Japan travel stocks rise following report on easing of rules

North Asian refiners will receive a full allocation of Saudi crude in October, Reuters reports

At least three refiners in North Asia have been told by Saudi Aramco that they will receive full contract volumes of crude in October, Reuters reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

In its first cut in four months, Saudi Arabia slashed official selling prices to Asian buyers for the month.

Crude Brent futures fell 1.50% to $91.45 a barrel, while United States West Texas Intermediate fell 1.60% to $85.40 a barrel.

— Lee Ying Shan

Japan travel stocks jump on reports of group travel rule scrapped

US to expand restrictions on chip and tool exports to China, Reuters reports

The U.S. Department of Commerce plans to issue new regulations relating to restricting exports of chipmaking equipment to Chinese factories that produce advanced semiconductors, Reuters reportedciting people familiar with the matter.

The rules will be based on letters sent to KLA, Search Lam and Applied materials earlier this year when they were told that government-issued licenses would be needed to sell such equipment to buyers who manufacture chips with sub-14 nanometer processes.

The new regulations would likely include additional actions against China, sources told Reuters, adding that they could be amended and released later than expected.

—Jihye Lee

Economic council lowers growth forecast for New Zealand

The economists of New Zealand Institute of Economic Research downgraded the country’s growth outlook, citing continued high inflation and high interest rates.

They now expect annual gross domestic product for 2022-23 to grow 2.5%, down from their previous forecast of 2.9%.

GDP for 2023-24 is now expected to grow by 1%, a sharp drop from its previous forecast of a 1.9% increase released in June, while the 2024-25 forecast has been revised to 1.5% against 2.1%.

—Jihye Lee

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Yen intervention unlikely to be effective: National Australia Bank

A unilateral intervention on japanese yen government is unlikely to be effective, National Australia Bank says after officials over the weekend said the government must take measures to deal with excessive declines in the yen.

“If the [Bank of Japan] really wants to stop the decline of the JPY, so they have to make changes to their ultra-easy policy, the pressure is mounting,” he wrote in a Monday note. a currency strategist at National Australia Bank

The yen last traded at 142.55 against the dollar.

—Abigail Ng

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Oil prices fall on weaker demand outlook

Oil futures fell on demand concerns amid extended Covid measures in parts of China, alongside the potential for continued interest rate hikes around the world.

“Oil consumption is particularly sensitive to Covid lockdowns because transportation, the main use of oil, is severely constrained,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia analyst Vivek Dhar wrote in a note, adding that China accounted for up to to 16% of global oil demand last year.

— Lee Ying Shan

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