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The Asia-Pacific markets displayed a positive trend, with gains observed in South Korea, Japan, mainland China, and Australia.
The Hong Kong stock market featuring indices like the Hang Seng Index (INDEXHANGSENG: HSI) experienced a notable bullish surge in its recent trading session, as investors eagerly await the US May jobs report. The Hang Seng Index finished 4.02% higher at 18,949.94, creating significant market excitement and investor optimism.
According to reports, the consumer and real estate sectors drove the index’s gains, with significant performances from businesses such as Longfor Group Holdings Ltd (HKG: 0960) and Zhongsheng Group Holdings Limited (HKG: 0881). Additionally, tech giants including Baidu Inc (HKG: 9888), JD.com Inc (HKG: 9618), and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (HKG: 9988) also contributed to the rise.
Interestingly, this tremendous increase comes at a time when the world economy is dealing with a number of issues, including geopolitical tensions, concerns about inflation, and the passage of the bill to raise debt limits in the US. The market surge, however, demonstrates Hong Kong’s stock market’s robustness and attractiveness, attracting investors’ attention to prospective growth prospects.
The property industry was critical in propelling the Hang Seng Index’s remarkable rise. Notably, Hong Kong has always been known for its healthy property market, and the recent spike demonstrates its ongoing appeal.
Additionally, the consumer sector also contributed significantly to the Hang Seng Index’s rise. As the city progressively recovers from the pandemic-induced downturn, consumer confidence is rising, resulting in higher spending and robust retail sales. This tendency has boosted the performance of consumer-related stocks for retailers, e-commerce platforms, and consumer goods companies.
Kenny Ng from Everbright Securities International noted that from a technical standpoint, the Hang Seng Index had been oversold before the rebound occurred. Ng’s observation suggests that the rebound may have been driven by technical factors rather than fundamental developments in the market.
Simply explained, when a stock or index is oversold, it signifies that the price has dropped drastically and rapidly owing to consistent selloff by investors. This oversold condition can lead to a technical bounce-back as traders and investors perceive the price levels as attractive and start buying, resulting in a price rally.
Bullish Momentum Beyond the Hong Kong Stock Market
Overall, the Asia-Pacific markets displayed a positive trend, with gains observed in South Korea, Japan, mainland China, and Australia. In South Korea, Kospi, the major stock market index in the country, closed 1.25% higher, driven by positive market sentiment. Markedly, the consumer inflation for May in South Korea eased to a 19-month low.
Also, the Nikkei 225 (INDEXNIKKEI: NI225) traded up 1.21%, closing at 31,524.22. On the other hand, Shanghai Composite SSE Composite Index (SHA: 000001) in Mainland China closed at 3,230.07, up 0.79%. Furthermore, the S&P/ASX 200 in Australia added 0.48%, closing at 7,145.1.
In the United States, all three major indexes rose, with the S&P 500 (INDEXSP: .INX) and Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ: .IXIC) reaching their best levels since August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also rose, indicating a favorable day-to-day performance. Remarkably, the adoption of the debt-ceiling bill and its approval in the Senate have contributed to the positive market sentiment.