Asia-Pacific markets open lower ahead of Fed Beige Book release

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Oil prices fall on expectations of further rate hikes and lower demand growth

Oil prices fell on Wednesday following more Covid curbs in China and expectations of more interest rate hikes globally.

The U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures fell 1.45% to stand at $85.62 per barrel, while Brent crude futures slid 1.14% to $91.77 per barrel, erasing earlier gains following the latest OPEC+ meeting and its decision to pare output.

A Reuters forecast expects WTI to extend its downtrend to reach $83.17 per barrel.

—Lee Ying Shan

CNBC Pro: Russia-Europe tensions could spur a ‘bullish shock’ to oil markets

Oil and gas stocks are set to get a boost from heightened tensions surrounding Russian gas supplies to Europe, according to one analyst.

Kenny Polcari, chief market strategist at SlateStone Wealth, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” that investors should zoom in on big U.S. energy names which are also good dividend payers.

One stock he named is up 125% this year, and he says there’s more “room to run.”

Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Weizhen Tan

Australia’s economy grows 0.9% in second quarter

Australia’s real GDP grew 0.9% in the second quarter after rising 0.7% in the previous period, official data showed.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said the continued growth was backed by the first full quarter of reopened borders.

The data also showed the Australian economy grew 3.6% over the past year. The ABS said strong domestic demand as well as an increase in travel supported overall growth.

— Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: This chip stock has convincingly beaten its peers this year – and analysts think it can go higher

After years of market beating returns, semiconductor stocks have sold off heavily this year. But one stock has emerged relatively unscathed from the market carnage. Not only has it outperformed its peers, it has beaten the S&P 500 by a country mile.

And analysts think the stock can still go higher.

Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Zavier Ong

US Treasury yields hit highest levels since mid-June

A bond selloff has boosted U.S. Treasury yields to their highest levels since mid-June as investors weigh what strong economic data means for the Federal Reserve’s future rate hikes.

The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield rose as much as 3.353%, the highest level since June 16, when the yield hit 3.495%. Yields are inverse to prices.

The yield on the U.S. 30-year Treasury hit a high of 3.484% and the U.S. 5-year Treasury yield hit 3.334%, also both the top levels seen since mid-June.

The 2-year yield also rose to a daily high of 3.535%, but it is only the highest yield for the note since Friday.

– Carmen Reinicke

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