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Asia Pacific Markets Jump Following S&P 500 Gains

Shares in Asia rose on Tuesday after the S&P 500 notched yet another record close on Wall Street overnight. Japan’s Nikkei 225 led gains among the region’s major markets as it gained 1.37% on the day to 29,069.16 while the Topix index advanced 1.37% to 2,005.02. Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 0.24% higher at 23,280.56. Hong Kong-listed Chinese tech stocks largely fell, with shares of Tencent down 2.13% while Meituan dropped 1.15%. Alibaba shares, on the other hand, gained 0.44%. The...

Asian Markets Mixed; Shenzhen Down 1.03%, Hang Seng Rises 0.13%.

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Friday as some major markets in the region, including Hong Kong and Singapore, closed early for Christmas Eve. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 0.13% on the day to close at 23,223.76. Mainland Chinese stocks, on the other hand, closed lower. The Shanghai Composite fell 0.69% to 3,618.05 while the Shenzhen component dipped 1.033% to 14,710.33. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed fractionally lower at 28,782.59 while the Topix...

Asia Stocks Mostly Rise as Investors Assess Omicron Variant Risk

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher in Wednesday trade as investors continued to assess the impact of the omicron Covid variant. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.34% as of its final hour of trading, paring earlier gains of more than 1%. Mainland Chinese stocks closed mixed, with the Shanghai composite slipping slightly to 3,622.62 and the Shenzhen component advancing 0.697% to 14,791.33. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed 0.16% higher at 28,562.21 while the Topix index climbed nearly 0.1% to 1,971.51. South...

Asian Stocks Rise, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Jumps 2%

Shares in Asia-Pacific rose on Tuesday as investors reassessed the situation surrounding the omicron Covid variant. Japanese stocks led gains regionally, with the Nikkei 225 in Japan rising 2.08% on the day to 28,517.59 while the Topix index advanced 1.47% to 1,969.79. South Korea’s Kospi climbed 0.41% to close at 2,975.03. Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher, with the Shanghai composite up 0.88% to 3,625.12 while the Shenzhen component advanced 0.822% to 14,688.98. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 1% on the day to 22,971.33. Shares...

Asian Markets Extend Decline, Japan’s Nikkei Drops 1.79%

Asia-Pacific markets traded mostly lower on Friday, following overnight losses on Wall Street, as investors assessed monetary policy decisions from two key central banks. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.79% in Asia to close at 28,545.68, while the Topix index was down 1.42% to 1,984.47. Chinese mainland shares also tumbled, with the Shanghai Composite falling 1.16% to close at 3,632.36 while the Shenzhen component shed 1.62% to 14,867.55. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index tumbled...

Asian Markets Broadly Decline; ASX 200 Subindex Plunges 1.49%

Asia-Pacific markets declined on Friday as investors assess risks associated with the new omicron Covid variant and look ahead to key inflation data in the U.S. Japan’s Nikkei 225 extended losses from the previous session and was down 0.67%. The Topix index traded 0.53% lower. In South Korea, the Kospi fell 0.61% while the Kosdaq was down 0.99%. Australian shares also traded lower. The ASX 200 fell 0.42% to 7,353.50, with the energy subindex dropping 1.49% as global oil...

Asian Markets Gain Amidst Concerns on Property Sector, Weibo Plummets 10%

Mainland Chinese markets jumped in Asia in afternoon trade on Wednesday. Troubled Chinese real estate developers are back in the spotlight, while Chinese social media giant Weibo had a disappointing market debut in Hong Kong. The Shanghai Composite climbed 1.18% to close at 3,637.57, while the Shenzhen component rose 1.82% to 14,964.46. The CSI 300 index closed 1.5% higher at 4,995.93, while the Chinext composite bounced by about 1.75% to 3,701.93. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng...

Asian Markets Mixed, Chinese Tech Stocks in Hong Kong Drop

Asia-Pacific stocks were mixed on Friday, following days of turbulent trading this week as investors continue to monitor the situation surrounding the omicron Covid variant. Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong plunged after ride-hailing giant Didi announced Friday that it will begin taking steps to delist from the New York Stock Exchange — less than six months after it made its debut stateside. The company also said in the statement that it will pursue a listing in Hong Kong. Shares...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, Razer Shares Plunge in Hong Kong

Stocks in Asia-Pacific struggled for direction on Thursday, as concerns over the economic impact of the omicron Covid variant continue to weigh on investor sentiment. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.55% to close at 23,788.93, reversing earlier losses. Shares of Razer in the city, however, dropped 7.87% on the day. The company said a consortium has offered to take it private at 2.82 Hong Kong dollars each, about 5.62% higher than Razer’s Wednesday close. Mainland Chinese stocks closed in...

Asia-Pacific Stocks Fall Amid Renewed Covid Uncertainty; Oil Drops 3%

Major Asia-Pacific markets fell in Tuesday trade as investors in the region continued to track developments surrounding the omicron variant. Major markets in the region fell after Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel told the Financial Times that he expects existing vaccines to be less effective against the new variant. Bancel told CNBC on Monday that it could take months to develop and ship an omicron specific vaccine. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was among the region’s biggest losers, falling about 1.8% as of...

Asian Markets Mostly Fall, Investors Watch Out for the Omicron Variant

Major markets in Asia-Pacific largely fell on Monday as investors continue to monitor developments surrounding the recently discovered omicron Covid variant. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.95% to close at 23,852.24. Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese tech giant Meituan lost 7% after the firm on Friday posted a loss of about 10 billion Chinese yuan ($1.56 billion) for the three months ended Sept. 30. Shares of Sun Entertainment Group in Hong Kong sank 30.97% after the South China Morning Post reported...

Asia-Pacific Markets Slip Amid Renewed Covid Fears as New Variant Emerges

Shares in Asia-Pacific dropped on Friday, with stocks in Hong Kong and Japan leading losses regionally as fears of a new Covid variant weighed on investor sentiment. World Health Organization officials said Thursday they are monitoring a new variant with “a large number of mutations.” A special meeting is scheduled for Friday to discuss its implications for vaccines and treatments. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index saw sharp losses on Friday, falling 2.67% to close at 24,080.52. The variant...

Asia-Pacific Stocks Mixed; Bank of Korea Announces Rate Hike

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Thursday as investors reacted to the Bank of Korea’s rate decision. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.47% to close at 2,980.27 after the Bank of Korea raised its policy rate by 25 basis points to 1%, a move that was largely expected by analysts in a Reuters poll. Following the decision, the Korean won traded 1,189.89 per dollar, weaker than levels around 1,185 seen against the greenback yesterday. The South Korean central bank’s decision followed a similar...

Asian Markets Mixed, New Zealand Dollar Falls after Central Bank Announces Rate Hike

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday, with Japanese stocks leading losses regionally. The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 1.58% to close at 29,302.66 while the Topix index declined 1.16% to 2,019.12. Markets in Japan were closed on Tuesday for a holiday. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.1% on the day to 2,994.29. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.54% as of its final hour of trading. Mainland Chinese stocks finished the trading day mixed, with the Shanghai composite rising 0.1% to 3,592.70 and...

Asian Markets Mixed, as Tech Shares Drop

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday as investors watched for market reaction to U.S. President Joe Biden picking Jerome Powell for a second term as Federal Reserve chair. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined more than 1% as of its final hour of trading. Mainland Chinese stocks closed mixed, with the Shanghai composite up 0.2% to 3,589.09 while the Shenzhen component slipped 0.371% to 14,905.13. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.53% to close at 2,997.33, with shares of biopharmaceutical firm Celltrion plunging 6%. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia closed 0.78%...

Asia-Pacific Stocks Mixed; JD.com, Netease Shares in Hong Kong Jump

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as China kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong dipped 0.39%, closing at 24,951.34. Hong Kong-listed shares of JD.com and NetEase gained 1.93% and 3.02%, respectively, following a Friday announcement that the two stocks are set to be included in the benchmark Hang Seng index from Dec. 6. In mainland China, the Shanghai composite rose 0.61% to close at 3,582.08 while the Shenzhen component advanced 1.411% to 14,960.66. China on Monday kept the one-year...

Asian Markets Edge Lower, Hong Kong Shares Extend Losses

Asian markets were mainly lower on Friday as Hong Kong shares slumped, extending losses from the previous session as some of China’s biggest tech names remained under pressure. The benchmark Hang Seng index declined 1.07% to 25,049.97 while the tech-focused Hang Seng tech index dropped 0.26% to 6,457.97. Alibaba shares listed in Hong Kong dropped more than 10% after the technology behemoth missed revenue and earnings expectations for the September quarter, as slowing economic growth in China weighed on results....

Asia-Pacific Markets Mixed as Hong Kong Tech Shares Sell off

 Asia-Pacific markets traded mixed on Thursday, following overnight losses on Wall Street, as shares in Japan, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland struggled for gains. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 1.29% to 25,319.72 while the Nasdaq-style technology board, Hang Seng tech index, sold off nearly 3%. Some of the major tech names listed in Hong Kong declined sharply: Alibaba was down 5.34%, Meituan fell 2.46%, JD was down 3.58%, Tencent declined 2.4% and Baidu fell 7.84%. In the previous Asian Trading session, Baidu reported third-quarter revenue above...

Asia-Pacific Stocks Fall as Shares of Japan’s Automakers Slip

Declines across Asia-Pacific stocks were seen by Wednesday’s close, with data showing Japan’s exports growth hit an eight-month low. Markets in the U.S., however, were lifted on the back of stronger-than-expected retail sales data. Australia and South Korea led losses in the region. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.68% to close at 7,369.90. Financial stocks were lower, with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia leading losses as its shares plummeted more than 8%. News in the region may help...

Asian Markets Mixed, Investors React to Biden-Xi Talks

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday as investors reacted to a virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 1.27% higher at 25,713.78. Shares of gaming hardware firm Razer in Hong Kong surged 11.46% after Reuters reported, citing sources, that executives at the firm are leading a consortium plan to value the company at up to 35 billion Hong Kong dollars (about $4.49 billion). Mainland Chinese stocks ended the trading day lower, with the Shanghai...

Asia Pacific Socks Mixed, China Shares Trade Lower Despite economic Data Exceeding Expectations

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as investors reacted to the latest Chinese economic data for October. Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower, with the Shanghai composite slipping 0.16% to 3,533.30 while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.469% to 14,636.39. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sat little changed, as of its final hour of trading. The losses in mainland China came despite Chinese economic data coming in better than expected. Data released Monday showed retail sales in China rose 4.9% year-on-year...

Asia-Pacific Stocks Rise; JD.com Shares in Hong Kong Surge

Shares in Asia-Pacific advanced on Friday as technology shares mostly rose, following overnight gains for their counterparts on Wall Street. Hong Kong-listed shares of JD.com soared nearly 5% following the Singles Day online shopping event, while Alibaba dropped 0.67%. Both companies set new sales records across their platforms on Singles Day. Meanwhile, Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation dropped 4.47% after the firm said a top executive and multiple board members resigned. The Hang Seng Tech index gained...

Asian Markets Mixed, Evergrande Group shares surge

Asia-Pacific stocks were mixed on Thursday after data released overnight showed U.S. consumer inflation spiked in October. Shares of China Evergrande Group listed in Hong Kong surged 6.75%, following a report from Chinese media outlet Cailianshe that several bondholders received coupon payments from the debt-ridden developer. Other real estate stocks in Hong Kong also rose, with China Vanke gaining 6.73% while Country Garden advanced 5.39%. The Hang Seng Properties index gained 2.65% to 31,674.34. The stock gains followed reports...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, Investors React to China’s Trade Data

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as investors reacted to China’s trade data released over the weekend. Mainland Chinese stocks recovered from earlier losses to close higher, with the Shanghai composite up 0.2% to 3,498.63 while the Shenzhen component climbed 0.32% to 14,508.86. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped around 0.4% as of its final hour of trading. South Korea’s Kospi closed 0.31% lower at 2,960.20. The Nikkei 225 in Japan slipped 0.35% to close at 29,507.05 while...

Asian Markets Mixed, Hong Kong Markets Decline 1.41% Leading Losses

Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Friday as shares in Hong Kong led to losses among the region’s major markets. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 1.41% to finish the trading day at 24,870.51. Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower, with the Shanghai Composite down 1% to 3,491.57 while the Shenzhen component shed 0.637% to 14,462.62. Shares of Chinese property developers in Hong Kong fell. China Evergrande Group slipped 2.54% while China Vanke dropped 1.39% and Sunac China Holdings plunged 6.78%. The Hang Seng Properties index dipped...

Asian Markets Rise Following Fed’s Decision to Start Tapering Pace of Bond Purchases

Shares in Asia-Pacific rose on Thursday following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s announcement that it will start tapering the pace of its bond purchases later in November. The Nikkei 225 in Japan closed 0.93% higher at 29,794.37 while the Topix index advanced 1.18% to 2,055.56. South Korea’s Kospi also climbed 0.25% on the day to 2,983.22. In mainland China, the Shanghai composite finished the trading day 0.81% higher at about 3,526.87 while the Shenzhen component jumped 1.305% to 14,555.27. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up around 0.4%, as...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, Shares of Kakao Pay surge in South Korea debut

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to the end of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting for clues on tapering. In South Korea, the Kospi declined 1.25% to finish the trading day at 2,975.71. Shares of Kakao Pay surged in their Wednesday debut as they more than doubled from their issue price of 90,000 Korean won. By the Wednesday market close in South Korea, the stock had soared about 114% from its issue price. Kakao...

Asian Markets Mixed, Chinese Real Estate Stocks Slide Amid Renewed Fears

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday, as Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese real estate firms fell amid renewed fears. By the market close in Hong Kong, China Evergrande Group’s stock fell 2.9% while China Vanke tanked by 4%, while Sunac China Holdings plunged 9.6%. The Hang Seng Properties index declined 0.99% to 30,203.36. The broader Hang Seng index in Hong Kong erased earlier gains and fell 0.22% to 25,099.67. On Monday, Moody’s downgraded developer Yango Group, warning the Chinese firm “may not...

Asian Markets Mixed, Japan’s Nikkei 225 surges nearly 3%

 Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as investors reacted to economic data that showed a mixed picture of Chinese manufacturing activity in October. Japanese stocks led gains regionally as the Nikkei 225 jumped 2.61% to close at 29,647.08, with shares of Fast Retailing soaring 4.22%. The Topix index climbed 2.18% on the day to 2,044.72. Those gains came after the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party held on to its single-party majority in a Sunday parliamentary election. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng...

Asia – Pacific Markets Mixed; Trading on Razer Halted in Hong Kong Ahead of M&A Announcement.

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Friday as investors monitored stocks of Apple suppliers after the tech giant’s revenue miss. Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher as the Shanghai composite advanced 0.82% to 3,547.34 and the Shenzhen component gained 1.45% to 14,451.38. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed 0.8%, as of its final hour of trading. Trading in the Hong Kong-listed shares of Razer was halted on Friday “pending the release of an announcement in relation to inside information of the...

Asia-Pacific Stocks Fall as Bank of Japan Holds Steady on Monetary Policy

Shares in Asia-Pacific were lower in Thursday trade as the Bank of Japan announced its decision to hold steady on monetary policy. The Nikkei 225 in Japan declined 1.05% while the Topix index shed 0.69%. Retail sales in Japan fell 0.6% in September from a year earlier, according to government data released Thursday. The Bank of Japan kept interest rate targets unchanged on Thursday and the central bank cut its real GDP growth outlook and consumer inflation forecasts for...

Asian Markets Edge Lower, Hong Kong Markets Lead Losses.

 Shares in Asia-Pacific were lower on Wednesday, with Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong seeing big losses. Hong Kong-listed shares of Tencent dropped 2.99% on Wednesday while Alibaba fell 2.95% and Meituan plunged 5.09%. The Hang Seng Tech index slipped 3.19% to 6,441.62. The broader Hang Seng index in Hong Kong led losses among the region’s major markets, falling 1.57% to close at 25,628.74. Mainland Chinese stocks declined on the day, with the Shanghai composite shedding 0.98% to 3,562.31 and the Shenzhen component falling 1.095% to...

Asian Markets Mixed, Nikkei 225 Surges Nearly 2%

Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday after major indexes on Wall Street rose to record closing highs stateside. Japanese stocks led gains regionally as the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.77% to close at 29,106.01 while the Topix index gained 1.15% to 2,018.40. South Korea’s Kospi advanced 0.94%, closing at 3,049.08. South Korea’s gross domestic product grew 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in the third quarter of 2021 as compared with the previous quarter, data showed Tuesday. That was lower than...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, HSBC Earnings Beat Expectations;

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as investors reacted to the release of HSBC earnings. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed little changed at 26,132.03. Hong Kong-listed shares of HSBC rose 0.43% after the bank on Monday reported a pre-tax profit in the third quarter of 2021 that bested expectations. Shares of embattled developer China Evergrande Group declined 0.74% by the Hong Kong market close after surging nearly 6% earlier. The firm announced Sunday it had resumed work on more than...

Asian Markets Mixed, Hong Kong Shares Surge

Asia-Pacific markets were mixed on Friday, as shares of China Evergrande Group surged in Hong Kong following media reports that the embattled developer is set to pay off a coupon payment on a dollar-denominated bond. Shares of Evergrande in Hong Kong surged 4.26% on Friday. Evergrande Property Services Group also saw its stock jump 1.7%. The Hang Seng Properties index advanced 1.4% to 31,928.03. The broader Hang Seng index in the city rose 0.42% on the day to 26,126.93. Mainland Chinese...

Asian Markets Mixed, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Drop Nearly 2%

Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Thursday, as investors monitored shares of developer China Evergrande Group in Hong Kong. Evergrande shares dropped 12.54%, having returned to trade on Thursday after a halt that lasted more than two weeks. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 led losses among the region’s markets as it slipped 1.87% to close at 28,708.58 while the Topix index fell 1.32% to 2,000.81. South Korea’s Kospi edged 0.19% lower, closing at 3,007.33. The debt-laden firm announced in an...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, China Maintains Benchmark Lending Rate

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Wednesday trade as China kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 1.1% as of its final hour of trading, leading to gains among major markets in the region. Shares of Chinese tech firms listed in the city surged, with Tencent up 1.6% while Alibaba soared 6.92% and Meituan jumped 3.29%. The Hang Seng Tech index also gained 2.69%. Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower, with the Shanghai composite slipping 0.17% to...

Asian Pacific Stocks Rise, Taiwan’s Taiex Leads Gains

Shares in Asia-Pacific rose on Friday following overnight gains on Wall Street with the S&P 500 jumping nearly 2%. The Taiex in Taiwan surged 2.4% on the day to 16,781.19, leading gains among the region’s major markets, as shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company rose 4.71% following an earnings release a day earlier. TSMC on Thursday reported a net profit of 156.3 billion Taiwan dollars (around $5.57 billion) for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, above expectations of a...

Asian Markets Edge Higher as Investors React to China’s Trade Data for September

Asian Pacific stocks closed higher as shares in mainland China edged higher on Wednesday as investors reacted to the release of Chinese trade data for September. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.42% to 3,561.76 while the Shenzhen component rose 1.54% to 14,353.08. China’s imports rose 17.6% from a year earlier in September, customs data showed Wednesday, missing expectations for a 20% expansion in a Reuters poll. Exports in September rose 28.1% from a year earlier in September, the data showed, exceeding...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, Hang Seng Index Surges more than 7%

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Monday trade as stocks in Hong Kong led gains regionally. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 1.84%, as of its final hour of trading. Shares of Meituan in Hong Kong surged 7.27%. China’s market regulator on Friday said it had fined the company about 3.4 billion Chinese yuan ($527.71 million) after finding it guilty of monopolistic practices. Still, that was far smaller than the 18.23 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) fine that Alibaba had been slapped with...

Asian Markets Decline, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Falls

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly lower on Wednesday, with major indexes in Japan and South Korea leading losses regionally. Japan’s Nikkei 225 shed earlier gains, falling 1.05% to close at 27,528.87, while the Topix index dipped 0.3% on the day to 1,941.91. South Korea’s Kospi slipped 1.82%, closing at 2,908.31. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined 0.6%, as of its final hour of trading. Shares in Australia also dipped, with the S&P/ASX 200 falling 0.58% to close at 7,206.50. In Southeast Asia,...

Asian Markets Mixed, Hang Seng Index Drops 2%

Asian markets were mixed in Monday trade, with the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong tumbling more than 2% following its return from a Friday holiday. The Hang Seng index fell 2.19% to 24,036.37, by the market close in Hong Kong. Trading in shares of China Evergrande was halted, as investor concern surrounding the indebted property developer returned. Trading in the shares of Evergrande Property Services was also halted, with the firm saying in an exchange filing that there’s an impending...

Asian Markets Rise as Data Shows Factory Data Rose in SeptemberAs

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Thursday, as investors reacted to the release of Chinese factory activity data for September. Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher, with the Shanghai composite up 0.9% to 3,568.17 while the Shenzhen component jumped 1.634% to 14,309.01. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index, on the other hand, fell 0.55% as of its final hour of trading. China’s official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for September came in at 49.6, below expectations for a reading of 50.1 by analysts...

Asian Pacific Stocks Edge Lower, Japan’s Nikkei 225 falls more than 2%

Asia-Pacific stocks largely fell in Wednesday trade following an overnight tumble on Wall Street, with the Nasdaq plunging nearly 3% as bond yields rise. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 2.12% to close at 29,544.29 while the Topix index dropped 2.09% to finish the trading day at 2,038.29. Mainland Chinese stocks also saw sizable losses on the day as the Shanghai composite shed 1.83% to 3,536.29 and the Shenzhen component fell 1.64% to 14,079.02. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index bucked the overall...

Asian Markets Mixed, Economists cut China’s GDP Forecasts

 Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mostly lower on Tuesday, as various firms downgraded China’s GDP forecasts. Goldman Sachs on Tuesday slashed its China GDP growth expectations to 7.8%, down from the 8.2% previously forecast. Nomura also expected China’s GDP to grow by 7.7% this year, down from a previous forecast of 8.2%. Still, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index led gains regionally, jumping 1.2% on the day to 24,500.39. Mainland Chinese stocks closed mixed, with the Shanghai composite up 0.54% to 3,602.22...

Asian Markets Mixed, Evergrande Shares in Hong Kong Rise

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday, with investors monitoring stocks related to embattled developer China Evergrande Group. Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower, with the Shanghai composite slipping 0.84% to 3,582.83 while the Shenzhen component dipped around 0.1% to 14,344.29. Shares of China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group in Hong Kong plunged 9.42% following the firm’s Friday warning that it was in a “serious shortage of funds.” The company also announced over the weekend that it will not proceed with plans...

Asian Markets Mixed, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Jumps 2%

Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Friday, as investors continued to watch developments surrounding China Evergrande Group. The Nikkei 225 in Japan jumped 2.06% to close at 30,248.81, with shares of Fast Retailing and Softbank Group gaining 1.5% and 2.76% respectively. The Topix index gained 2.31% to finish the trading day at 2,090.75. South Korea’s Kospi, on the other hand, closed fractionally lower at 3,125.24 While, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined 1.45% to close at 23,155.49. Shares of China Evergrande Group in Hong...

Asian Markets Edge Higher, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Rises 1.04%

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher in Thursday trade as investors in Asia-Pacific continue monitoring the situation surrounding China Evergrande Group. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 1.04%, as of its final hour of trading, following losses earlier in the week. It had returned to trade after a holiday on Wednesday. Shares of China Evergrande Group in the city jumped more than 17%, paring some gains after soaring more than 20% earlier. That was also after days...

Asian Markets Mixed, Japan’s Nikkei 225 falls 2%

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday as investors continued monitoring the situation surrounding embattled developer China Evergrande Group. Japanese stocks declined as they returned to trade following a Monday holiday. The Nikkei 225 closed 2.17% lower at 29,839.71 as shares of conglomerate Softbank Group plunged 4.98%. The Topix index shed 1.7% on the day to 2,064.55. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index, which was dragged down by more than 3% on Monday amid investor fears around Evergrande, rose 0.51% to close...

Asian Pacific Stocks Lower, Hang Seng Index Drops more than 3%

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index led losses among Asia-Pacific markets in Monday trade, with shares of embattled Chinese developer China Evergrande Group continuing to drop. The Hang Seng index dropped 3.3% to close at 23,099.14. Shares of China Evergrande Group in the city plummeted 10.24%, after falling as much as 17% earlier. The Hang Seng Properties Index dropped to a 52-week low, falling 6.69% on the day. Shares of insurers listed in asia also plunged. AIA dropped 4.94% while...

Asian Markets Edge Higher, Chinese Stocks Lead Regional Losses

Asia-Pacific stocks were largely lower on Thursday, with Chinese stocks leading losses regionally. By the mainland market close on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite dropped 1.34% to 3,607.09 while the Shenzhen component plunged 1.954% to 14,258.13. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined 1.46% to close at 24,667.85, with most casino stocks listed in the city seeing a second straight day of sharp losses. Shares of Wynn Macau in Hong Kong dropped 4.69%, Sands China fell 7.96% and Melco International Development slipped 0.76%. Those moves followed a Wednesday plunge...

Asian Markets Edge Lower, Investors React to Chinese Economic Data

Shares in Asia-Pacific were largely lower on Wednesday, as investors reacted to the release of Chinese economic data. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 1.84% to close at 25,033.21 — falling more than 1% for the third straight session. Casino stocks listed in the city plunged amid fears over tighter regulations as Macao kicked off a public gaming consultation. Shares of Wynn Macau plummeted 29%, while Sands China plunged more than 32%. Galaxy Entertainment Group dropped around 20%. Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower,...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, Investors Watch out for U.S Inflation Data

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to the release of U.S. consumer inflation data for August. In Hong Kong, China Evergrande Group’s stock plunged 11.87% after the embattled property developer on Tuesday flagged expectations for a “significant continuing decline in contract sales in September,” as confidence falls following negative media reports surrounding the firm. Shares of China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle and Evergrande Property Services, units that Evergrande has been attempting to sell, also plummeted 24.66%...

Asian Markets Mixed, Hong Kong Shares Lead Losses

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday, with stocks in Hong Kong leading losses. Hong Kong-listed shares of Alibaba dropped 4.23% following a Financial Times report that Beijing wants to break up Ant Group’s Alipay and force the creation of a separate loans app. Other Chinese tech stocks also declined, with Tencent falling 2.45% while Meituan slipped 4.47%. The Hang Seng Tech index dropped 2.27% to 6,595.03. Chinese electric vehicle stocks fell after the country’s industry minister said consolidation in the sector is...

Asian Markets Edge Higher, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index Jumps Nearly 2%

Shares in Asia-Pacific rose on Friday, as investors monitored Hong Kong-listed stocks of firms in regulation-hit sectors such as video games. Shares of Tencent in Hong Kong jumped 2.08% on Friday while NetEase gained 3.14% — a partial recovery after the heavy losses seen Thursday. Gaming stocks had tumbled on Thursday as the South China Morning Post reported that the Chinese government will suspend approvals for new online games in the country. After the market close, however, the...

Asian Markets Decline, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index Drops 2%

Hong Kong stocks dropped on Thursday, with shares in the rest of Asia-Pacific also largely declining. Shares of Tencent and Netease in Hong Kong dropped 8.48% and 11.03% respectively on Thursday after regulatory pressures surfaced again. While the broader Hang Seng index in Hong Kong dropped 2.3% on the day to 25,716. Chinese state media reported that the two were among video game firms summoned to a meeting with regulators. Issues discussed during the meeting included reminding them of restrictions on...

Asian Markets Mixed, Shares in Hong Kong Rise Nearly 4%

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday, with shares of China Evergrande Group recovering slightly after briefly falling below their IPO price. By the Wednesday market close in Hong Kong, China Evergrande Group shares in the city rose 3.92%. Still, the embattled property developer’s stock has dropped nearly 5% so far this week, extending declines since last week after it warned that it could default. Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded its rating, citing “heightened liquidity...

Asian Markets Edge Higher as China’s Exports in August Beat Expectations

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher on Tuesday, as China’s August trade data came in above expectations. The Shanghai Composite in mainland China rose 1.51% to close at 3,676.59 while the Shenzhen component advanced 1.074% to 14,702.90. China’s exports jumped 25.6% year-over-year in August, customs data showed Tuesday — above expectations for a 17.1% rise by analysts in a Reuters poll. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.73% to close at 26,353.63. Shares of retail firms listed in the city...

Asian Pacific Stocks Rise, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Surges Nearly 2%

Asia-Pacific stocks rose on Monday, with shares in Japan and China seeing big gains. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was among the biggest gainers regionally, rising 1.83% to close at 29,659.89. That added to its surge of 2.05% on Friday after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he will not be running in the upcoming leadership election. The Topix advanced 1.24%. Mainland Chinese stocks also saw robust gains on the day, with the Shanghai composite gaining 1.12% to 3,621.86 and the Shenzhen component jumped...

Asian Markets Mixed, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Jumps

Asian markets were mixed as Shares in Japan jumped on Friday after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he will not be running in the upcoming leadership election. The Nikkei 225 closed 2.05% higher at 29,128.11 while the Topix index finished the trading day 1.61% higher at 2,015.45. Japanese manufacturing stocks saw big gains, with Fanuc jumping 3.46% while JFE Holdings surged 6.49%. The Japanese yen traded at 109.97 per dollar, still stronger than levels around 110.4 seen against the greenback earlier this...

Asian Pacific Stocks Mixed, Australia Reports a Trade Surplus

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Thursday trade as Australia reported a higher-than-expected trade surplus in July. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia shed 0.72%. Australia recorded a trade surplus of 12.117 billion Australian dollars (about $8.93 billion) in July, according to data released Thursday by the country’s Bureau of Statistics. That was much higher than the 10.2 billion Australian dollars surplus projected in a Reuters poll. Elsewhere, mainland Chinese stocks were mixed, with the Shanghai composite up...

Asian Markets Mixed Amidst Shrinking Chinese Factory Activity.

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday, as a private survey showed shrinking Chinese factory activity in August. Mainland Chinese stocks closed mixed as the Shanghai composite advanced 0.65% to 3,567.10 while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.1% to 14,314.09. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index edged 0.45% higher, as of its final hour of trading. The Caixin/Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for August came in at 49.2 on Wednesday, below the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction. Deutsche Bank International...

Asian Markets Mixed, Data Shows China’s Factory Activity was Lower in August

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday, as data showed slowing Chinese factory activity growth in August. In mainland China, the Shanghai composite rose 0.45% to close at 3,543.94 while the Shenzhen component shed 0.659% on the day to 14,328.38. China’s factory activity grew at a slower pace in August as compared with the previous month, data released Tuesday showed. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index for August came in at 50.1, against July’s reading of 50.4. Meanwhile, the...

Asian Markets Edge Higher, Australia Stocks Recover from Dip

Shares in Asia-Pacific mostly rose on Monday trade, with Australian stocks recovering from an earlier slip as Covid cases in the country spike. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 advanced 0.54% to close at 27,789.29 while the Topix index gained 1.11% to 1,950.14. South Korea’s Kospi ended the trading day up 0.33% at 3,144.19. Mainland Chinese stocks were mixed on the day as the Shanghai composite rose 0.17% to 3,528.15, while the Shenzhen component dipped fractionally to 14,423.37. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 0.52%...

Asian Stocks Mixed as Investors Watch for Fed Symposium; Shanghai Composite Advances 0.59%

Asia-Pacific markets traded mixed on Friday as investors remained cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve’s annual Jackson Hole symposium where Fed Chair Jerome Powell is due to speak. In Australia, the benchmark ASX 200 closed fractionally lower at 7,488.30. The heavily-weighted financials subindex rose 0.25% while the energy sector was flat and materials fell 0.45%. The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 0.36% to 27,641.14 while the Topix index declined 0.34% to 1,928.77. South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.17%...

Asian Markets Edge Lower, South Korea Hikes Interest Rates

Asia-Pacific markets mostly declined on Thursday despite overnight gains on Wall Street, while South Korea became the first major economy to raise interest rates during the pandemic. The Bank of Korea raised its base rate by 25 basis points to 0.75% for the first time in nearly three years. South Korean stocks were mixed. The benchmark Kospi fell 0.58% to 3,128.53 while the Kosdaq gained 0.26% to 1,020.44. The Korean won weakened against the dollar following the rate hike,...

Asian Stocks Mixed, Chinese Tech Stocks Jump

Asia-Pacific stocks were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as optimism continued to drive U.S. stocks, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reaching record highs overnight. Meanwhile, India’s benchmark index hit a record high. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.13% to close at 25,693.95 after jumping earlier. Chinese tech stocks listed in Hong Kong pared morning gains, losing steam by the close after rallying Tuesday. Tencent shares rose 0.55% after jumping 3% earlier. Food...

Asian Markets Gain Following Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine FDA Approval

Shares in Asia-Pacific rose in Tuesday trade, with Hong Kong stocks leading gains among the region’s major markets. That came after the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite jumped to a record closing high overnight following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 2.46% higher at 25,727.92, with shares of Chinese tech firms listed in the city jumping: internet titan Tencent rose 8.81% while Meituan soared 13.51% and Alibaba advanced 9.47%. The Hang Seng...

Asia – Pacific Stocks Rise, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index Bounces 1.05% Emerging from Bear Market.

Stocks in Asia-Pacific rose on Monday trade as Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index bounced back after falling into a bear market last week. The Hang Seng index rose 1.05% in afternoon trade, as shares of Chinese tech giant Tencent rose nearly 2% while Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing surged more than 5%. Heavy losses last week left the Hang Seng index more than 20% below its mid-February high as regulatory uncertainty clouded the outlook for Chinese technology companies. Mainland Chinese stocks...

Asian Markets Edge Higher, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Keeps Rates Unchanged

Shares in Asia were higher on Wednesday, with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand keeping interest rates unchanged despite expectations of a hike. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.59% to close at 27,585.91 while the Topix index climbed 0.44% on the day to 1,923.97. Japan’s government on Tuesday decided to extend the Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas to Sept. 12, local news agency Kyodo News reported. Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher. The Shanghai...

Asian Pacific Stocks Decline, China internet shares fall Amidst Regulatory Fears

Shares in Asia-Pacific declined on Tuesday, with Chinese internet stocks in Hong Kong falling again as regulatory fears resurfaced. By the Tuesday market close in Hong Kong, shares of Tencent dropped 4.14% while Alibaba plunged 4.77% and JD.com slipped 5.16%. The Hang Seng Tech index slipped 3.13% to 6,218.89. Those losses came after China’s market regulator issued draft rules on Tuesday aimed at stopping unfair competition on the internet. Hong Kong’s broader Hang Seng index fell 1.66% to 25,745.87. Mainland Chinese stocks led...

Asian Markets Drop as China’s Economic Data Shows Industrial Production was at 6.4%

Asia-Pacific stocks slipped on Monday as investors reacted to the release of Chinese economic data for July. Retail sales in China rose 8.5% in July as compared with a year ago, according to official data released Monday. That was far lower than the 11.5% rise forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. Meanwhile, industrial production grew 6.4% in July, also falling short of expectations for a 7.8% year-on-year increase for the month, according to the Reuters poll....

Asia-Pacific Stocks Drop; Samsung Plunges 3.4% as Vice Chair Jay Y. Lee is Released from Prison

South Korean and Taiwanese stocks led losses among major Asia-Pacific markets in Friday trade, with shares of firms related to conglomerate Samsung falling. The broader Kospi in South Korea closed 1.16% lower at 3,171.29 while the Taiex in Taiwan dropped 1.38% to finish the trading day at 16,982.11. Shares of South Korean industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics plunged 3.38% while Samsung C&T dropped 0.74%. Samsung Life Insurance fell 0.39% and Samsung SDS declined 1.96%. Those losses came after Samsung Electronics...

Asian Markets Edge Lower, Currencies Rise on Weaker Dollar

Asia-Pacific stocks were mostly lower by the close on Thursday, as U.S. markets again notched highs after data showed inflation was not as bad as feared. The dollar weakened while Asian currencies rose. Chinese stocks closed in negative territory. The Shanghai Composite was down 0.22% to close at 3,524.74, while the Shenzhen component declined 0.79% to 14,901.97. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost nearly 1%. In its Hong Kong debut, Chinese electric vehicle maker Li Auto’s shares dipped as much as...

Asian Markets Mixed, Major Chinese Stocks Muted

Major Asia-Pacific markets closed mixed on Wednesday, while shares of China’s most indebted property developer Evergrande and some of its units soared. Chinese markets were muted. The Shanghai composite closed just above the flatline to 3,532.62, while the Shenzhen component was down 0.24% to 15,021.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.21% in the final hour of trade. Shares of China Evergrande jumped more than 8% in the afternoon after the company said in a filing that it was in...

Asian Markets Defy Covid Concerns to Post Gains; Krafton Slumps 17% on Debut

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher on Tuesday. Meanwhile, South Korean game developer Krafton plunged in its debut. South Korea’s broader Kospi slipped 0.53% to close at 3,243.19. Shares of South Korean game developer Krafton slumped as much as 17% in Asian trading hours, from its IPO price on its market debut, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. Krafton, the game maker behind the blockbuster game PUBG, later pared some of those losses but still closed nearly 9%...

Asian Markets Mostly Flat; Shanghai Composite Gains 1.05%

Asia-Pacific markets broadly struggled for gains on Monday as investors kept an eye on the Covid-19 situation across the region while oil prices tumbled 3%. Australia’s benchmark ASX 200 was unable to hold on to modest gains and finished flat at 7,538.40. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7354 against the greenback, climbing from an earlier level of around $0.7326. The Aussie fell from levels above $0.7400 following a resurgent dollar Friday on the back...

Asian Markets Mixed as Investors await U.S. Jobs Report

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Friday as investors awaited the release of a closely watched U.S. jobs report. Shares of South Korea’s Kakao Bank surged in their Friday debut, rising nearly 80% from the issue price. South Korea’s broader Kospi slipped 0.18% to close at 3,270.36. Mainland Chinese stocks fell on the day, with the Shanghai Composite down 0.24% to 3,458.23 while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.301% to 14,827.41. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was around...

Asian Markets Mixed as Chinese Online Gaming Stocks come Under Pressure Again

Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Thursday. Investors also monitored Hong Kong-listed shares of firms related to the Chinese video game sector after China’s state media once again took aim at the industry. By Thursday’s market close in Asia, Hong Kong, shares of Tencent in the city slipped 3.9% while Netease dropped 3.76%. The Hang Seng Tech index declined 2.1% to 6,715.33. The Securities Times, a publication under the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper People’s...

Asian Markets Gain as Data shows China’s Service Industry Grew by 3.6 points

Shares in major Asia-Pacific markets rose on Wednesday, as a private survey showed accelerating Chinese services activity growth in July. Mainland Chinese stocks closed higher, with the Shenzhen component advancing 1.72% to 14,990.11 while the Shanghai composite gaining 0.85% to 3,477.22. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index closed 0.88% higher at 26,426.55, with shares of Chinese tech giant Tencent jumping 2.42% after seeing heavy losses yesterday. The Caixin/Markit services Purchasing Managers’ Index for July came in at 54.9 on Wednesday,...

Asian Markets Mixed as China Regulator Eyes the Online Gaming Markets

Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Tuesday, with Hong Kong-listed shares of firms in the Chinese online gaming market plummeting after the activity was described as a type of “opium” by Chinese state media. By the Tuesday market close in Hong Kong, shares of Tencent in the city plunged 6.11% while Netease and Bilibili dropped 7.77% and 3.44%, respectively. The Hang Seng Tech index declined 1.47% to 6,696.66. The losses came after the Economic Information Daily,...

Asian Pacific Stocks Rise, U.S Fed Leaves Benchmark Interest Rate at Zero

Asia-Pacific markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate near zero meanwhile, shares in Hong Kong continued to see a rebound on Thursday from a two-day slump earlier in the week. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 3.3% to close at 26,315.32. The index had dived more than 8% over two days early this week. Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong, which were hit hard by the market rout earlier in the...

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