On Friday, German 10-year bond gains slipped below zero…
Asian markets go down abruptly
On Friday, Asian equities went down abruptly in early trade, suppressed by greater worries of a strengthening trade protectionism because Donald Trump rolled out fresh aluminum and steel tariffs, thus provoking another afternoon of heavy stock selling in America.
Trump’s fresh move, actually aimed at protecting American steelmakers, helped edgy traders to scale back their stock holdings.
In Japan, the Nikkei Stock Average NIK went down 2.9%, affected by the double whammy of trade concerns as well as yen revenues. For the last two days the Nikkei was deprived of 3%.
Worries about tariffs and trade overshadowed firm American manufacturing data and also applied downward pressure on the evergreen buck. It pushed the currency pair JPY/USD down to a reading of ¥105.93 versus the Japanese yen from Thursday’s reading of ¥106.80. It stepped up pressure on Japanese equities.
Dives turned to be less acute, with benchmarks in Hong Kong HIS as well as Singapore STI accounting for 0.99%, diving approximately 1%. Additionally, in South Korea Kospi headed south 1.4% after financial markets in this Asian country were unavailable due to a holiday.
As for China, financial markets in this country dived too, also reacting to Trump’s tariffs. Besides this, equities in Shanghai exactly where most of the Chinese heavy industrials are listed, headed south 1%.
The evergreen buck’s overnight dip also backed commodity prices in Asia. For instance, the global Brent crude benchmark managed to gain 0.4% being worth $64.09 per barrel having settled at its lowest value for more than two weeks. As for American gold futures, they gained 1%.
Japanese steel equities declined more than 3%.
Among major users of steel, South Korea’s car maker Hyundai Motor went down 4%.
In Australia S&P/ASX 200 decreased 1%.
On Friday, Indian markets are unavailable due to a holiday.
On Thursday, Asian stocks rallied after the major US bank took a more accommodative stance at its policy gathering, although worries over US-China trade negotiations and decelerating global surged capped broad profits and suppressed some markets…
On Wednesday, American stocks were nearly intact because market participants awaited more clarity on the Fed’s interest rate outlook for 2019, while some trade fears still persisted…
Safe havens such as gold and Japanese yen declined as investors sentiment was boosted by eased geopolitical tensions…
On Tuesday, the euro tacked on because market participants waited for reports on inflation and growth in the euro zone, while the Japanese yen went down after Japan’s major bank told it would be more flexible in its huge stimulus program…
On Tuesday, the evergreen buck dived because the common currency bounced off and the UK pound managed to ascend to the day’s maximums reacting to reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to take control of Brexit talks…