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Asian equities poised to rise as S&P, Dow hit record highs

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S&P/ASX 200 futures advanced 0.34%, while Hang Seng index futures added 0.40%

Asian equities are poised to rise on Tuesday after the S&P 500 and Dow indexes set records as a streak of strong U.S. economic data fuelled optimism even as a smaller-than-expected jump in 10-year Treasury notes eased inflation concerns.

Investor sentiment was buoyed by a survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) on Monday showing activity in the U.S. services industry reached its highest level on record in March. The data came after a jobs report on Friday beat forecasts with 916,000 added to the U.S. economy last month.

The jobs report set the stage for what we’re seeing today, said Thomas Hayes, chairman of Great Hill Capital LLC in New York. It’s not only that the report crushed expectations but it showed that wage inflation was subdued as people compete for labour.

Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures advanced 0.34% in early trading, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures added 0.40%.

The S&P 500 and the Dow have rallied in recent sessions as widespread vaccinations and an unprecedented government stimulus boosted investor confidence in an economic rebound and spurred demand for sectors, including energy, financials and materials, which are primed to benefit from economic reopening.

On Monday, gains were led by sectors that have underperformed recently, including communication services, consumer discretionary and technology, as the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield remained below a 14-month high hit last week.

The rate of change with the 10-year yield has slowed and that has created a runway for some of the left behind sectors in recent weeks like tech and other yield sensitive areas like utilities, Hayes said.

On Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.13% to a record high of 33,527.19, the S&P 500 rose 1.44% to a record 4,077.91 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.67%, to 13,705.59.

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