Asia markets start holiday-shortened week mixed; India stocks edge lower

Shreyashi Sanyal

This is CNBC's live blog covering Asia-Pacific markets.

A general view of market boards at the ASX Exchange Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Asia markets were mixed Monday to start a holiday-shortened week for most markets, while China remains shut for the week.

Many major stock markets in Asia-Pacific were closed Monday including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

India's Nifty 50 index edged 0.3% lower, while shares of financial technology firm Paytm, listed as One 97 Communications, rose 1.6%.

The company confirmed an independent director at its banking arm resigned from the Paytm Payments Bank board on Feb. 1.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.4% lower at 7,614.90.

The New Zealand dollar dipped 0.28% to $0.6128, cooling from a roughly 1.4% jump last week.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Adrian Orr said the country's current inflation rate was still too high at 4.7%. Speaking before a parliamentary committee, Orr said the central bank aims to bring inflation down to around 2%.

TICKERCOMPANYNAMEPRICECHANGE%CHANGE
.N225Nikkei 225 IndexNIKKEI39,523.55+80.92+0.21%
.HSIHang Seng IndexHSI16,721.69-373.34-2.18%
.AXJOS&P/ASX 200ASX 2007,788.10-25.50-0.33%
.SSECShanghaiSHANGHAI3,019.47-14.77-0.49%
.KS11KOSPI IndexKOSPI2,681.82-25.14-0.93%
.FTFCNBCACNBC 100 ASIA IDXCNBC 1009,373.19-78.90-0.83%

Wall Street ended higher on Friday after December's revised inflation reading came in lower than first reported. The benchmark S&P 500 closed above the key 5,000 level for the first time ever.

The S&P 500 rose 0.57% to end at 5,026.61, while the Nasdaq Composite rallied 1.25% to close at 15,990.66. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 54.64 points, or 0.14%, to settle at 38,671.69.

— CNBC's Samantha Subin and Yun Li contributed to this report.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Japan's markets were closed for a public holiday.

Mon, Feb 12 2024 1:18 AM EST

India's Paytm confirms banking arm director resigned

Shares of financial technology firm Paytm, listed as One 97 Communications, rose 1.6% as the broader Nifty 50 index edged 0.3% lower.

The company confirmed an independent director at its banking arm resigned from the Paytm Payments Bank board on Feb. 1.

Paytm said Manju Agarwal resigned from from her position due to personal commitments, in an exchange filing. The Hindustan Times had reported the resignation on Feb. 9.

The company has come under heat from the Reserve Bank of India, which ordered Paytm Payments Bank in late January to stop accepting fresh deposits in its accounts or digital wallets from March.

Last week, Paytm was in talks with the upper echelons of the Indian government, in efforts to reverse a market rout that wiped some $2.5 billion off its value.

— Shreyashi Sanyal

Sun, Feb 11 2024 11:38 PM EST

Kiwi dollar dips following Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor comments

The New Zealand dollar dipped 0.3% to $0.6130, cooling from a roughly 1.4% jump last week.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Adrian Orr said the country's current inflation rate was still too high at 4.7%. Speaking before a parliamentary committee, Orr said the central bank aims to bring inflation down to around 2%.

The kiwi dollar has been buoyed by bets that RBNZ could hike its interest rates again in order to rein in inflation.

LSEG data showed markets were pricing in a 71% chance of a hold when the central bank meets on Feb. 28 and a 52% chance of a hike at its May meeting.

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— Shreyashi Sanyal

Sun, Feb 11 2024 7:56 PM EST

Australian biotech CSL slides after cardiovascular drug fails trial

Shares of CSL fell 5% after the Australian biotechnology company said its cardiovascular drug CSL112 failed to meet the primary efficacy endpoint in a phase 3 trial.

CSL said the drug did not reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events at 90 days, compared with placebo. As a result, the company said it has "no plans for a near-term regulatory filing."

CSL shares were the biggest loser on Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index, and fell to their lowest level in almost one month.

— Shreyashi Sanyal

Sun, Feb 11 2024 6:19 PM EST

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Sun, Feb 11 2024 6:20 PM EST

CNBC Pro: These global tech stocks are in Citi's 'high-conviction' list. One was given nearly 80% upside

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Fri, Feb 9 2024 4:12 PM EST

S&P 500 clinches first close above 5,000

The S&P 500 rose 0.57% to end at 5,026.61 and finish above 5,000 for the first time ever. The Nasdaq Composite rallied 1.25% to close at 15,990.66, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 54.64 points, or 0.14%, to settle at 38,671.69.

For the week, the S&P added 1.4%, while the Nasdaq's gained 2.3% and the Dow finished flat. All three major averages notched their fifth straight winning week and 14th positive week in 15.

— Samantha Subin

Fri, Feb 9 2024 3:22 PM EST

NYCB insiders scoop up shares of the struggling bank

Executives at New York Community Bancorp have put their own money on the line in bets that the bank can steady itself. Seven corporate insiders have purchased stock of NYCB this week, according to Verity Data.

Those insider buys could help boost the confidence of outside investors as well.

Shares of NYCB were up more than 13% in afternoon trading, but the stock is still below $5 per share.

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Shares of NYCB were rebounding on Friday.

— Jesse Pound

Fri, Feb 9 2024 3:04 PM EST

India, Japan, Israel ETFs outperforming in 2024

ETFs tied to India, Japan and Israel are the best-performing country ETFs year to date, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

The Invesco India ETF has gained 3.6% in 2024, compared to the S&P 500's 5.3% gains in the same period. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF has jumped 3.51%, followed by the iShares MSCI Israel ETF up 1.7% year to date.

Meanwhile, the Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-shares ETF has the largest monthly rise among country ETFs and is up 3.75% in February.

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India, Japan and Israel ETFs are outperforming in 2024

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