The so-called “stock market bloodbath” has continued on Friday with major indices falling down to the lows of the last October. What's going on?
Asian equities go down on US protectionism worries
On Wednesday, Asian equities slumped in the face of fears of soaring American protectionism because Donald Trump had his Secretary of State fired, who was considered to be moderate in his administration, and Trump was also about to impose hefty duties on China’s imports.
The combination of Trump’s moves left market participants looking for safety because global shares took a knock, the evergreen buck dived and bonds headed north.
MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific equities declined 0.7%, rebounding on Tuesday from a 1-1/2 month maximum, with technology sector acting as the leading drag.
Japan's Nikkei N225 went down 1%, while South Korea's Kospi index KS11 headed south 0.6%. Additionally, China's SSE Composite index along with the blue-chip CSI 300 inched down 0.3%.
The weakness emerged after overnight losses on Wall Street, when the Dow lost 0.7%, the S&P 500 shed 0.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite declined 1%.
The selling stepped up right after Trump had Tillerson dismissed following a bunch of public rifts as for policy on North Korea, Iran and Russia.
As Citi informed, since Donald Trump took office the previous year up to 35 senior statesmen from his administration have resigned, including Tillerson.
Additionally, Trump’s on the verge of imposing duties on $60 billion of China’s imports, mainly targeted at consumer electronics, information technology and telecoms.
It sent the MSCI Asia former Japan IT index down 0.6%. Besides this, large Asian technology equities including Samsung Electronics, Tencent Holdings, LG as well as Taiwan Semiconductor – all of them slumped over 1%.
Market participants guess those policymakers who back protectionism would like to employ the currency as a primary trade weapon.
The Japanese yen sank after minutes of the BOJ’s January gathering demonstrated that the vast majority of policymakers shared the opinion that Japan’s key financial institution requires pursuing powerful monetary easing.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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