Asian stocks rebounded sharply on Thursday after weeks of uncertainty as Wall Street helped sooth investors’ edgy nerves. Global markets showed signs of regaining their footing after an extended rout fueled by growth concerns.
All of this would not have been possible if a key Federal Reserve official had not hinted that, considering the recent market turmoil, a September rate increase by the US had become less likely.
China’s manufacturing industry weakened for a fifth straight month, according to a preliminary measure for March released Monday, deepening concern the nation will miss its 7.5% growth target this year.
The Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics dropped to 48.1, compared with the 48.7 median estimate of 22 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News and February’s final 48.5 figure. Numbers above 50 signal expansion.