Asian markets rise as China’s factory activity contracts for fourth straight month

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China’s factory activity contracts for fourth consecutive month

China’s factory activity remained in contraction territory for the fourth straight month, with the purchasing managers’ index coming in at 49.3, compared with the 49.2 expected by economists polled by Reuters.

According to the country’s national statistics agency, the PMI level is also higher than the 49.0 recorded in June.

The July non-manufacturing PMI came in at 51.3, compared to June’s figure of 53.2.

— Lim Hui Jie

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Japan’s industrial production in June lower than expected

Japan’s industrial production rose 2% in June from the previous month, lower than the 2.4% economists had expected, according to Reuters.

The preliminary report also showed that industrial production fell 0.4% on an annual basis, a sharp reversal from the 3.1% increase in May.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and said industry that the production of motor vehicles, electronic parts and appliances, and machinery mainly contributed to the increase in June.

— Lim Hui Jie

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CNBC Pro: China’s electric car game amps up. A share has doubled this year

Just as Chinese electric car companies may need cash, foreign automakers need the market — not just in China, but globally.

Xpeng’s cash holdings have almost halved in the first quarter from the end of 2022, and its shipments have stagnated at several thousand per month.

Volkswagen isn’t doing much better in China’s EV market, averaging just over 10,000 vehicles delivered each month in the first half of the year. But the German carmaker has far more money.

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— Evelyn Cheng

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CNBC Pro: Analysts are loving these cheaper stocks from the U.S. and beyond – providing nearly 100% upside

The market rally has been strong this year, but there are still some relatively cheap stocks.

CNBC Pro screened for stocks that are cheaper than those in the broader S&P 500 and MSCI World indexes, with at least 20% upside.

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— Weizhen Tan

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CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley’s Slimmon names top tech picks to buy after earnings season

Shares are flying high this year. The Nasdaq is up 35% and the S&P 500 isn’t far behind despite a relentless Fed rate hike.

But according to Andrew Slimmon, a lead senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, there’s every reason to be a “little cautious” coming out of the busiest week in terms of earnings.

Slimmon also shared some of the technical picks to buy after earnings season.

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– Ganesh Rao

Fri, Jul 28, 2023 11:56 am EDT

Technology shares rise, Nasdaq lifts

Technology stocks rose on Friday, boosting the Nasdaq Composite by more than 2% Friday midday.

Big winners included tech giants and semiconductor stocks. Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix rose about 3% each, while Meta Platforms rose more than 4%, bringing its weekly gains to nearly 11%. Nvidia added 2%, while Applied Materials and KLA Corp gained more than 4% each. Tesla rose 4 percent.

Lucid Group rose nearly 8%, while Intel rose nearly 7% on better-than-expected earnings and a return to profitability. Other winners included Chinese tech stocks and PDD, which are up 5% and 7% respectively.

—Samantha Subin

Fri, Jul 28, 2023 10:22 AM EDT

The communications services sector outperforms the S&P 500

Communications services outperformed the S&P 500 on Friday. The sector was higher by 1.8 per cent.

Big advances included Meta Platforms, which rose more than 2.8%. Warner Bros. Discovery rose 2.5 per cent. Alphabet added 2.4 per cent.

—Sarah Min

Fri, Jul 28, 2023 9:40 AM EDT

The employment cost index rose less than expected in the second quarter

The employment cost index, a measure the Federal Reserve views as an important indicator of underlying inflation, rose less than expected in the second quarter.

The index rose 1% for the three-month period ending in June, slightly below the 1.1% estimate. This is stated by the Ministry of Labour Friday.

On a year-over-year basis, compensation costs rose 4.5%, slightly ahead of the 4.1% increase in core inflation as reported Friday by the Commerce Department. The annual ECI level was below 5.1% from the previous year.

-Jeff Cox

Fri, Jul 28, 2023 8:52 AM EDT

Central Fed inflation falls to lowest annual rate in nearly 2 years

Inflation showed further signs of cooling in June, according to a gauge released Friday that the Federal Reserve watches closely.

The price index for personal consumption expenditure excl. food and energy rose just 0.2% from the previous month, in line with the Dow Jones estimate, the Commerce Department said.

So-called core PCE rose 4.1% from a year ago, compared to estimates for 4.2%. The annual rate was the lowest since September 2021.

– Jeff Cox

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