Asian stocks advance after US House votes to raise debt ceiling

Shares edged larger in Asia and futures markets tipped European shares to rally on Thursday after the US Home of Representatives voted to lift the debt ceiling, sending the invoice to the Senate the place it’s anticipated to be handed.

Hong Kong’s benchmark Cling Seng inventory index and Japan’s Topix each rose 0.8 per cent, and the CSI 300 index of Shanghai- and Shenzhen-listed shares superior 0.7 per cent.

The positive aspects in Asia-Pacific buying and selling got here after the Home voted 314-117 on Wednesday in favour of a invoice to lift the US debt ceiling. The vote was seen as the largest hurdle for the laws, which nonetheless has to move the Senate earlier than it may be signed into legislation forward of a June 5 deadline.

Futures markets tip the Euro Stoxx 50 to climb 0.7 per cent on the open, whereas the FTSE 100 is anticipated to rise 0.3 per cent. The S&P 500 is ready to open flat later within the day.

“We nonetheless need to get by way of the Senate, however I’m extra inclined to suppose that’s a rubber stamp at this level,” mentioned Stephen Innes, managing associate at SPI Asset Administration.

“The market right here is positioned very a lot in favour of this going by way of. Shares can be proportion factors decrease if buyers suspected there was any trace that this wouldn’t occur.”

Shares in Asia have been additionally bolstered by an surprising rebound in a key gauge of Chinese language manufacturing unit exercise.

The Caixin/S&P World manufacturing buying managers’ index rose to 50.9 in Could, in distinction to the official manufacturing PMI launched earlier this week, which declined to 48.8. A studying above 50 signifies growth in contrast with the earlier month, whereas one beneath 50 means a contraction.

The Caixin gauge tracks small and midsized producers, whereas the official PMI follows exercise at bigger, state-run corporations.

“The common of the 2 picked up and is according to easing downward stress in manufacturing unit exercise final month,” mentioned Julian Evans-Pritchard, head China economist at Capital Economics.

He mentioned the manufacturing uptick and up to date positive aspects for China’s providers sector steered second-quarter development “will not be as dangerous as many worry”.

In currencies, China’s renminbi was up 0.2 per cent in opposition to the greenback following the PMI studying, at Rmb7.096.

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