Asian stocks rise with new Russian sanctions, market volatility increases worldwide

A graphic showing the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Credit: SCB

Asia markets ticked higher at opening on Friday, encouraged by a rebound of the US stock market, after Russia was struck with a flurry of international sanctions.

US President Joe Biden has announced a new round of sanctions against Russia, crippling its ability to conduct business in major currencies.

Many indexes were in the green on Friday morning, including Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index, which opened 0.9% higher, the BBC reported.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi leaped up 1.6%, while Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.3%.

Global shares fell sharply on Thursday, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, before Biden announced the new sanctions and markets bounced back.

The Dow Jones dropped almost 2% in early trading, but a late rally saw it close 0.3% higher.

The UK’s FTSE 100 index fell 3.9% — its biggest one-day drop since June 2020 — while Germany’s Dax index dropped 4%.

Oil prices also dropped slightly after peaking past US$100 a barrel — the highest level in more than 7 years.

Russia is the world’s second biggest exporter of crude oil, following Saudi Arabia, and is the largest exporter of natural gas.

Analysts are concerned that the sanctions could restrict supplies, increasing prices globally.

Europe gets almost a third of its oil and around 40% of its gas from Russia, much of which flows through pipelines across Ukraine, according to the BBC.

China relies less heavily on Russia, importing just 14% of its oil and gas from its northern neighbour.

Deutsche Bank economists predict that Europe could fall into recession, if oil prices were to rise 50%.

Such a crisis would also effect the US and send shock waves across countries in Asia.


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Jay Shine

A longtime expat in Asia with a degree in journalism and creative writing. Highlights include writing for Condé Nast Traveller and Apple Music. In his spare time, Jay enjoys writing poetry, brewing traditional Chinese tea and lounging with his calico soi cat, Almond.