Stocks are mostly higher; The Reserve Bank of Australia raises interest rates

The Reserve Bank of Australia building in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, September 6, 2021.

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Stocks in the Asia-Pacific region mostly traded higher on Tuesday as the Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates again.

Mainland China Shanghai boat Added 1.36% to 3243.56 and Shenzhen Component It was 1.037% higher at 11799.81 after that Officials pointed to more economic support.

Japan Nikkei 225 Almost settled at 27626.51, Topix fell 0.11% at 1,926.58. The Japanese Yen It weakened sharply and hit a 24-year high. It was last traded at 141.55 to the dollar.

The Hang Seng Index In Hong Kong, trading was flat in the last hour of trading.

The Cosby In South Korea, it rose 0.26% to 2410.02 and the KOSDAQ index rose 1.04% to 779.46.

in Australia , S & P / ASX 200 It pared gains to close 0.38% lower at 6826.50.

The Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates by half a point to 2.35%, as expected by analysts polled by Reuters. The Australian dollar It weakened and was last traded at $0.6779 after the move.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was roughly flat.

On Monday, the People’s Bank of China announced that it would lower the foreign exchange reserve requirement ratio, or the amount of foreign exchange reserves that financial institutions must hold, to improve financial institutions’ ability to use foreign exchange funds.

As of September 15, the reserve ratio will drop to 6% from 8%.

“This cut should help increase foreign exchange liquidity and thus reduce the depreciation pressure of the Chinese yuan. While the actual impact on foreign exchange liquidity is minimal… this cut is a strong policy signal that the PBoC is not comfortable with the rapid devaluation of the currency.” Analysts at Goldman Sachs Economics Research Books in a note late Monday.

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On Tuesday, the People’s Bank of China set the midpoint of the yuan against the dollar at 6.9096, the weakest point since August 25, 2020, according to wind information.

US markets were closed overnight for a holiday.

in the oil markets, American crude Extended gains from the previous cycle, While Brent crude Fell slightly.

CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng contributed to the report.

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