Kontakperkasa Futures – Asian stocks climbed, while the dollar regained some momentum on signs U.S. inflation is perking up. Gold was near a more than two-week high and bonds advanced.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index added 0.2 percent by 9:56 a.m. in Tokyo, rising for the sixth time in seven days as Japan’s Topix index also climbed 0.2 percent. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures were little changed after a second day of declines in the U.S. gauge. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was up 0.1 percent as the greenback held its rebound against the euro and gained 0.2 percent versus New Zealand’s currency. Gold held its five-day rally and Australian debt climbed. U.S. oil was at $47.56 a barrel before an update on U.S. crude supplies.
The cost of living in the U.S. climbed 0.2 percent in February from the previous month as fuel costs stabilized. The data came almost a week after the Federal Reserve said it’s looking for inflation to accelerate as officials weigh the timing of their first interest-rate increase since 2006. Australia’s central bank issues its financial stability report Wednesday, and Germany’s Ifo Institute business climate index is due. Data on durable goods orders is scheduled in the U.S.
“Traders love a good pullback and as soon as the dollar looks like it’s setting up to resume its bullish trend currency traders will flood the market with trades,” Scott Schuberg, chief executive officer of Rivkin Securities Ltd. in Sydney, said in an e-mail. “We could see continued volatility in foreign-exchange markets.”
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against 10 major peers, rose for a second day after sliding 2.2 percent last week as the Fed indicated it will raise rates at a slower pace than previously estimated.