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21 Dec 2021

Omicron Threat Persists Even as Asian Stocks Make Slight Recovery

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Asian shares soared on Tuesday despite Beijing’s decision to fund aggrieved Chinese real estate companies. Despite that, the Omicron variant continues to pose a major threat to the market, much to the consternation of investors.

U.S. stocks suffered a 1% drop owing to increasing COVID-19 cases and the blow sustained by Biden’s $1.5 trillion tax-and-spending bill.

MSCI’s index indicated a rise of 0.4% among Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan. After suffering two consecutive drops, Japan’s Nikkei experienced a 2% increase, most notably by Tokyo Electron and Advantest. The Shanghai Composite Index surged by 0.67% while the CSI300 index increased by 0.45%.

However, according to economists at CBA, "COVID remains a threat to the global economy. Initial evidence suggests the Omicron variant is more transmissible but results in less severe illness compared to previous variants."

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