SECOND QUARTER: STOCKS START ON FIRM NOTE AND AS TRUMP-XI TALKS, U.S. POLICY IN FOCUS

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On Monday, in second quarter, Asian shares started higher. After a successful quarter, investors are looking towards the way of U.S. trade and their economic policies.

As per the reports provided by MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific, it has been noticed that outside Japan has rose by 0.3%, while on Friday 0.4% was gained by Japan’s Nikkei that was on seven-week low.

With the release of South Korea’s trade data for March, improvement in global demand has been expected with exports rising. Some indications of picking up in momentum have been shown in the global economy that is currently led by China.

“If we get strong reading in U.S payrolls data, the markets will try to price in a rate hike in June,” said Minori Uchida, chief currency strategist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

Moreover, as per the private survey done on China’s manufacturing, showed a great expansion, which was also indicated by the government in a similar kind of survey.

This week’s main focus remained U.S. payroll figures and Trump’s meeting with the counterpart Xi Jinping, President of China. While on Sunday, in order to secure the Chinese cooperation against North Korea, President Trump the possibility of using trade as a lever has been held out.

“After his failure to push through his healthcare reforms, investors increasingly think that his tax reforms will take time. And given the China-U.S. summit, trade issues could come to the fore this week,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Mitsui Sumitomo Asset Management.

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