U.S. stocks closed with mixed results on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) achieved its 13th consecutive trading day of gains, setting a new record for the longest continuous upward streak since 1987. Investors are evaluating the financial reports of several major tech companies.
As expected, the Federal Reserve announced a 25-basis-point interest rate hike, raising the benchmark interest rate to a range of 5.25% to 5.5%, the highest level since January 2001.
With this hike, the Federal Reserve has now raised interest rates 11 times since starting its rate-tightening cycle last year, totaling a cumulative increase of 525 basis points. The federal funds rate has risen from 0% to 0.25% to its current range.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that if economic data allows, there might be another rate hike in September, but he expressed the willingness to stop raising rates before inflation reaches 2%.
He also stated that there will be no rate cuts this year, though several Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members support multiple rate cuts next year. The two-year Treasury yield briefly fell to a daily low of 4.82%.
Among large tech stocks, Google surged over 5%, surpassing expectations for Q2 earnings with a strong rebound in its advertising business. However, Microsoft fell over 3%, as its cloud business growth continued to slow down in the fourth quarter.
Snap also experienced a sharp decline, dropping over 14% due to a net loss of $377 million in the second quarter.
On the positive side, West Pacific Unibank surged over 26% after announcing its merger with a California bank.
Meanwhile, Huirong Technology witnessed the largest intraday increase, soaring over 81%, as the market regulatory authority approved American Megalith Corporation’s acquisition of Huirong Technology’s shares under certain conditions.
(S&P 500 Index, 1-day chart)
- Dow increased by 82.05 points or 0.23%, closing at 35,520.12 points.
- Nasdaq decreased by 17.27 points or 0.12%, closing at 14,127.28 points.
- S&P 500 Index decreased by 0.71 points or 0.02%, closing at 4,566.75 points.
Hong Kong Stocks
Hong Kong stocks started the day with a significant surge in response to positive cues. The Hang Seng Index opened 136 points higher and later narrowed to a gain of 117 points, closing at 19,482, its intraday low.
With the U.S. rate hike decision meeting expectations and uncertainties cleared, investors gained more optimism about the stock market, leading to increased capital inflows.
The Hang Seng Index extended its gains to reach a high of 19,685, rising by up to 320 points and remained hovering near the high levels.
The Hang Seng Tech Index also surged after opening higher, reaching a high of 4,357, an increase of 138 points, representing a gain of just over 3%, surpassing the Hang Seng Index by about 1.5%.
In the market, a $700 million investment from Volkswagen boosted the shares of XPeng Inc. (9868.HK) by over 33%, driving a collective rally in the automobile sector and its supply chain.
Large tech stocks saw broad gains, with Meituan (3690.HK), JD.com, Inc. (9618.HK), Alibaba Group Holding Limited (9988.HK), and NetEase, Inc. (9999.HK) all rising by more than 1%.
Property and property management stocks displayed strength once again, with Country Garden Holdings Company Limited (2007.HK) surging by 13%.
However, gold stocks, which were active the previous day, experienced a correction, and power and high-speed rail infrastructure stocks declined, with Huadian International Power falling by nearly 5%.
(Hang Seng Index, 1-day chart)
- Hang Seng Index increased by 1.36%, closing at 19,629.23 points.
- Hang Seng Tech Index increased by 2.98%, up 20% from its low in May, possibly entering a technical bull market.
- Hand Seng China Enterprises Index increased by 1.97%.
FTSE China A50 Index
A-Shares in China started the day with all three major indices opening higher. The Shanghai Composite Index and the Shenzhen Component Index gradually rose before experiencing slight retracements, while the ChiNext Index demonstrated a consolidating trend.
The total turnover of both Shanghai and Shenzhen markets reached CNY 473.51 billion, with northbound funds net buying CNY 3.584 billion. Twenty-eight stocks hit their daily limit (including ST stocks), while none experienced limit-down.
In terms of industry sectors, automobile parts, shipbuilding, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, and insurance led the gains, while semiconductors, commercial department stores, household light industry, software development, and internet services saw declines.
In terms of themes, hub motors, integrated casting for automobiles, automotive thermal management, autonomous driving, new energy vehicles, aircraft carrier concepts, liquor, and connected vehicles performed actively.
(SSE Composite Index, 1-day chart)
- Shanghai Composite Index increased by 0.44%, closing at 3,237.13 points.
- Shenzhen Component Index increased by 0.34%, closing at 11,005.82 points.
- ChiNext Index increased by 0.49%, closing at 2,201.99 points.
- SSE Star 50 Index (STAR50) decreased by 0.32%, closing at 958.51 points.
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