Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index opened in the green on Friday, gaining 0.3% in morning trade, even as Wall Street ended on a mixed note overnight ahead of the release of a U.S. jobs report.
Investors in Asia are eyeing the monetary policy statement from the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Indian central bank’s interest rate decision.
Shares of XPeng and Nio rose over 3%, while Alibaba shed 1%.
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA||-1%|
|JD.com Inc JD||-0.08%|
|Baidu Inc BIDU||0.74%|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd. TCEHY||-0.45%|
|Nio Inc NIO||2.8%|
|XPeng Inc XPEV||3.5%|
|Li Auto Inc LI||-0.45%|
Macro News: China reportedly fired live missiles near Taiwan on Thursday following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, while deploying scores of planes in what is seen as its biggest drills in the Taiwan Strait.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has indicated a higher tolerance for inflation this year as the country looks to stabilize its economy in the wake of global recession concerns and geopolitical tensions, reported the South China Morning Post. Li said China’s inflation rate could reach 3.5% this year.
Hong Kong’s new secretary for justice has promised to act on “legitimate concerns” regarding the delay in the prosecution of 47 activists arrested under the national security law, reported the South China Morning Post.
Company News: Ride-hailing app DiDi Chuxing is fearing retribution from Chinese authorities as its management remains concerned the firm may receive more sanctions, reported the Financial Times, citing sources and a DiDi employee saying China’s internet regulator could impose an additional fine.
Nio incorporated a company with a registered capital of $100 million that could aid its efforts in phone-making, reported CnEVPost.
Tencent is reportedly looking to hike its stake in French video game maker Ubisoft Entertainment SA UBSFY, the maker of the cult video game “Assasin’s Creed.”
Global Market: U.S. markets ended mixed on Thursday as traders braced for the release of the July jobs report on Friday. The Nasdaq gained 0.41%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.26%, while the S&P 500 ended flat.
On Friday, Australia’s ASX 200 gained 0.2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.41%, while the South Korean Kospi advanced 0.72%. China’s Shanghai Composite index was up 0.19%.