Market Insights: April 26th, 2024


The A-share market showed a fluctuating upward trend; the Hang Seng Index rose sharply upon opening; the artificial intelligence and robotics sectors were notably active.

Stock Market Dynamics:

  • A-Shares: On Friday, the A-share market exhibited a volatile uptrend. The Growth Enterprise Market Index rose by more than 1%, the Shanghai Composite Index increased by 0.68%, and the Shenzhen Component Index climbed by 0.76%. In terms of sector performance, brokerages, computing power, optical communications, and gold industries led the gains, while food safety, PEEK materials, and commercial cryptography sectors saw the most significant declines.
  • Hong Kong Stocks: The Hang Seng Index opened high and eventually rose by 1.33%, with the Hang Seng Tech Index surging by 2.11%. Kuaishou saw an increase of more than 3%, while companies like Meituan, Bilibili, JD.com, and Tencent all experienced gains of over 2%. CNOOC's stock price nearly increased by 4%.
  • US Stocks: Saw a general decline, although the losses narrowed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 700 points at one point, closing with a loss of 375 points. The S&P 500 Index fell by as much as 1.6%, ending with a 0.5% loss.

Currency and Exchange Rate Dynamics:

  • Asian currency markets generally fell in early trading, with the Japanese yen breaking the 155 mark and the Indonesian rupiah continuing to decline. Indonesia's Central Bank unexpectedly raised interest rates by 25 basis points to stabilize the exchange rate, but analysts broadly question the effectiveness of this move.
  • The US dollar remained strong, putting pressure on the Chinese yuan. Several major banks have lowered their yuan exchange rate forecasts, with the onshore Chinese yuan (CNY) hitting a more than five-month low yesterday.

Industry Development and Trends:

  • The artificial intelligence and robotics sectors showed active performance. The AI ETF (515070) increased by 2.98%, and the Robotics ETF (562500) rose by 1.17%.
  • Intel's revenue exceeded expectations with a 9% increase in the first quarter, but its guidance for the second quarter was lower than expected. Its foundry business lost $2.5 billion in the first quarter, yet Intel's CEO expressed confidence for this year.

Economic Data and Analysis:

  • The US GDP grew by 1.6% in the first quarter, significantly below expectations, with a notable increase in personal consumption expenditure inflation, stirring market concerns about stagflation.
  • The Bank of Japan's April interest rate decision is imminent. The Investment Director of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company's balanced investment portfolio noted that although the Bank of Japan's interest rate decision this month is unlikely to include a hike, it is expected to consider the impact of the weak yen and may hint at future hikes, leading to a continuous rise in bank stocks. This week, the yen fell below 155 against the US dollar, marking the lowest in over thirty years and raising concerns about the Japanese economy.


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