Stock Market Reacts to Inflation Data and SoftBank’s Sale of Alibaba Stake


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SoftBank Sells Stake, Alibaba Slides: How Inflation Data and Market News Shaped Tuesday’s Stock Market

The stock market had a slightly lower close on Tuesday, with the Dow falling by 0.2% after the release of US inflation data. The consumer price index for March rose by 0.6%, exceeding economists’ estimates and raising concerns about the potential for higher interest rates in the future.

Meanwhile, Asian stocks were mixed as traders evaluated the likelihood of the Federal Reserve’s peak interest rates. Emerging-market currencies in Asia rose in response to global peers, as some investors speculated that the Fed might only raise interest rates one more time. The Australian dollar also rallied after better-than-expected job data.

However, Hong Kong shares were dragged down by news that SoftBank Group Corp. is selling the majority of its stake in Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., causing Alibaba’s shares to slide. The Financial Times reported that SoftBank’s move could create short-term pressure for Alibaba, as its early backer is pulling out.

In addition, Sunac China Holdings Ltd. saw its shares plummet by a record when trading resumed after a yearlong halt, further affecting market sentiment. Steven Leung, an executive director at UOB Kay Hian in Hong Kong, said that despite the pressure on Alibaba’s shares, some investors might choose to buy on dips if they are optimistic about the company’s overhaul plan.

The stock market is often subject to fluctuations based on various factors, from economic data to corporate news. Traders will continue to monitor these developments and adjust their strategies accordingly. As always, it is important for investors to stay informed and to make decisions based on a thorough understanding of market trends and individual companies’ performance.

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