Asia-Pacific shares mostly lower, Tokyo inflation at 40-year high;  US markets closed

Asia-Pacific shares mostly lower, Tokyo inflation at 40-year high; US markets closed

Asia-Pacific shares mostly lower, Tokyo inflation at 40-year high;  US markets closed

Movers in Hong Kong: Casinos, tech stocks fall on rising Chinese case numbers

Hong Kong-listed shares related to reopening and technology fell in Asia’s morning session after reports of a rise in Covid cases in China.

Shares of casino operator MGM China fell more than 4%, Wynn Macau lost 2.5%, Sands China fell 3%, and SJM Holdings also lost 2.7%.

Technology stocks such as Tencent also fell more than 3% in the morning session, Meituan lost 3.17% and Bilibili fell 4.36%.

– Jihye Lee

Core inflation in Tokyo has reached the highest levels in 40 years

Tokyo’s core consumer price index rose 3.6% in November on a year-on-year basis, more than the 3.5% expected in a Reuters poll.

The report marks the fastest annual pace Japan’s capital has seen since April 1982, and well above the Bank of Japan’s 2% inflation target.

The capital’s reading indicates that higher inflationary pressures have not yet been tamed. Nationwide inflation is hovering around similar historical levels.

– Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: Outperforming asset managers pick the stocks to win as margins get squeezed

Patrick Armstrong, chief investment officer at Plurimi Wealth, believes margin squeeze is the “biggest risk” for stocks. But he believes some stocks can buck the trend.

“Own sectors with sound margins or creating margin squeezes elsewhere,” he added, naming the sectors and stocks he likes best.

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— Zavier Ong

CNBC Pro: UBS says 2023 recession will be an inch deep but a mile wide — and it’s not priced into stocks

Global economic conditions will change next year and that will turn around which markets and sectors are underperforming, according to the chief strategist at UBS Investment Bank.

“It’s an inch deep, but it’s a mile wide,” he said of the expected recession. “Global growth is at 2% and that’s not priced into stocks,” Bhanu Baweja told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Wednesday.

He also mentioned which sectors he expects to outperform next year.

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Jennifer Reid

Malaysian shares rose after the State Palace announced the Prime Minister

Malaysia-listed shares closed higher on Thursday after the State Palace announced Anwar Ibrahim as the country’s prime minister.

Benchmark The KLCI index closed 4.04% higher after previous negative sessions, ending the session at its highest levels in more than two months.

Telecommunications group Axiata Group Bhd rose more than 12%, and Maxis Bhd rose 11%. Genting Malaysia climbed around 8% and rubber glove maker Top Glove also gained 8% in the afternoon session.

The Malaysian ringgit strengthened slightly against the US dollar and was last at 4.5080.

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