In the realm of financial markets, South Korea’s stocks experienced a remarkable upsurge on Monday. This rally was triggered by the reinstatement of a prohibition on short-selling within the country. Concurrently, numerous Asia-Pacific markets found solace in a subdued U.S. employment report, a development that tempered expectations of interest rate adjustments.

South Korea’s financial authorities, in a noteworthy move, announced the prohibition of short-selling activities until the culmination of June 2024. For clarity, short-selling involves the act of a trader selling borrowed shares, with the intention of repurchasing them at a diminished price point, thereby securing the price differential as profit.

The U.S. nonfarm payrolls for October witnessed an increment of 150,000, a figure slightly beneath the consensus forecast of 170,000 from Dow Jones. This modest outcome has alleviated concerns pertaining to the Federal Reserve’s pursuit of a sustained interest rate increment.

In Japan, business activity exhibited growth in the month of October, albeit at its most subdued pace throughout the year, as indicated by a private survey.

South Korea’s Kospi index displayed remarkable vigor, registering a notable gain of 3.99%, while the Kosdaq index surged by an impressive 6.56%.

Following a prolonged weekend hiatus, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index recorded a commendable ascent of 2.32%, and the Topix index bolstered its position by an admirable 1.70%, reaching its highest level in over a month.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index experienced an upswing of 1.79%, while Mainland China’s CSI 300 index achieved a commendable increase of 1.33%.

Meanwhile, in the Australian market, the S&P/ASX 200 index closed with a modest uptick of 0.28%, concluding the session at 6,997.40 points.

On the western front, U.S. equities marked the close of the week on a positive note, fueled by the influence of a tepid jobs report. This report, in turn, exerted downward pressure on bond yields, resulting in the best weekly performance observed thus far in 2023 across major indices.

The S&P 500 index ascended by 0.94% and marked its inaugural five-day consecutive advance since the month of June. Simultaneously, the Dow Jones Industrial Average showcased resilience, surging by more than 200 points, translating to a gain of 0.66%. Furthermore, the Nasdaq Composite index exhibited notable strength, surging by an impressive 1.38%.