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 equity markets tack on after Wall Street
On Thursday, the stock indices of the Asia-Pacific region demonstrated positive dynamics after the active soar on Wall Street, while a minor dive was seen only in mainland China.
The MSCI Asia Pacific index went up by 0.5%.
The Japanese indicators Nikkei 225 as well as Topix jumped by respectively 0.9% and 0.6%. The leaders of surge were represented by chemical companies – their index rallied by 1.8%, while Shiseido Co managed to gain 5.6%.
In addition to this, equities of car makers, including Toyota Motor Corp managed to ascend by 0.9%, Mazda Motor Corp gained 1.2%.
The Australian S&P/ASX 200 soared by 0.5%.In April, Australia cut exports by approximately 2% compared with the previous month following a 1.7% jump in March. The dive occurred because of the decreased supply of iron ore as well as coal abroad. Simultaneously, the value of imports didn’t change, while in March, there was a 0.7% leap. In April, trade surplus of Australia was a bit less than anticipated.
The market value of the world's number one mining companies BHP Billiton as well as Rio Tinto edged up by respectively 2.1% and 3.3%.
As a matter of fact, the Chinese index of the Shanghai Composite went down by 0.01%. As for the Shenzhen Composite, it lost 0.3%, while the Hong Kong Hang Seng ascended by 0.6%.
In Shanghai, steel went up by 2.5% on Thursday, hitting a peak of 3 months - 3,869 Yuan. It became possible due to reports that China’s actually tightening environmental inspections in industrial enterprises. Besides this, inventories of steel in this Asian country keep diving.
As for the value of the South Korean index Kospi, it dived by 0.7%.
Moreover, the capitalization of one of the world's leading semiconductor producers Samsung Electronics Co. tumbled by 1.2%.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
Will coronavirus continue keeping the markets in fear? What releases should we wait for? Find out in the news!
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