September 26, 2022

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Stocks mixed as interest rate hike fears rise, China cuts LPR

Stocks mixed as interest rate hike fears rise, China cuts LPR

Australian cement company Adbri shares fell 16% after reporting a drop in profits

Australian cement maker Adbri fell after posting 15% decrease in net profit For the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year.

Adbri’s stock is down more than 16.54% on Monday.

Net profit was A$48.1 million ($33.2 million), while first-half revenue increased 8% year-over-year to A$812.4 million. This was “mainly driven by strong demand in the construction and mining sector and improved pricing across most products,” the company said in a report.

The company said underlying net profit after tax was hit in part by operational challenges related to severe wet weather events on the east coast of Australia and rising costs.

– Abigail Ng

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand wants interest rates ‘comfortably above neutral’, Reuters reports

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Christian Huxby said New Zealand policy makers want interest rates to be “comfortably higher than neutral” to combat rising rates. According to Reuters.

The The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised the cash rate by 50 basis points to 3%. last week. Huxby told Reuters the central bank was considering a 25 or 75 basis point increase.

He said raising the official cash rate above the neutral rate would lower inflation and “give us breathing space to see how things go.”

“Once we get [official cash rate] Up to the 4%-4.25% level, we see things are evenly balanced from there. So we give equal weight to the necessity of putting the OCR as if we were putting it on.”

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Huxby said policymakers expect the economy to cool and acknowledge that uncertainty awaits them.

– Abigail Ng

The International Monetary Fund heads to Colombo for more economic solutions

The International Monetary Fund will visit Colombo this week to continue discussions with Sri Lankan authorities on economic and financial reforms and policies.

“The goal is to make progress toward a staff-level agreement on a possible arrangement for the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility in the near term,” the IMF said in a statement over the weekend.

“As Sri Lanka’s public debt is assessed as unsustainable, approval by the IMF Executive Board of the EFF program will require sufficient assurances from Sri Lanka’s creditors that debt sustainability will be restored.”

The IMF had already concluded the first round of discussion in late June when it worked on a macroeconomic and structural policy package with Colombo to “correct macroeconomic imbalances, restore public debt sustainability, and realize Sri Lanka’s growth potential”.

Other challenges that must be resolved include containing high levels of inflation and addressing severe pressures on the balance of payments.

The IMF is the IMF’s lending facility and helps countries deal with balance of payments or cash flow problems.

– So Lin Tan

CNBC Pro: How to Reduce Risk in Your Portfolio Right Now, According to the Pros

China’s central bank cuts lending rates

The The People’s Bank of China lowered the benchmark one-year lending rate by 5 basis points and priced for five years by 15 basis points, according to an online statement.

This brings the one-year loan prime rate to 3.65% and the five-year LPR to 4.3%.

Analysts polled by Reuters expected a 10 basis point cut from the one-year LPR, and half of respondents expected the five-year rate to be cut by 15 basis points.

– Abigail Ng

CNBC Pro: JPMorgan predicts when the rally in growth stocks will end

Investors have flocked to growing stocks lately, but as recession fears mount, market watchers are deciding whether to switch to safer bets instead.

However, JPMorgan believes the rally still needs more upside, and has identified several indicators to watch when considering a rotation on developing stocks.

Professional subscribers can Read the story here.

– Xavier Ong

What do you expect from Paul Jackson Hole’s speech?

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to speak at the central bank’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this week, and shed some light on the pace of future rate hikes.

Powell may offer hawkish comments from Fed officials who recently reiterated their commitment to fighting inflation, even as investors enjoyed a summer rally in part due to the Fed’s less aggressive outlook.

However, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said in an interview last week with The Wall Street Journal He is considering another 0.75 percentage point rate hike at the September meeting.

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Check out CNBC Pro for More on what to expect from the Federal Reserve Chairman.

– Sarah Min

Reuters poll expects China to cut lending rates

China is preparing to release loan principal interest rates (LPR) on Monday, and Analysts widely expected cuts, according to a Reuters poll.

The majority of analysts expected the one-year benchmark lending rate to be cut by 10 basis points, while they expected the five-year LPR to be cut by more than 10 basis points.

Reuters reported that half of the 30 respondents expected a cut of 15 basis points.

The one-year LPR is currently 3.7% after a cut in January, and the five-year rate is at 4.45%. China cut its five-year LPR by 15 basis points in May, in a move said to support housing demand.

– Abigail Ng