Pedestrians walk past a stock price indicator in Tokyo. Agence France-Presse
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept its monetary settings steady on Tuesday but added language to its policy statement that it would ease “without hesitation” if the economy loses momentum for achieving the central bank’s 2% inflation target.
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya said the central bank is ready to ramp up stimulus and will consider all policy options, including deepening negative interest rates, if the loss of economic momentum hurts its efforts to boost inflation.
Tokyo and Shanghai stocks closed higher on Friday but trade lacked direction with several major markets closed for Easter holidays. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.50 per cent, or 110.44 points, to 22,200.56, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.12 per cent, or 1.96 points, to 1,616.93.
Excluding the energy sector, GDP fell by 1.5 per cent year-on-year in the 1st quarter, against an increase of 3.6 per cent last year compared to Q1 2018.
The Board of the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE), has decided on additional measures within the Targeted Economic Support Scheme (TESS), launched initially in March 2020 to further enhance the capacity of the banking sector to support the economy.
The current developments and future prospects of the global oil markets were deliberated on Friday by the oil ministers of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Iraq.