Asia markets mostly up but caution reigns, dollar struggles

Tuesday 07 March 2017 2 months ago 32   Beijing   Print

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Report  Web desk : HONG KONG: Investors in most Asian markets built on the previous day’s advance Tuesday but with caution hanging in the air the gains were limited by concerns over Donald Trump’s lack of detail on economic policy as well as geopolitical risks. Analysts said Trump’s weekend Twitter outburst accusing his predecessor Barack Obama of tapping his phones during the election campaign had also spooked investors, while the dollar was unable to break past 114 yen despite a US interest rate hike all but certain. While Trump’s speech to Congress last week fired optimism that he would press on with a big-spending, tax-cutting programme, he has provided nothing in the way of colour since. Adding to the sense of trepidation were Trump’s claims about Obama and his call for Congress to investigate the unsubstantiated allegations, as well as the leaking of classified information linked to the tycoon’s ties with Russia. “After a spectacular performance addressing the joint sitting of Congress put the Trump presidency back on track, the weekend tweets reminded everyone that this Russian question needs to be addressed and answered,” Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at CFD and FX provider AxiTrader, said in a note. “It also reminded investors that there are distractions which could slow down the execution and implementation of the tax and infrastructure spending plans they have put so much faith in recently,” McKenna said.(01)