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U.S. stock indices today started the first trading session of the new year in a positive mood, but the trend quickly turned negative. Last year was the worst for the U.S. stock market since 2008 with the S&P 500 losing 19.4%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average 8.8%, and the Nasdaq Composite hi-tech index plummeting 33.1%. U.S. stock market indices remain highly uncertain, which could cause increased volatility soon.

U.S. stock market indices-what’s going on?

“The calendar year may change, but the themes remain the same,” notes Richard Hunter of Interactive Investor, quoted by MarketWatch. – Fears of a recession, bolstered by high inflation and rising interest rates, will be back on the agenda.”

Earlier, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the recession could affect a third of the world economy in 2023.

This year will be tougher on the world economy than the one we left behind, she warned. “Why? Because the three major economies — the U.S., the European Union and China — are slowing down at the same time,” the IMF chief told CBS. — We expect one-third of the world’s economy to be in recession.”

The rise in the U.S. dollar, a common reaction to fears of a global economic slowdown, will have a negative impact on the earnings of U.S. companies that operate in other countries as well.

Yet Evercore ISI analyst Julian Emanuel says such fears don’t necessarily mean the stock market won’t be able to rise. “There is a long history of periods of simultaneously falling earnings and rising stock prices,” he said.

The U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) declined to 46.2 points in December from 47.7 points a month earlier, according to final data from S&P Global, which calculates the index. This is the lowest level since May 2020.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.15 percent to 33101.76 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was down 0.05% to 3,837.01 points at the time. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 0.2% at 10,445.71 points since the market opened.

Earlier, we reported that the South Korean stock index is falling.

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Goldman Sachs to start trading Japan power futures

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Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) plans to establish a desk in Tokyo to start trading Japanese power derivatives, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

More foreign energy companies and banks are seeking access to the Japanese power market, which was launched in 2016 in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, spurring trade activity by generators, consumers, and distributors.

An interest in trading rose amid growing liquidity in Japan’s power futures markets as the volatility of electricity prices surged following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The power crisis heightened the need for hedging among power suppliers and buyers, according to the sources.

Goldman Sachs has hired some traders in Tokyo, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the matter is still confidential.

A spokesperson for Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

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Cathie Wood buys the dip in Coinbase shares amid SEC crackdown

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Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest increased its stake in crypto exchange Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ:COIN) on Tuesday, as a crackdown by the Securities and Exchange Commission on the crypto industry saw the stock hit near five-month lows.Data from the website Cathie’s Ark, which tracks the investment activities of the Ark group, showed that three funds under Cathie Wood bought a total of over 400,000 shares in Coinbase on Tuesday.Her flagship ARK Innovation ETF (NYSE:ARKK) carried out most of the buying, adding over 300,000 shares.This came as Coinbase’s share price plummeted as much as 20% after the SEC sued the firm over operating an unlicensed exchange, while also issuing cease and desist letters over its staking services.
“We allege that Coinbase, despite being subject to the securities laws, commingled and unlawfully offered exchange, broker-dealer, and clearinghouse functions,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler said in a press release.
Coinbase shares settled 12% lower on Tuesday, their second session of steep losses this week following a 9% tumble on Monday, after the SEC also sued world no. 1 crypto exchange Binance over similar charges.But Coinbase shares rose 2% in aftermarket trading, boosted by news of the Ark buy.Cathie Wood has repeatedly expressed confidence in Coinbase and the broader crypto industry, and has cited a $1 million long-term price target for Bitcoin on the belief that it is an effective inflation hedge.Coinbase holds the fifth-largest weightage in Ark’s flagship Innovation ETF, with the fund having consistently accumulated the stock since its listing in 2021. But Coinbase has seen a sharp decline in value from 2021 highs, hitting record lows earlier this year as interest in crypto markets rapidly dried up amid rising U.S. lending rates.The company has also struggled to remain profitable amid multiple failed ventures, regulatory hiccups, and mounting operational costs, especially as low crypto trading volumes hurt its transaction margins, which are a key source of revenue.Bitcoin prices showed little reaction to the SEC move against Coinbase, rising 4% on Wednesday. But the world’s largest cryptocurrency was nursing steep losses through May, as trading volumes sank.
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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.82%

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Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Banking, Transportation Equipment and Power sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.82%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:7012), which rose 4.35% or 146.00 points to trade at 3,500.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokuyama Corp. (TYO:4043) added 3.78% or 84.50 points to end at 2,321.00 and SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. (TYO:9412) was up 2.20% or 12.00 points to 557.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (TYO:4507), which fell 4.43% or 283.00 points to trade at 6,100.00 at the close. Daikin Industries, Ltd. (TYO:6367) declined 4.40% or 1,300.00 points to end at 28,240.00 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO:8035) was down 4.18% or 820.00 points to 18,815.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2255 to 1305 and 270 ended unchanged.

Shares in Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:7012) rose to 5-year highs; rising 4.35% or 146.00 to 3,500.00. Shares in Tokuyama Corp. (TYO:4043) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 3.78% or 84.50 to 2,321.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.03% to 21.15.

Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.84% or 0.60 to $71.14 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.79% or 0.60 to hit $75.69 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.42% or 8.30 to trade at $1,973.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.20% to 139.36, while EUR/JPY fell 0.33% to 148.83.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 104.17.

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