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Asian shares, US futures rise on debt ceiling deal

May 29, 2023

Washington [US], May 29: Asian shares and U.S. stock futures rose on Monday, buoyed by a weekend deal by U.S. President Joe Biden and congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy to suspend the government's debt ceiling, ending a months-long stalemate and angst for investors.
After weeks of negotiations, McCarthy and Biden forged a agreement late on Saturday to avert an economically destabilising default to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling until 2025. The deal will now have to passes through the narrowly divided Congress.
The positive news lifted S&P 500 futures 0.4% in early trade while Nasdaq futures firmed 0.6%. Nikkei (.N225) surged 1.9% to a fresh 33-year high and Australia's resources heavy shares (.AXJO) gained 0.6%.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) rose 0.3%.
"Asian markets should start the week on the front foot, but for the U.S. equity markets. futures have opened stronger this morning but we need to see the deal being passed for the next leg higher," said Tony Sycamore, market analyst at IG.
"Yes, we will get the relief rally in the short-term but then we have to start thinking about the June FOMC meeting, about inflation being stickier than expected, and the money being drained out of the (share) markets."
Cash U.S. Treasuries were untraded in Asia on Monday, owing to the Memorial Day holiday, while futures were broadly steady. Ten-year futures' implied yield was 3.84%.
On Friday, Federal Reserve's preferred gauge of inflation - the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index - came in stronger than expected, with markets now leaning towards a quarter-point hike from the Fed next month and seeing rates staying there for the rest of the year. .
In Turkey, the lira hovered at 20.04 against the dollar , just a touch above its record low of 20.06 hit on Friday, after President Tayyip Erdogan secured victory in the country's presidential election, extending his increasingly authoritarian rule into a third decade.
Elsewhere in the currency markets, the dollar index - a measure of the greenback against its major peers - was solidly placed at 104.26, close to a two month high hit on Friday.
The yen slumped to a fresh six-month low of 140.89 per dollar in early trade, the euro nursed losses around a two-month trough of $1.0721 and the Aussie hovered at $0.6527, just a touch above a six-month low hit on Friday.
Oil prices rose early Monday. Brent crude futures climbed 39 cents, or 0.5%, to $77.34 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $73.12 a barrel, up 45 cents, or 0.6%.
Gold prices were 0.1% lower at $1,943.69 per ounce.
Source: Fijian Broadcasting Cooperation