By Gina Lee
Investing.com – Asian stock markets were up on Tuesday with modest gains despite the economic uncertainty unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan’s rose 1.89% by 10:23 PM ET (3:23 AM GMT). Conglomerate Softbank Group (T:) saw its shares gain 2.95% as they rallied from an earlier drop of more than 3% the day before. The company announced that its Vision Fund expected to see a loss of JPY 1.8 trillion ($16.69 billion) for the 2019 fiscal year due to a “deteriorating market environment.”
China’s was up 0.57% while the was up 0.93%. with Chinese trade data for March set to be released later in the day.
Investors will be taking a close look at the data as Wuhan lifted its three-month lockdown in the previous week.
South Korea’s gained 1.6% as the country prepares to vote for its National Assembly representatives on Wednesday.
The rose 0.49% and Hong Kong’s was up by 0.4% as investors resumed work from the four-day Easter weekend.
But some investors are skeptical as companies enter into a difficult earnings seasons and governments assess the pandemic’s economic damage as the search for a cure continues.
“Companies, analysts, traders, investors and strategists to some extent are ‘flying into earnings season without instruments,’” John Stoltzfus, chief investment strategist at Oppenheimer & Co., told Bloomberg. “The unprecedented nature of the economic shutdown, social distancing and sheltering in place ordered by officials provides an overhang of uncertainty.”
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