Hong Kong Stocks Notch 2%; China Reports Inflation Data in Line With Expectations

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The Hang Seng Index led gains in Asia-Pacific as China inflation data came in roughly in line with expectations.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index advanced more than 2%, while the Hang Seng Tech Index rose 2.45%. Mainland China's Shenzhen Component was 0.556% higher while the Shanghai Composite inched up 0.3%.

China's consumer price index rose 1.6% in November on an annualized basis, while its producer price index fell 1.3%.

Japan's Nikkei 225 closed up 1.18% at 27,901.01, while the Topix added 1.03% to stand at 1,961.56. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 inched up 0.53% to close at 7,213.2. 

The Kospi in South Korea gained 0.76% to 2,389.04, while the Kosdaq climbed 0.98%, closing at 719.49. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.32%.

Computer chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is expected to report November sales later in the day.

Overnight in the U.S., stocks rose with the S&P 500 bucking its longest stretch of losses since October as Wall Street evaluated the odds of a recession ahead.

Correction: This report was corrected to reflect that TSMC was scheduled to report November sales.

Chipmaker TSMC says November net revenue surged 50% from a year ago

Chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company reported a net revenue of 221.71 billion new Taiwan dollars (about $7.28 billion) for November. That marked an increase of 5.9% from October and a surge of 50.2% from a year ago.

TSMC shares were last trading up 2.12% before the markets closed.

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Hong Kong movers: Property, tech stocks rise on reopening optimism

Shares of Hong Kong-listed real estate and tech companies popped in Asia's session as positive sentiment persists around China's reopening.

Longfor Group jumped as much as 11.8%, Country Garden climbed 8% and Cifi Holdings was 11% higher.

Meanwhile, heavyweights Alibaba and Meituan added more than 3% and around 2% respectively.

The moves also come after state media reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China's economic growth will pick up as the country lifts Covid measures.

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There's confusion, optimism over China's shift away from zero-Covid: British Chamber of Commerce

Beijing's "U-turn" on Covid policies is leading to both confusion and optimism, said Steven Lynch, managing director at the British Chamber of Commerce in China.

"There's a lot of optimism and hope for 2023, but there is huge amounts of confusion," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia," describing the departure from strict Covid rules as happening "almost overnight."

He said there may still be "enormous inconsistencies" between local policies and the central government's rules, and people remain concerned about falling sick.

"One thing is very clear Covid is now here. Covid is pretty rife here in Beijing. And I think that brings a whole new set of challenges to what's going to face China," he said.

— Abigail Ng

Credit Suisse says inflation is still not a problem in China

China's inflation is likely to stay below 3% in the next 12 to 18 months, and the central bank is comfortable with this range, according to Jack Siu, Greater China chief investment officer at Credit Suisse.

"We don't think CPI is an issue in China, in fact, it's going to be remaining steady within this range of 1% to 3% in the foreseeable future," he told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia." Inflation soared in many economies, but consumer prices in China remained moderate due to weak demand.

But China is likely to see "a resurgence in consumer activity" in the coming six months as people get used to living with the virus after some back and forth in the reopening of the economy, Siu said.

"In the second quarter, we expect the GDP to rally to 6.1% — partly it's base effects, partly because people are living more normally," he said.

— Abigail Ng

China's producer prices fell in November, while consumer prices rose

China's producer price index fell 1.3% in November compared to a year ago, extending its decline after shedding 1.3% in October, and slightly beating estimates for a 1.4% contraction in a Reuters poll.

The nation's consumer price index rose 1.6% in November on an annualized basis, in line with expectations and easing from October's reading of 2.1%.

The onshore and offshore Chinese yuan strengthened, and were around 6.94 per dollar shortly after the economic data releases.

— Lee Ying Shan

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— Ganesh Rao

South Korea posts smaller current account surplus for October

South Korea registered a current account surplus of $880 million in October, a decline from September's $1.6 billion.

Direct investment assets in South Korea increased by $2.75 billion, compared to $4.74 billion a month ago. Direct investment liabilities increased from $430 million to $810 million.

South Korea has been posting a current account surplus for the year, except for the months of July and August. A current account surplus indicates that a country sells more to the world than it buys from outside its borders.

— Lee Ying Shan

Stocks finish higher, S&P 500 breaks 5-day losing streak

Stocks closed higher, with the S&P 500 snapping its longest losing streak since October.

The S&P added 0.75% to finish at 3,963.51. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 183.56 points, or 0.55%, to settle at 33,781.48, while the Nasdaq Composite rallied 1.13% to end at 11,082.00.

— Samantha Subin

Interest on 30-year fixed rate mortgages falls

The cost of financing a home has ticked lower for a fourth consecutive week, according to Freddie Mac.

The weekly average rate on a 30-year mortgage is now 6.33%, down from 6.49% last week. Over the past month, the interest rate on these loans has come down about 75 basis points: On Nov. 10, the average rate on a fixed 30-year mortgage was 7.08%.

Even with the decline in the short term, the cost of financing a home loan is up significantly from a year ago. Last year at this time, the rate on a 30-year mortgage averaged 3.1%.

Despite the decline in rates, demand for home loans continues to decline. Mortgage application volume slid 1.9% last week, compared to the week before that, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Darla Mercado, Diana Olick

Part of the yield curve is now most inverted since 2001

The inversion of the 3-month and 10-year Treasury yield curve is now the deepest since January 2001 at nearly 90 basis points, according to CNBC data. The short end of the curve soared to 4.30% from just 0.05% at the beginning of the year as traders priced in higher interest rates.

The yield curve inverts when shorter-term Treasury rates rise above longer-term yields. Many economists view the 2-year 10-year part of the yield curve as more predictive of a potential recession.

Cathie Wood pointed to that part of the yield curve, which is the most inverted since the early 1980s. The popular investor said the bond market is signaling that the Federal Reserve is making a "serious mistake" with its jumbo rate hikes.

— Yun Li

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