Stocks in Asia mainly edged up in Wednesday afternoon trade as buyers expect feedback from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for available clues on the central bank’s subsequent move on rates of interest.
Mainland Chinese stocks finished the morning session mainly unchanged, with the Shanghai composite, Shenzhen component and Shenzhen composite all close to flat.
In the meantime, the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong added 0.32%. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan additionally rose 0.4%.
South Korea’s Kospi advanced 0.57% as shares of chipmaker SK Hynix rose greater than 4.5%. Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.45% as most sectors traded higher.
In Japan, however, the Nikkei 225 moved fractionally, and the Topix fell 0.36% in afternoon trade.
The buyer price index in China rose 2.7% year-on-year in June, according to expectations from a Reuters poll.
One strategist mentioned consumer prices in China could decrease soon.
“The pork price pressure would decrease considerably in the second half, I believe, and other food prices might have the same pattern,” Daniel So, strategist at CMB International Securities, informed CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Wednesday.
A drop in pork provide caused by an outbreak of African swine fever has been pushing up prices of food in China. In June, food costs in June raised 8.3% year-on-year, greater than the earlier month determines of 7.7%.