-MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.53%, while Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.54%. Wall Street rallied overnight, with the S&P 500 gaining 1.21%. [.N]
In early European trade, the pan-region Euro Stoxx 50 futures were flat, German DAX futures were up 0.04%, and Britain’s FTSE futures were 0.03% higher.
Shares in China and Hong Kong swung between gains and losses after China lowered its lending reference rate only slightly in the first publication of a new benchmark since new interest rate reforms were announced on Saturday.
For now, however, investors were cheered by signs policymakers were willing to do more to support their economies in the grip of international trade frictions, led by the bruising Sino-U.S. tariff tussle.
The immediate focus shifts to the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s last meeting due on Wednesday. Traders are also keenly waiting on the Fed’s Jackson Hole seminar and a Group of Seven summit this weekend for clues on what additional steps policymakers will take to bolster growth.
Senior White House officials are discussing a temporary payroll tax cut to boost the economy, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
Hopes for additional stimulus are rising after reports that Germany is prepared to increase fiscal spending, and after the People’s Bank of China took steps to lower corporate borrowing costs.
“There are expectations for looser monetary policy everywhere in the world, and this is cushioning the markets against recent uncertain developments,” said Masayuki Kichikawa, chief macro strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Co in Tokyo.
“China is prepared to do a lot for its economy. I hope to hear more about fiscal spending in Germany. Central banks have no choice but to ease. The remaining question is what comes from fiscal policy.”