Shares trade on a mixed basis; the dollar index crosses 110

Nuclear power can help Japan become energy self-sufficient, minister says

Reactivating nuclear power plants in Japan will enable the country to be self-sufficient and ensure energy security, said Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura.

“If Japan reactivates a nuclear power plant, it will produce one million tons of energy, which allows Japan to have secure energy and potentially be self-sufficient,” Nishimura said at the G-ministers’ meeting. 20 in Indonesia on Saturday.

Japan currently imports around 94% of its energy supply.

“I believe nuclear energy is important as we work towards carbon neutrality while ensuring energy security. We are moving in the direction of planning to increase the global level of reliance on nuclear energy,” he said. he declared.

The minister added that Japan had secured 10 plants for reactivation and was working to reactivate seven more from next year. The minister stressed the importance of safety while acknowledging the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011.

— Lee Ying Shan

Singapore and Thailand will be hit first by US recession, economists warn

Singapore and Thailand are likely to be hit harder by a U.S. recession than the rest of the region, economists told CNBC.

Maybank’s senior economist Chua Hak Bin said Singapore’s reliance on exports and its small open economy played an important role.

Thailand’s tourism sector will also be one of the first to be hit if the United States falls into a recession, Chua said, adding that another “wild card” would be when China reopens its borders.

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— Charmaine Jacob

Dollar index marks 110, hits highest level since 2002

The U.S. dollar index hit 110.086 in Asian morning trade, hitting a new two-decade high.

The Japanese yen weakened further to 140.3 after hitting a 24-year low last week. The Korean won was at 1,370.87 against the greenback, a level not seen since April 2009.

CanSino Biologics surges after inhaled vaccine gains emergency use approval in China

CanSino Biologics rose 14.5% after its inhaled Covid vaccine received emergency use approval in China over the weekend.

The company announced approval from China’s drug regulator to use its newly developed inhaled vaccine as a booster dose.

in its latest earnings release, reported a 69.45% decline in revenue in the first half of this year compared to the same period a year ago, as demand for Covid vaccines declined at the global scale.

CanSino shares rose 4.7% after paring some gains.

—Jihye Lee

Japanese service sector activity drops for first time since March

The Jibun Bank Japan Services Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 49.5 seasonally adjusted in August from 50.3 in July.

The marginal decline marks the first contraction in service sector business activity since March, S&P said in the report, citing the country’s recent spike in Covid cases.

“As Japan now faces its seventh and most severe pandemic wave, severe cost pressures and a deteriorating global economic outlook, the Japanese private sector is likely to remain under pressure in the months ahead. “said Annabel Fiddes, associate director of economics at S&P. Global market intelligence.

—Jihye Lee

Caixin services PMI shows Chinese services activity increased in August

China’s Caixin Services Purchasing Managers’ Index for August came in at 55.0, down from 55.5 in July.

The official non-manufacturing PMI for August is 52.6.

PMI readings are sequential and represent month-on-month expansion or contraction, where the 50 point mark means there is no change from the previous month.

—Abigail Ng

CNBC Pro: This tech stock is up nearly 20% in the past year — and a pro says it still has a ways to go

Tech stocks have had a tough year so far, with some of the biggest names in the red.

But one cybersecurity firm stood out for its relative resilience, and market veteran Nancy Tengler thinks the action is just beginning.

Tengler, who is CEO and chief investment officer of Laffer Tengler Investments, said his optimism about the company could be construed as “controversial” but argued it was actually a safer bet in the tech space.

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—Katrina Bishop

Australia’s business activity grows at slowest pace in seven months

The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Australia Services PMI business activity index came in at 50.2 in August, below July’s 50.9, marking the slowest growth rate in seven months.

The S&P Global report noted that aggregate demand rose only slightly in August.

“The slow expansion of business activity in August was a sign that inflationary pressures and recent interest rate hikes were weighing on sales,” Laura Denman, economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said in a press release. .

Although inflationary pressures have eased from record highs earlier this year, overall business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2020, the report said.

—Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: Mohamed El-Erian reveals where to invest right now

Allianz's El-Erian: sovereign bond valuations

As stock and bond valuations fall simultaneously, investors should look to exit “distorted markets”, according to Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz.

“There was a time when all asset prices went up – stocks and bonds – and we forgot about correlations. Why worry about correlations when you get paid to hold both risk assets and risk mitigating assets? It’s a wonderful world,” he said. CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick on Friday.

“But the first half taught us, and what we have learned since mid-August, [is] that they can both fall at the same time.”

Investors looking for alternatives have several options, El-Erian says.

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—Elliot Smith and Katrina Bishop

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