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The Asian Pacific stocks are tuning into the trading week on a high note as U.S. investors jam out to the recent slowdown in American job growth, interpreting it as a signal that interest rates might’ve hit their highest note.

At 10:15 am AEDT (11:00 pm GMT), the S&P/ASX 200 was grooving up by 0.3%.

The S&P 500 took center stage on Friday, delivering its most robust weekly performance since November 2022. This chart-topping act came right after the latest monthly jobs report, hinting that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to raise interest rates are striking the right chords.

Joining the bandwagon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average harmonized and gained approximately 200 points or 0.7% on Friday, while the NASDAQ Composite jammed up by 1.4%. Both indices rocked their biggest weekly percentages of the year.

The October jobs report spun a slower tune in hiring last month. Employers added 150,000 jobs in October, just half of the previous month’s groove and below the experts’ beats. The unemployment rate swayed up to 3.9%, and the tempo of wage growth mellowed.

In the groove of commodity markets, Brent crude oil dropped by 2.3% to US$84.89 a barrel, while gold gleamed with a 0.4% increase, hitting US$1,992.65.

In the local bond groove, the yield on Australian Australia 2-Year government bonds was keeping it low at 4.34%, while the 10-Year yield dipped to 4.72%. U.S. Treasury notes were tuning down, with the 2-Year yield playing at 4.84% and the 10-Year yield at 4.57%.

The Australian dollar was keeping the rhythm at 65.11 US cents. Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index was seen at 105.1, tapping its toes.

In China, shares jived higher, especially in the realm of robotics companies, as the government’s guidance to spin the humanoid robots industry raised hopes of a new policy tune. However, not everyone was in sync, with bank and real estate sector stocks stepping to a different beat.

Hong Kong shares also sang the same tune, following the Wall Street rhythm overnight, with investors believing that the Fed’s rate crescendo has wrapped up. Leading this medley were healthcare and tech stocks.

In India, shares ended on a high note, grooving to positive global tunes. Investor spirits got lifted after the U.S. Federal Reserve extended its pause on interest rate hikes, hitting the final chord that the tightening cycle among global central banks might be fading out.

Over in Europe, stocks were spinning a mixed playlist, with oil shares in a funk but investors still tapping their feet to worse-than-expected U.S. non-farm payroll data.

Dow futures trade steady, Qualcomm, DoorDash gain after earnings

US stock futures were trading higher during Sunday’s evening deals after the major averages posted their best respective weeks so far this year following worse than expected nonfarm payrolls data.

By 6:45 pm ET (11:45 pm GMT) Dow Jones Futures were 0.1% higher while, S&P 500 Futures and Nasdaq 100 Futures remained flat.

Ahead in the week, investors will be watching trade balance data, wholesale inventories and trade sales, as well as preliminary Michigan consumer sentiment and expectations. Market participants will also be closely monitoring a raft of speeches by Cook, Barr, Waller, Williams, Logan, Powell, Jefferson

Among earnings, companies including Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE:UBER), UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY), Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS).

During Friday’s regular trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 222.2 points or 0.7% to 34,061.3, the S&P 500 lifted 40.6 points or 0.9% to 4,358.4 and the NASDAQ Composite gained 184.1 points or 1.4% to 13,478.3.

For the week, the Dow lifted 4.7%, the S&P 500 gained 5.3% and the NASDAQ popped 5.7%.

On the bond markets, United States 10-Year rates fell to 4.574%.

 

Source: Investing.com

Heritage Insurance Delivers Strong Financial Performance Despite Q3 2023 Losses

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRTG) showcased a resilient financial performance in their Q3 2023 earnings call on November 3, 2023, led by the company’s CFO, Kirk Lusk, and CEO, Ernie Garateix. Despite confronting significant challenges, such as wildfires in Maui and Hurricane Idalia in Florida, the company displayed a notable improvement compared to the same quarter the previous year, managing a net loss of $7.4 million, significantly down from the $48.2 million loss in the preceding year.

While experiencing a decrease in policy count by 13.6%, Heritage exhibited an 8.4% increase in premiums-in-force, reaching a total of $1.35 billion. The company’s strategic initiatives led to a substantial average premium increase of 25.5% year-over-year and a 5.1% increase quarter-over-quarter.

In Florida, Heritage strategically expanded its commercial residential premiums-in-force by 75.3%, contributing to a more diversified portfolio without any state representing more than 27% of the company’s total insured value. Notably, this diversification strategy was achieved despite substantial growth in Florida’s commercial segment.

The company also reported a 15.7% decrease in losses and loss adjustment expenses for Q3 2023, primarily attributed to reduced attritional and weather losses. Furthermore, the book value per share soared to $5.65, marking a significant 24.4% increase from Q3 2022.

Ah, Monday, the day when optimism is as fresh as the morning coffee! Investing on a Monday is like setting sail on the week’s financial seas—charting your course amid the waves of potential gains. It’s the moment when the market yawns, stretches, and begins its weekly marathon, offering you a front-row seat to the spectacle of opportunities. So, grab your financial compass, pack your confidence alongside your lunch, and let’s embark on this thrilling journey to turn those Monday blues into vibrant hues of green in the portfolio!