Asia-Pacific markets were trading mixed on Tuesday, defying moves on Wall Street after the S&P 500 erased earlier gains that brought the benchmark index to trade at its highest level on an intraday basis in nine months.
Markets are "catching their breath after Friday's broad-based rally," said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at the Carson Group. "It's a very lackluster news day, which isn't a bad thing as we consolidate some of those big recent gains we've had."
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.2% and finished the day at 7,129.6 after the central bank surprised markets and raised its cash rate by 25 basis points to 4.1%. The Australian dollar strengthened by 0.8% to 0.6669 against the U.S. dollar.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 continued to rise above the 32,000 mark, gaining 0.9% and ended at 32,506.78. Meanwhile the Topix was up 0.74% and closed at 2,236.28.
The last time the Nikkei traded at these levels, Japan was in the middle of its bubble economy — a period from 1986 to 1991 where real estate prices and stock prices were hugely inflated. The Nikkei reached its all-time high of just above 38,900 in December 1989.
South Korea's markets are closed Tuesday for a holiday.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 0.18% in its final hour of trade, dragged by industrial stocks. Mainland Chinese markets were also all lower, with the Shanghai Composite down 1.15 and ending at 3,195.34, its lowest level since Jan 13.
Meanwhile, the Shenzhen Component fell 1.58% to end at 10,773.45, its lowest level in over seven months.
Notably, tech giant Apple lost about 0.8%, retreating from all-time highs touched earlier in the session. The iPhone maker on Monday unveiled its highly anticipated virtual reality headset and a slew of software updates at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
— CNBC's Samantha Subin and Tanya Macheel contributed to this report
Thailand's May inflation rate comes in sharply lower than expected
Thailand's inflation rate in May came in sharply lower than expected, recording a year-on-year growth at 0.5%, and vastly lower than the 2.67% recorded in April.
The 0.5% figure was at the lowest level since August, and defied expectations from economists polled by Reuters, who forecast inflation to come in at 1.7%.
The country's core inflation rate — which strips out prices of raw food and energy — stood at 1.55%, compared with 1.66% in the previous month.
Thailand's central bank has a 1% to 3% target for headline inflation set "for the medium-term horizon and for 2023." The Bank of Thailand raised its key interest rate to 2% on May 31, its sixth-straight rate hike since August.
— Lim Hui Jie
Australia's central bank hikes rates by 25 basis points, defies expectations
The Reserve Bank of Australia again defied market expectations and raised its benchmark rate to 4.1%.
Economists polled by Reuters were widely expecting the central bank to hold its rates steady.
The Australian dollar rose by 0.73% to 0.6667 against the U.S. dollar shortly after the decision as the central bank grapples with the latest inflation rate of 7% for March quarter.
Australian stocks fell further, and the S&P/ASX 200 last traded 1.14% lower.
— Jihye Lee
Nikkei 225 up over 25% from Jan 4 low in bull market sign
Japan's Nikkei 225 has risen more than 25% year to date, a sign that the index could be entering a bull market.
The Nikkei has been reaching levels not seen since 1990, a time when Japan was in the midst of its "bubble economy" that saw hugely inflated stock prices.
This rally can be partly due to foreigners buying a net $53.5 billion worth of Japanese equities in the last nine weeks until May 27, according to Japan Ministry of Finance data.
— Lim Hui Jie, Clement Tan
Philippines inflation rate slows for fourth month in a row
The inflation rate in the Philippines slowed for the fourth month in a row to 6.1% in May, down from the 6.8% recorded in April and slightly lower than the 6.2% expected from economists polled by Reuters.
Core inflation, which excludes some selected food and energy items, eased to 7.7% in May from 7.9% in April.
The country's statistics authority explained that the downtrend was due to transport prices coming in at -0.5% compared with last year, versus the 2.6% increase in April
Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages also registered a lower inflation rate of 7.4% in May, compared with 7.9% the month before.
Restaurants and accommodation services also saw a slower inflation rate of 8.3%, down from 8.6% the month before.
— Lim Hui Jie
TSMC shares rise as Apple moves to its own silicon on all its computers
Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co climbed slightly after U.S. tech giant Apple announced its new Mac Pro will use Apple silicon. This means that the entire Apple computer lineup will now use the company's own processors.
While Apple does not reveal its suppliers, the new Apple M2 Ultra chip in the new Mac Pro is reportedly manufactured using TSMC's process, which has also reportedly been used to manufacture Apple's M1 and M2 series of chips.
Apple first released its homemade M1 chip in November 2020, after only using Intel chips on its computers since 2006.
— Lim Hui Jie
Australia expected to leave rates unchanged in Tuesday meeting
The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to hold its benchmark interest rate at 3.85%, according to a poll of 32 economists by Reuters.
21 of the 32 surveyed expect the RBA to hold rates, while 11 forecast a 25 basis points hike to 4.1%.
The RBA raised rates last month after pausing in April, surprising investors and economists who were expecting the central bank to hold.
The country's inflation rate for April came in at a faster pace of 6.8%, compared with 6.3% in the previous month and market forecasts of 6.4%.
— Lim Hui Jie
Japan's household spending falls more than expected in April
Japanese household spending fell 4.4% in April from a year earlier, a larger drop than the 2.3% expected by economists polled by Reuters.
This is its sharpest drop since July 2021 and the fifth time in six months that household spending has dropped since November 2022.
On a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis, household spending dropped by 1.3% compared with March, versus an expected gain of 0.6%.
— Lim Hui Jie
Japanese yen slightly strengthens as currency is back on watch for intervention
The Japanese yen has been weakening toward levels that last prompted government officials to step in to prop up the currency. The currency slightly strengthened to below 140 against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday.
HSBC's head Asian foreign exchange research Joey Chew predicts government officials could intervene when the yen reaches the 145 level against the greenback.
She noted the month-on-month change seen in the currency before the intervention in September had a range of 6% to 8%.
The recent movements in the currency shows a 4% to 5% range, she said, adding that the USD/JPY would have to rise to 145 to get to above 6% month-on-month.
Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs economists noted in a May 26 research report that further interest rate hikes from the U.S. Federal Reserve will weaken the yen further.
"We think that if markets continue to price a better U.S. growth outlook and more hawkish Fed expectations then this is consistent with JPY underperformance, and rate differentials explain most of the recent JPY weakening," they said.
— Jihye Lee
CNBC Pro: Ark Invest's flagship fund sold Nvidia before its big rally. Here's why
Tech giant Nvidia has been the darling of Wall Street this year due to a relentless rally in its stock driven by surging demand for artificial intelligence.
However, Ark Invest's flagship Ark Innovation ETF exited Nvidia entirely in early January before the chipmaker enjoyed a powerful rally that propelled it to a $1 trillion market capitalization.
Frank Downing, a research director at Ark Invest, spoke to CNBC about the investment house's decision to exit its Nvidia position from its flagship fund.
— Ganesh Rao
CNBC Pro: Here's what to buy — and avoid — after the U.S. debt ceiling deal, according to analysts
There are opportunities for investors — but also potential minefields — when the debt ceiling is lifted, such as an influx of Treasurys, according to some analysts.
In a June 4 report, Citi said it expects a net increase of about $400 billion in U.S. Treasury bill issuance in the near term — the bulk of it in short-duration bills.
— Weizhen Tan
Markets continue climbing 'wall of worry' despite some bullish signals, Bank of America says
Despite a handful of bullish market signs, some flashing warnings signals are giving investors reasons to remain cautious, according to Bank of America.
"Many indicators have flashed bullish backdrop signals that support the case for a much higher equity market well into 2024," wrote Stephen Suttmeier in a Monday note to clients. "Bearish sentiment, light positioning and record high cash levels suggest that investors continue to fight the tape."
The technical research strategist noted that the 2023 S&P 500 trend mimics some "wall of worry bullish" turns in previous years, including 2020 and 2012.
"Risk management support moves up to 4200-4166, which needs to hold to have confidence in last week's upside breakout," he wrote.
— Samantha Subin
Intel falls after Apple announces that new Mac Pro will use homemade computer chip
Intel chips were previously used in the Mac Pro. The announcement means that all of Apple's computers will use Apple chips going forward. Apple introduced its first chip in 2020.
— Jesse Pound
SEC files 13 charges against Binance alleging billions worth of user funds were comingled
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed 13 charges against crypto exchange Binance and co-founder Changpeng Zhao. In the charges, the SEC alleged that billions of dollars worth of user funds were sent to a European company under Zhao's control.
"Through thirteen charges, we allege that Zhao and Binance entities engaged in an extensive web of deception, conflicts of interest, lack of disclosure, and calculated evasion of the law," SEC Chair Gary Gensler said.
— Rohan Goswami, Alex Harring
Regulators reportedly planning big increase to capital requirements at big banks
U.S. regulators are reportedly planning to lift capital requirements for big banks in the the wake of a slew of bank collapses earlier in the year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Regulators will likely propose a plan as soon as this month that will lift overall capital requirements on average by about 20%, according to the report. Potentially larger requirements could come to banks reliant on investment banking or wealth management fees.
— Samantha Subin