Asian stocks steady, dollar firm after upbeat U.S. job data
Asian stocks hovered near four-month highs on Monday after a mixed performance on Wall Street at the close of last week, while the dollar firmed against the yen following strong U.S. employment and manufacturing data.
- Hang Seng up 0.2 percent.
- U.S. S&P 500 e-mini futures.
- The Dow nudged up 0.26 percent.
- The Nasdaq shed 0.25 percent.
- The Dow slipped 0.06 percent.
- The euro was slightly lower at $1.1442.
- The Australian dollar dropped 0.2 percent to $0.7230.
- The greenback was slipped about 0.3 percent to a two-week low of 108.695 yen.
- The pound was a shade higher at $1.3127.
- Spot gold, fell nearly half a percent to $1,312.60.
- West Texas Intermediate (WTI) U.S. crude oil futures gave up some of last week’s gains and were last down 8 cents, or 0.1 percent, at $55.19 a barrel.
- WTI futures had rallied 2.7 percent on the upbeat U.S. job report.
- 10-year U.S. Treasury yield was at 2.695 percent.