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Asian stocks rebound as U.S. equity futures, oil prices jump

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rebounded Tuesday as Wall Street futures moved higher while U.S. markets were closed for a holiday.

Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney gained. Oil prices rebounded to above $110 per barrel.

Futures for Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index
ES00,
+1.63%

rose 1.6% after a three-day holiday weekend.

“Today’s gains are attempting to pare back on previous losses, suggesting the presence of dip-buyers,” said Yeap Jun Rong of IG in a report.

The Shanghai Composite Index
SHCOMP,
+0.18%

gained 0.1% to 3,318.29 and the Nikkei 225
NIK,
+2.37%

in Tokyo climbed 2.4% to 26,415. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng
HSI,
+1.43%

advanced 1.4% to 21,466.

The Kospi
180721,
+1.03%

in Seoul was 1.2% higher at 2,421 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200
XJO,
+1.42%

rose 1.4% to 6,526.20.

New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets gained.

Investors worry efforts by U.S. and European central banks to cool inflation that is running at a four-decade high might derail global economic growth.

Japan and China, two of three biggest economies, have avoided joining in rate hikes.

On Monday, China’s central bank left its benchmark rates unchanged. The Bank of Japan stuck to its policy of near-zero interest rates last week despite concern that is weakening the yen’s exchange rate.

The S&P 500
SPX,
+0.22%

has fallen by more than 20% from its Jan. 3 peak, putting it in what traders call a bear market.

Investors are looking for clues of Fed plans for possible additional rate hikes when Chair Jerome Powell speaks before congressional committees this week.

On Monday, European stock markets advanced. Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul declined.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude
CL.1,
+1.79%

jumped $2.41 to $110.41 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude
BRN00,
+1.17%
,
the price standard for international oil trading, gained $1.36 to $115.49 per barrel in London.

The dollar held steady at 135.12 to the yen
USDJPY,
+0.01%
.
The euro
EURUSD,
+0.12%

gained to $1.0525 from $1.0491.

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2022-06-21 00:06:00

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