Markets Daily: Asian Stocks Set to Rally on Optimistic US Economic Outlook

Equity futures advanced in Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong following another record close in the US fuelled by a bipartisan $579 billion U.S. infrastructure deal that stoked economic optimism. The Dow Jones index lifted by 1% overnight. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each rose by 0.6% and 0.7% respectively with energy and financials leading gains.

Treasury yields were flat overnight. US 10-year yields rose by 1 point to 1.49% and short-term US 2-year yields rose by 1 point to near 0.27%. 

Forex trading saw little changed against other major currencies. According to ZERO Markets’ Meta Trader 5 platform, the Euro rose from lows near $1.1920 to highs near $1.1955 against the dollar. The Aussie dollar rose from lows near $0.7565 to highs around $0.759 against the dollar at US close. 

Commodity trading saw crude oil prices remained elevated. Brent crude rose by 0.5% to near $US75.56 a barrel. WIT gained 0.3% to near $US73.3 a barrel. Traders are awaiting upcoming deliberations among OPEC+ producers that may lead to supply hikes.

Iron ore prices fell 0.8% to near $214.9 a tonne. Precious metals trading saw gold fell 0.4% to near US$1776.6 an ounce.

Key events this week (Economic Calendar):

US Personal Income Spending (Friday)

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