Japan's Nikkei 225 jumps more than 2% as Asia markets rise; SoftBank shares surge
U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that getting inflation under control won't be easy and warned he could not promise a so-called soft landing for the economy.
SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific rose on Friday, with markets seeing a rollercoaster week as investors assess the inflation and the global economic outlook.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan closed 2.64% higher at 26,427.65, with shares of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group jumping more than 12% despite reporting Thursday a record loss at its Vision Fund investment unit. The Topix index climbed 1.91% to 1,864.20.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index jumped 2.68% to finish the trading day at 19,898.77. Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher, with the Shanghai Composite up 0.96% to 3,084.28 while the Shenzhen Component gained 0.585% to 11,159.79.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.95%.
Concerns over inflation and the economic outlook have weighed on global investor sentiment in recent days, with riskier assets such as tech stocks and cryptocurrencies taking a hit.
JPMorgan Private Bank's Alex Wolf told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Friday that the firm is "fairly cautious" on Asia stocks at the moment.
"There's really nowhere to hide," said Wolf, head of investment strategy for Asia at the firm. He cited concerns such as broad growth risks creating "near-term uncertainties" for Asia, particularly the region's emerging markets.
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Overnight on Wall Street, the S&P 500 declined 0.13% to 3,930.08 — more than 18% lower than its all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 103.81 points, or 0.33%, to 31,730.30. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite advanced fractionally to 11,370.96.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 104.529 after a recent climb from below 104.3.
The Japanese yen traded at 128.81 per dollar, stronger as compared with levels above 130 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar was at $0.6898 as it continues to struggle for a bounce after slipping from above $0.70 earlier in the week.