Marts steady


    Asian markets looked set for a modestly firmer start on Tuesday as global markets faced another chaotic week, with retail investors expanding their duel with Wall Street into commodities and driving up the price of silver.

    In early Asian trade, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 benchmark was up 0.81 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI up 0.79 percent, adding to a rally in the previous session. Japan’s Nikkei futures rose 0.6 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures eased 0.1 percent.

    E-mini futures for the S&P 500 inched 0.07 percent higher in early trading.

    Institutional investors are still digesting the retail trading frenzy that has boosted GameStop Corp and other so called meme stocks in recent sessions against their financial fundamentals.

    On Monday, amateur investors who have been organizing on social media sites like Reddit and Twitter, set their sights on silver, driving up mining stocks around the world and sending precious metals dealers scrambling for bars and coins to meet demand.

    Silver prices rose 6.3 percent after reaching an eight-year peak during Monday trading, while spot gold rose 0.8 percent to $1,860.93 per ounce. US gold futures settled up 0.7 percent at $1,863.90.

    US stocks also rallied after last week’s selloff fueled by gains in technology and mining companies.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 229.29 points, or 0.76 percent, to 30,211.91, the S&P 500 gained 59.62 points, or 1.61 percent, to 3,773.86 and the Nasdaq Composite added 332.70 points, or 2.55 percent, to 13,403.39.