WASHINGTON, RAW – Asian stocks are set to track Wall Street gains as bond yields pull back, easing concerns about inflation although investors are keeping an eye on rising COVID-19 cases in Europe.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures rose 0.5 per cent early, while Australian stocks were up 0.3 per cent.

In Japan, Nikkei futures were 0.8 per cent higher. E-mini futures for the S&P 500 gained 0.06 per cent.

Global equities gained and safe-haven assets rallied on Monday as investors balanced concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in Europe against a break in the run-up of bond yields.

Shares earlier took a hit from a surprise move by Turkey’s President to replace the central bank governor with a critic of high interest rates.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.32 per cent, the S&P 500 gained 0.70 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.23 per cent.

Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 15/32 in price to yield 1.6787 per cent, down from 1.732 per cent late on Friday.

“US risk assets were aided by a dip in Treasury yields to start the week. Movements in yields will continue to be closely watched this week amid a series of US Treasury auctions and testimony by Treasury Secretary Yellen and Fed Chair Powell,” ANZ Research said in a daily note.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing on Tuesday the US recovery had progressed “more quickly than generally expected and looks to be strengthening”.

Powell and other Fed officials were expected to make more statements later this week.

Crude oil prices steadied after a sell-off, even as new European lockdowns damped hopes of a quick recovery.

Elsewhere in commodities, aluminum prices hit their highest since June 2018 as investors worried Chinese efforts to reduce smelter pollution would curb output.