Hong Kong shares are up around 3% after the city is reportedly considering easing the Covid rule

China’s National Health Commission releases guidelines for treating Covid at home

China’s health authorities on Thursday announced guidelines for treating Covid patients at home, a day after formalizing a policy that would allow most infected patients to be quarantined at home as part of the country’s lockdown measures.

The notice on the National Health Commission’s website said patients should isolate themselves in a separate room and do antigen testing themselves whenever possible.

While patients with acute symptoms should go to a hospital, the announcement included instructions for patients with milder symptoms to monitor their health at home and take medication if necessary.

The commission included a list of medicines to treat Covid symptoms.

Health authorities are scheduled to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. local time.

– Abigail Ng, Evelyn Cheng

Hong Kong considering dropping mask rules for outside: report

Fitch expects property prices in Australia and China to fall in 2023

Fitch Ratings expects house prices in Australia to see a significant fall of between 7% and 10% over the next year, according to its latest outlook report.

The agency also forecasts that house prices in China will fall by 1% to 3% next year.

“We expect prices to fall further in 2023 before bottoming out, but mortgage performance will deteriorate only slightly amid economic headwinds,” Fitch Ratings’ Tracy Wan said in the report.

However, home prices in Japan could buck the trend to rise by 2% to 4% in 2023, the report said. Australia’s prices are expected to rise in 2024.

– Jihye Lee

Japan’s economy contracted less than expected in the third quarter

Japan’s economy posted an annualized quarterly contraction of 0.8% in the third quarter, with the revised gross domestic product reading beating expectations for a 1.1% contraction by a Reuters poll.

The government’s first preliminary estimate, released in November, was for a 1.2% drop.

The nation also reported a deficit of 64.1 billion yen ($469.3 million) in its unadjusted current account, government data showed. The reading fell well short of estimates for a surplus of 623.4 billion yen in a separate Reuters poll.

– Jihye Lee

Australia’s trade surplus larger than expected in October

Australia’s trade surplus was A$12.2 billion ($8.19 billion) in October, slightly larger than expected, official data showed.

Economists polled by Reuters were forecasting a print of A$12.1 billion and expecting a further drop than reported – after the economy posted a trade surplus of A$12.4 billion.

Exports fell by 0.9% and imports by 0.7%.

– Abigail Ng

Stocks usually close lower

Shares ended mostly lower on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 down 0.19% to close at 3,933.92.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed flat or 1.58 points higher to end the session at 33,597.92. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.51% to close at 10,958.55.

— Samantha Subin

CNBC Pro: Bank of America says these two global chip stocks could soar 75% in electric vehicle sales

A shortage of semiconductors during a boom in electric vehicle sales could help boost profits at a handful of chipmakers, according to Bank of America.

The Wall Street Bank predicted that two chip stocks’ share prices could rise more than 75% on this trend.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Ganesh Rao

Pending economic data could start a rally into next year, says Morgan Stanley’s Slimmon

Don’t be surprised if economic data released next week kickstarts a rally into year-end and possibly into 2023, according to Andrew Slimmon, senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

The key period of data release begins on Friday with the PPI, followed by the CPI for November and another likely Federal Reserve rate hike next week.

“The last time these came out, they all rallied stock markets because we had better inflation data,” he said.

Like many investors, Slimmon anticipates an imminent downturn given the inverted yield curve, but doesn’t anticipate the “big slump in earnings” or downturn many people are predicting for the first quarter.

This is partly because many consumers have been saving more in recent years given the recent recession’s nearness.

“The message of this year is that the economy has shown far more resilience than many people are expecting and I don’t think that’s going to be the end next quarter,” he said.

— Samantha Subin

CNBC Pro: Is Apple a stock to buy or avoid? Two investors face each other

It’s been a turbulent year for tech companies as investors flee growth stocks amid rising interest rates and other headwinds.

Apple has held up better amid the tech carnage despite some headwinds.

Two investors squared off on CNBC’s Street Signs Asia on Wednesday to argue for and against buying the stock.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Wheat Tan

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