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The People's Bank of China cuts banks' reserve requirements in a bid to boost growth

China intends to reduce the amount of liquidity that banks must hold in reserves, starting early next month.

Reserve ratio requirements for banks will be reduced by 50 basis points starting February 5, which will free up 1 trillion yuan (US$139.8 billion) of long-term capital, People's Bank of China Governor Pan Gongsheng said at a press conference.

Reducing the reserve requirements that banks must hold would increase the ability of lenders to make loans and stimulate spending in the broader economy.

This comes at a time when Beijing seeks to boost growth, while reducing the debt of its previously bloated real estate sector, which represents about a third of its economic activities.

This is the central bank's first reduction in reserve requirements this year, after reducing the reserve reserve ratio twice last year. The People's Bank of China said there was room for further easing in monetary policy.

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– Evelyn Cheng and Clement Tan

7 hours ago

Alibaba shares rose after Jack Ma announced a $50 million share buyback

Shares of Chinese tech giant Alibaba rose nearly 6% after founder Jack Ma bought $50 million worth of its Hong Kong stock in the fourth quarter.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The New York Times reported Besides, Alibaba Chairman Joe Tsai also bought $151 million worth of Alibaba shares traded in the US in the fourth quarter via his family investment vehicle Blue Pool Management.

According to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing on January 2, Alibaba has repurchased $9.5 billion of its shares in Hong Kong during 2023, resulting in a decline of about 3.3% of its shares.

8 hours ago

New Zealand's inflation rate reaches the lowest level since June 2021

Inflation rate in New Zealand It fell to 4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2023, the lowest level since the quarter ending June 2021.

The reading indicates that inflation slowed throughout 2023, with the CPI rate falling for the fourth consecutive quarter.

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However, Nicola Gruden, senior director of consumer prices, noted that although this was the smallest annual increase in the CPI in more than two years, it was still above the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's inflation target range of 1- 3%.

This reading will be the last inflation reading before the Reserve Bank of New Zealand meets at the end of February to make a monetary policy decision. The bank kept interest rates at 5.5% last November.

– Lim Hui Ji

8 hours ago

Business activity in Japan expanded at the fastest pace in four months

Private sector activity in Japan January grew at its fastest pace since September, according to preliminary data from Bank au Jibun.

Japan's composite PMI came in at 51.1, up from 50.0 in December. The bank said the increase was led by service providers, with the services sector PMI accelerating to 52.7 from 51.5.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion, and a reading below 50 indicates contraction.

The manufacturing PMI registered a smaller contraction in January, coming to 47.4 from 46.8.

– Lim Hui Ji

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Japan's exports exceeded expectations in December, recording a trade surplus as imports fell

Japan exports It grew 9.8% year-on-year in December, reversing a 0.2% decline the previous month and beating economists polled by Reuters' expectations for a 9.1% rise.

Imports into the world's third-largest economy fell by 6.8% year-on-year in December, a smaller contraction compared to an 11.9% decline in November, but more severe than the Reuters poll's forecast of 5.3%.

As such, Japan's trade balance for December reached a surplus of $62.1 billion, compared to a deficit of $780.4 billion in November.

For the entire year 2023Japan's total exports rose 2.8% year-on-year to 100.89 trillion yen, while imports fell 7% in the same period to 110.17 trillion yen.

– Lim Hui Ji

10 hours ago

Australian factory activity expanded for the first time in 11 months, Juno Bank data showed

Factory activity in Australia It expanded for the first time in 11 months, according to flash data from Juneau Bank.

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The country's manufacturing PMI for January came in at 50.3, up from December's figure of 47.6.

Services sector activity contracted at a slower pace, with the services PMI reaching 47.9 compared to 47.1 in December.

Overall, business activity in Australia also saw a slower contraction, with the composite PMI at 48.1 versus 46.9 in December.

A PMI reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below 50 indicates contraction.

– Lim Hui Ji

10 hours ago

CNBC Pro: Vontobel says shares of Swiss auto parts maker could rise 75%

The share price of a Swiss-listed auto parts manufacturer could rise by more than 70% in the next year, according to Vontobel.

The company manufactures lightweight automotive components for automakers such as BMW, Ford, Renault, Mercedes, General Motors and Volvo.

Vontobel expects profit margins and free cash flow at the company to rise.

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-Ganesh Rao

17 hours ago

Earnings cause divergence among members of the Dow Jones Index

The Dow Jones fell more than 100 points in Tuesday's session as investors analyzed earnings reports from a few members of the index.

3M fell below the blue-chip average with a decline of more than 11%, on track to post its third-largest loss in history and its worst day since April 2019. The sell-off came after issuing disappointing full-year and first-quarter guidance.

Johnson & Johnson also pulled the index lower, falling 1.5% despite beating Wall Street expectations on both lines in the fourth quarter.

But the losses were mitigated by gains on the back of other members' reports. Verizon led the index higher with gains of more than 5% after a better-than-expected report. Procter & Gamble followed, up more than 4% as investors paid attention to earnings per share that were better than analysts expected.

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CNBC Pro: Goldman Sachs Designates 4 Battery Stocks to Buy Now — Offering a 120% Upside

Electric car makers like Tesla and BYD have been making headlines over the past few weeks, but Goldman Sachs is now watching a corner of the market.

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This is the battery sector – which includes lithium and nickel electrolyte batteries that are key inputs into the manufacturing of electric vehicles.

The investment bank noted that the sector – and stocks – appear attractive amid increased reliance on electric vehicles and falling battery prices.

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– Amala Balakrishner

16 hours ago

United Airlines, 3M were among the biggest movers Tuesday

These are some of the most moving stocks during Tuesday's session:

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-Samantha Sobin

16 hours ago

Oil prices stabilized due to mixed supply and geopolitical signals

Oil prices were largely stable on Tuesday, as traders tried to make sense of mixed signals in the Middle East and threats to crude oil supplies.

The March West Texas Intermediate contract rose 21 cents, or 0.28%, to trade at $74.97 a barrel on Tuesday, while the Brent crude contract rose 5 cents, or 0.06%, to trade at $80.11. US crude fell more than 2% earlier in the trading session.

Israel proposed a two-month halt to the fighting in Gaza in exchange for the release of the remaining hostages, according to NBC News. But Hamas rejected the offer, according to the Associated Press.

Oil prices rose about 2 percent on Monday due to potential threats to crude supplies. Ukrainian drones reportedly bombed a major Russian gas station on the Baltic Sea over the weekend, and the US and Britain also launched renewed air strikes against the Houthis in Yemen on Monday.

Oil production in the United States has also been affected by the cold weather, with production in North Dakota down by about 400,000 barrels per day as of Friday. The outage in the United States was eased by Libya's resumption of production at the Sharara oil field, which has a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day.

-Spencer Kimball

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