* Dollar index near 13-1/2 mth high after upbeat US data
* MSCI Asia Pacific index dips 0.5 pct, Nikkei up 1 pct
* Yen, euro near multi-month lows vs dollar
* Crude oil little changed amid OPEC meeting uncertainty
By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO, Nov 24 Most Asian stock markets fell on
Thursday as upbeat economic data strengthened the prospect for
higher U.S. interest rates, while the dollar's bull run
continued as U.S. bond yields hovered near multi-year highs.
Japanese stocks swam against the tide and rose to a near
11-month high as the yen weakened and after Wall Street shares
closed at record highs overnight.
The dollar index against major currencies rose nearly 0.2
percent to 101.84, not far from 101.91 touched overnight,
its highest since March 2003.
The greenback drew support from a further rise in U.S.
The two-year yield hit its highest levels since
April 2010 on Wednesday as the market continued to bet that the
Trump administration will increase debt-funded spending and spur
higher growth and inflation.
Such a view - which has also lifted expectations for more
interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve next year - was
reinforced on Wednesday by data that showed new orders of U.S.
manufactured capital goods rebounded in October. Consumer
sentiment also jumped in November in the wake of Trump's
"It (the U.S. dollar) is a freight train that seems over
limit at the moment, but it may have a long way to go before
what looks and feels like a structural adjustment settles down,"
said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at CFD and FX
The dollar was up 0.2 percent at 112.740 yen after
touching an eight-month high of 112.980 overnight. It has gained
roughly seven big figures against its Japanese counterpart since
Trump's victory earlier this month.
The euro was down 0.2 percent at $1.0530 after
touching $1.0526 overnight, its lowest since Dec. 4, 2015. The
common currency has dropped nearly 4 percent so far in November.
The firm dollar kept most emerging market currencies on the
ropes, with China's yuan nearing the 7 per dollar level for the
first time since May 2008.
In equities, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares
outside Japan pulled back from a 12-day high
scaled the previous day to lose 0.5 percent, facing the prospect
of higher U.S. interest rates diverting money from emerging
markets. It has lost 3.5 percent this month.
Australian shares shed 0.1 percent and South Korea's
Kospi fell 0.5 percent. Shanghai was up 0.1
percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.5 percent.
Japan's Nikkei was up 1 percent, touching its
highest level since early January.
"If you want to hedge or profit from a 'make America normal
again' trade, the best way is through the Japanese equity
market, and specifically the banks," wrote Chris Weston, chief
market strategist at IG in Melbourne.
Shares of Japan's banks, along with some of their global
peers, have climbed following Trump's win, buoyed by the rise in
yields and prospects of improved business opportunities under
the next U.S. administration.
Equities in emerging and developed economies have headed in
different directions since Trump's win.
Higher U.S. yields have pulled those of other developed
economies from rock-bottom levels, with investor money now
expected to flow back from emerging markets which had offered
relatively higher rates.
The Dow marked a record closing high overnight while
Germany's DAX has gained nearly 2 percent since the
victory by the Republican candidate. On the other hand, MSCI's
emerging markets index has fallen 5.8 percent this
Continuing to feel the tug of higher U.S. yields, Japan's
30-year bond yield rose to an eight-month peak of
0.640 percent. The German 10-year bund yielded
around 2.6 percent on Wednesday, having climbed from a record
low of minus 0.2 percent struck in July.
Oil prices were little changed amid uncertainty ahead of a
planned OPEC-led crude production cut at a meeting on Nov. 30.
U.S. crude was up 1 cent at $47.97 a barrel and Brent
was down 2 cents at $48.93.
(Additional reporting by Cecile Lefort in Sydney; Editing by
Eric Meijer and Kim Coghill)