Asian Stocks Climb to One-Year High as Commodity Producers Gain

Asian stocks climbed, trading at the highest level in a year, after U.S. shares regained records and a rally in crude futures bolstered commodity producers.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.1 percent to 139.98 as of 9:05 a.m. in Tokyo. Japan’s Topix index increased 0.1 percent as the yen fluctuated against the dollar. Asian stocks have climbed 24 percent from their February low as lackluster data on the world’s biggest economies fuels speculation central banks will continue to support them with stimulus and loose monetary policy. The odds the Federal Reserve will raise rates this year remains below 50 percent.

The S&P 500 Index climbed 0.3 percent on Monday, regaining an all-time high and pushing valuations to 18.6 times estimated earnings. That compares with 14.3 times for the MSCI Asia Pacific Index, data compiled by Bloomberg showed.

Source : Bloomberg

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U.S. Stocks Add to Monthly Gain as Alphabet Rallies on Earnings

U.S. stocks edged higher, with the S&P 500 Index capping a fifth monthly gain, after data showing the American economy grew slower than forecast last quarter gave the Federal Reserve no reason to accelerate its time table for higher interest rates. Earnings from Alphabet Inc. boosted technology shares.

The S&P 500 rose 0.2 percent to 2,173.55 at 4 p.m. in New York, closing within two points of its record. The gauge climbed 3.6 percent in July. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1 percent to 18,432, a fifth straight loss for the longest slide since June 15. The 30-stock index rose 2.8 percent in July, a sixth consecutive advance. The Nasdaq 100 Index rose 0.2 percent Friday, leaving it 7 percent higher in the month.

The U.S. economy stumbled in the first half of 2016 as companies retrenched, leaving consumers to shoulder the burden of sustaining growth heading into the presidential election. That didn’t deter equity gains, with the S&P 500 overcoming the longest stretch without a record outside of a bear market since 1985 as central banks signaled additional stimulus and corporate earnings topped estimates.

Source : Bloomberg

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