U.S. stocks ended the week on a high note, with comments from Federal Reserve Chair Powell about U.S. economic growth bolstering market sentiment. Powell mentioned that while there is elevated inflation, the possibility of further rate hikes exists, yet he also highlighted that the economic growth situation surpasses expectations.
Last week, investors closely followed Federal Reserve Chair Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium.
Powell pointed out that the pace of economic growth is faster than the Federal Reserve’s projections. He stated, “2% remains and will continue to be our inflation target. Inflation data has become more favorable but still remains too high, and there is a long way to go. The economy may not cool as expected.
GDP growth has exceeded expectations so far this year, surpassing its long-term trend level. Moreover, recent data on consumer spending has been particularly robust. Additionally, after a significant 18-month slowdown, the real estate industry is now showing signs of recovery.”
He added, “We will decide cautiously whether to raise rates again. Restrictive policies will be implemented until inflation consistently slows down. If appropriate, the Fed is prepared to raise rates further.”
Last Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 0.45%, marking its second consecutive weekly decline. The Nasdaq rose by 2.26%, and the S&P 500 Index increased by 0.82%, both rebounding after three consecutive weeks of losses.
Most large tech stocks experienced gains, with Tesla rising over 3%, Netflix up by over 2%, Apple and Amazon gaining over 1%, and Microsoft and Google showing slight increases. Nvidia dropped over 2%, while Meta had a minor decrease.
“Vietnam’s Tesla,” VinFast, surged over 40%, accumulating almost a 350% gain for the week and approaching a market capitalization of $160 billion.
(S&P 500 Index, 1-day chart)
- Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 247.48 points, a gain of 0.73%, closing at 34,346.90 points.
- Nasdaq Composite Index rose by 126.67 points, a gain of 0.94%, closing at 13,590.65 points.
- S&P 500 Index increased by 29.40 points, a gain of 0.67%, closing at 4,405.71 points.
Hong Kong Stocks
In Hong Kong, the three major stock indices opened higher but fluctuated before falling back. After a significant morning surge, the indices narrowed their gains, closing up by around 304 points. The afternoon trend resembled the morning, with a gradual downward slide.
Among sectors, tech stocks generally rose, led by a more than 3% increase in NetEase, Inc. (9999.HK). Meituan (3690.HK) and Kuaishou Technology (1024.HK) gained nearly 2%, Tencent Holdings Limited (0700.HK) and Alibaba Group Holding Limited (9988.HK) rose over 1%.
New players in the car industry collectively gained, with XPeng Inc. (9868.HK) surging by nearly 11%.
Property stocks showed mixed performance, with China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) dropping nearly 79% on its first day of trading after suspension.
Mainland Chinese brokerage stocks rallied but retraced from their highs, most ending the session with gains.
Entertainment and media stocks declined, with China Star Entertainment Limited (0326.HK), the parent company of “The Voice,” dropping over 45%.
Traditional Chinese medicine, coal, and heavy machinery stocks led in gains.
(Hang Seng Index, 1-day chart)
- Hang Seng Index (HSI) rose by 0.97%, closing at 18,130.74 points.
- Hang Seng Tech Index (HSTECH) increased by 1.69%.
- Hang Seng China Enterprises Index (HSCEI) increased by 1.15%.
FTSE China A50 Index
Favorable releases from the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation, and the China Securities Regulatory Commission resulted in a gap-up opening for A-shares today.
The Shanghai Composite Index and the Shenzhen Component Index both surged over 5%, and the ChiNext Index soared nearly 7%.
The securities sector saw a surge in limit-up stocks, yet the market saw a “gap-up and peak” scenario, displaying a high opening followed by a downward trend.
In the afternoon, the three major indices briefly rose by less than 1%.
Notably, northbound funds experienced another significant net outflow, and A-share trading volume significantly exceeded ¥1 trillion since August 4th.
The combined turnover of the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets reached ¥1.126 trillion, while northbound funds had a net outflow of ¥8.247 billion. Sixty-five stocks hit the limit-up (including ST stocks), while three stocks hit the limit-down.
In terms of sectors, real estate development, real estate services, the coal industry, decoration and building materials, and engineering consulting services showed the most substantial gains.
Communication services, brewing, precious metals, software development, internet services, and biotech products showed declines. Notable themes included nuclear pollution prevention, new urbanization, and the brokerage concept.
(SSE Composite Index, 1-day chart)
- Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) increased by 1.13%, closing at 3,098.64 points.
- Shenzhen Component Index (SZCOMP) increased by 1.01%, closing at 10,233.15 points.
- ChiNext Index (CHINEXT) increased by 0.96%, closing at 2,060.04 points.
- SSE STAR Market 50 Index (SSE50) increased by 1.12%, closing at 880.19 points.
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