China cuts Covid quarantine time by two days
Chinese state media reported on Friday that the country would reduce quarantine time for international travelers by two days.
The revised rules state that travelers will have to stay in a quarantine facility for five days, shorter than the previous seven-day period, with a two-day home observation period.
—Evelyn Cheng, Lee Ying Shan
Earnings preview: Softbank to post net profit after posting earlier losses
Softbank is expected to post a net profit in upcoming quarterly results.
A median forecast predicts the Japanese conglomerate will post annualized net profit of 2.769 billion yen ($19.5 billion) for its second quarter ending September 30, according to a Refinitiv survey.
The company recorded two consecutive periods of quarterly net losses, with a net loss of 3.16 trillion yen in the first quarter ending June 30 and a net loss of 2.1 trillion yen in the fourth quarter ending March 30 .
— Lee Ying Shan
Hong Kong movers: Alibaba, JD.com, Tencent soar at opening
Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese tech companies have surged into early trading in Asia, with the broader Hang Seng Index briefly rising more than 6%.
Tech giants Alibaba and JD.com climbed 7.94% and 10% respectively. Tencent added 9.16% and Meituan gained 12.26%.
— Lee Ying Shan
Currency control: Japanese yen and Chinese yuan at strengthened levels
The japanese yen and chinese yuan hovered around strengthened levels after the US dollar index fell more than 1% overnight on a weaker-than-expected inflation report.
The yen settled at 141.63 against the greenback, hovering around the highest levels it had seen in two months before weakening past 150 in October.
The onshore yuan was around 7.18, also trading near its highest levels against the dollar in nearly a month.
Asia-Pacific indices open after US inflation report
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CPI rises less than expected
The consumer price index in the United States – a broad gauge of inflation – rose 0.4% in October from the previous month. Year over year, the CPI rose 7.7%.
Economists polled by Dow Jones were expecting a monthly gain of 0.6% and an annual increase of 7.9%.
Excluding volatile food and energy costs, the so-called core CPI rose 0.3% on the month and 6.3% year on year, against respective estimates of 0.5% and 6.5%.
Dollar index on pace for worst day since Dec. 21. 2015
The U.S. dollar slid against a basket of other currencies on Thursday as investors cheered the weaker-than-expected October CPI report, signaling that inflation may have peaked.
The dollar index lost 2%, putting it on pace for its worst daily performance since Dec. 21. 4, 2015. If the index falls more than 2.1%, it will reach levels not seen since 2009.
This week, the dollar index is down 2.3% and is on course for its worst week since March 2020.
Biden worries about Xi’s relationship with Putin ahead of G-20 summit
The US government has introduced some of its most extensive export controls yet aimed at cutting China off from advanced semiconductors. Analysts said the move could hamper China’s microchip industry.
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President Joe Biden is expected to discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week in a face-to-face meeting.
The meeting between the two leaders, the first since Biden assumed the US presidency, will take place ahead of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.
“I think the president will be honest and direct with President Xi about how we see the situation in Ukraine with Russia’s war of aggression,” a senior Biden administration official told reporters during the briefing. a call.
“It’s something the President and President Xi have talked about a number of times before. They talked about it extensively in March on their video call, and then they talked about it again in July, so it’s part of a conversation in course between the two of them,” added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.