SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets turned cautious on Wednesday, paring sharp early gains as results from the U.S. Presidential election hinted at a close race with no clear winner yet in sight.
Investors had initially wagered that a possible Democratic sweep could ease political risk while promising a huge boost to fiscal stimulus, hitting safe-haven dollar and bonds.
But signs President Donald Trump might snatch Florida sobered the mood and saw 10-year Treasury yields drop to 0.89% US10YT=RR from a five-month top of 0.93%.
E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 retreated 0.2%, having earlier been up 1%. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 was still up 1% but South Korea .KS11 went flat. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS eased 0.3%.
The U.S. dollar likewise reversed early losses and gained 0.4% on a basket of currencies to 93.494 =USD. The euro eased back to $1.1707 EUR= from a top of $1.1768.
Investors are still awaiting the outcome of Federal Reserve and Bank of England meetings this week, which are expected to at least give a nod to further stimulus.
The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday cut interest rates to near zero and boosted its bond-buying program, adding to the tidal wave of cheap money flooding the global financial system.
This surfeit of liquidity has been a boon for gold, which is tightly limited in supply. The yellow metal ran into profit taking on Wednesday and dipped to $1,902 an ounce XAU=, but stayed comfortably above last week’s trough of $1,858.
Oil prices also pared their early gains as the election outcome turned murky. [O/R]
U.S. crude CLc1 were up 42 cents at $38.08, with Brent crude LCOc1 futures last at $39.71.
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