Asia-Pacific markets trade lower; China keeps LPR steady

China keeps prime lending rates unchanged as expected

China left its benchmark lending rate unchanged for a third consecutive month, according to an announcement from the People’s Bank of China.

The one-year loan prime rate is stable at 3.65% and the five-year rate is also suspended at 4.3%, the notice said.

—Abigail Ng

South Korea saw its exports fall further in the first 20 days of November

According Data from the customs agency.

The fall in exports is a steep decline from the 5.5% plunge seen in October from the same period a year ago.

Imports also fell 5.5% in the first 20 days of November, leading to a slight improvement in the trade deficit — $4.4 billion for the period, compared to a deficit of $4.9 billion. dollars recorded in October.

The country has recorded a total of $40 billion in trade deficit since the start of the year, according to statistics from the agency.

—Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson Predicts S&P 500 Bottom, Calls It ‘Tremendous Buying Opportunity’

Morgan Stanley’s chief U.S. equity strategist, Mike Wilson, says we are in the “final stages” of the bear market, but the situation will remain difficult for some time to come.

It predicts when – and at what level – the S&P 500 will reach a “new low”.

CNBC Pro subscribers can learn more here.

—Weizhen Tan

China expected to keep benchmark lending rates steady, Reuters poll shows

China’s central bank is expected to maintain its prime rates on one-year and five-year loans, according to analysts polled by Reuters.

The one-year rate is currently 3.65% and the five-year LPR is 4.3%.

The People’s Bank of China last cut both rates in August.

China offshore yuan was lower at 7.1376 against the US dollar ahead of Monday morning’s move.

—Abigail Ng

CNBC Pro: Strategist Says Chinese Tech Stocks Like Alibaba Are “Deeply Undervalued”

The 30% decline in the value of Chinese big tech stocks, such as Ali Babamade them “incredibly cheap”, according to investment bank China Renaissance.

Its head of equities, Andrew Maynard, believes not only that the stock market appears to have bottomed, but also that investors could miss a rally if they remain underweight China.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, being underweight in China is going to cost you dearly in the future,” Maynard said.

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—Ganesh Rao

Markets are looking for more clues on Fed hikes and the economy in the week ahead

Investors could be a little more cautious in the coming week as stocks look to head into calm trading and the bond market warnings about the recession grow louder.

The Thanksgiving holiday Thursday should mean markets are likely to be quiet Wednesday and Friday. Merchants will monitor Black Friday holiday shopping reports for consumer feedback.

“This really is a week where data addiction is the key word,” said Julian Emanuel, senior managing director of Evercore ISI. “The bias [for stocks] is higher unless the data continues to deteriorate and the Fed remains on its hawkish bias…which has clearly strengthened over the past 48 hours.”

Check out our full in-depth dive on what to expect in the week ahead here.

—Patti Domm, Tanaya Macheel

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