largely unchanged on Wednesday, briefly attaining a historic pinnacle of 41,777.50 points, while the broader TOPIX edged up by 0.2%, also briefly hitting a record high.

Recent surges in Japanese markets have been significantly propelled by foreign purchases, spurred by pronounced declines in the yen and investor expectations of a dovish Bank of Japan stance.

Data on Wednesday revealed a slight uptick in Japan’s producer price index inflation in June, with the year-over-year rate rising to 2.9%. However, month-on-month PPI inflation grew only by 0.2%, less than anticipated. This reading suggested that although Japanese inflation was on the rise, it remained tepid, casting doubts on whether it would eventually compel the BOJ to tighten its policy further.

Chinese Equities Mixed as CPI Data Underwhelms, but PPI Shows Improvement

China’s Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 index increased by 0.2%, while the Shanghai Composite dipped by 0.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose by 0.8% as it bounced back from over two-month lows.

The Chinese consumer price index inflation contracted in June from the previous month, reflecting weakened consumer spending amidst ongoing concerns about economic recovery. Conversely, PPI inflation contracted at its slowest pace in 16 months, indicating that China’s manufacturing sector was benefiting from ongoing government stimulus measures.

Despite this, Wednesday’s data revealed that China’s overall disinflationary trend persisted, instilling minimal confidence in the economy. Chinese stocks have been grappling with substantial losses in recent weeks due to apprehensions about a trade conflict with the West, which has dampened sentiment.

Focus now shifts to Chinese trade data, scheduled for release on Friday.

Broader Asian markets traded within a narrow range, as enthusiasm over potential U.S. interest rate cuts waned.

Australia’s ASX 200 index declined by 0.3%, while South Korea’s KOSPI fell by 0.2%.

Futures for India’s Nifty 50 index suggested a slightly positive opening, as both the index and the BSE Sensex 30 continued to achieve record highs, buoyed by sustained confidence in India’s economy, the fastest-growing major economy over the past two years.

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