Inflation in Australia, semiconductor stocks soar

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Asia-Pacific markets were mixed on Wednesday as Australia’s inflation rate rose for the third straight month, while semiconductor and related stocks jumped after Nvidia’s recent price hike. night.

of Australia inflationary the rate in May stood at 4%, compared with the 3.6% recorded in April. The core inflation rate was also at 4%, higher than the 3.8% a Reuters poll of economists expected.

A higher-than-expected inflation index could prompt the RBA to raise interest rates. RBA Governor Michelle Bullock recently revealed Central banks discuss raising interest rates at its last meeting.

Singapore’s May factory output will also be released on Wednesday, with a Reuters poll of economists predicting a 2% year-on-year growth rate, compared with with a 1.6% decrease recorded in April.

of Australia S&P/ASX 200 lost 1.03% on Wednesday, dragged down by retail trade and non-energy minerals stocks.

Japanese Nikkei 225 rose 1.26% in morning trading, while broad-based Topix rose 0.64%. Korean kospi rose 0.25%, while small-cap Kosdaq traded close to flat.

Semiconductors and related stocks such as Most advantageous increased by more than 6%, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing CompanySK Hynix and MediaTek increased by 1.38%, 4% and 3.25% respectively. Samsung Electronics fell more than 0.2%.

This comes on the back of a rally in Nvidia shares, which closed 6.76% higher on Tuesday.

Hong Kong Hang Seng Index and mainland China’s CSI 300 index both decreased slightly.

Overnight in America, Dow Jones Industrial Average fell, down 0.76% to close at 39,112.16. Led by one Nvidia recovery, large market S&P 500 added 0.39% while Nasdaq composite rose 1.26%, with both indexes ending a three-day losing streak.

– CNBC’s Hakyung Kim and Samantha Subin contributed to this report.


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