Asian Stocks Fall on Wednesday 10/27 05:25
Global stock markets fell Wednesday after Australian inflation rose to a
six-year high and a Chinese newspaper warned more real estate developers are
likely to default on bonds, while investors looked ahead to U.S. economic
growth data due out this week.
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stock markets fell Wednesday after Australian
inflation rose to a six-year high and a Chinese newspaper warned more real
estate developers are likely to default on bonds, while investors looked ahead
to U.S. economic growth data due out this week.
London and Frankfurt opened lower, shrugging off strong U.S. corporate
profit reports. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong declined.
Australia reported inflation accelerated to an unexpectedly high level in
the latest quarter, highlighting investor fears central banks might feel
pressure to cool prices by pulling back stimulus that is pushing up stocks.
Adding to unease about Chinese finance, an official newspaper, the Global
Times, cited industry analysts as saying more developers are likely to default
on bonds amid pressure from regulators to cut their debt levels.
A midsize developer, Modern Land, said it missed a $250 million payment due
Monday. Investors are watching whether one of the biggest developers,
Evergrande Group, can avoid a default on 2 trillion yuan ($310 billion) of debt.
Investors are "refusing to chase the carrots dangled by an impressive U.S.
earnings season," said Jeffrey Halley of Oanda in a report.
"China, once again, appears to be the culprit," Halley said. He said
Australian inflation is "increasing nerves" that its central bank will shift
from its ultra-dovish stance.
In early trading, the FTSE 100 in London lost 0.3% to 7,253.67 and the DAX
in Frankfurt sank 0.4% to 15,701.84. The CAC 40 in France gave up 0.3% to
On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones
Industrial Average were off 0.1%.
On Tuesday, the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% to its second high in two days,
driven by strong earnings reports by some major companies. The Dow and Nasdaq
composite edged up less than 0.1%.
In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1% to 3,562.31 after reports that
China has halted freight trains bound to and from Europe due to border
congestion. Also Tuesday, Washington revoked the license of a unit of
state-owned China Telecom Ltd. to operate in the United States as a security
The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost less than 0.1% to 29,098.24 and the Hang Seng
in Hong Kong declined 1.6% to 25,628.74.
The Kospi in Seoul ended 0.8% lower at 3,025.49 while India's Sensex
retreated 0.4% to 61,106.32.
Sydney's S&P ASX 200 ended less than 0.1% higher after the Australian
government reported underlying inflation accelerated by unexpectedly strong 0.7
percentage points to an annual rate of 2.1% in the three months ending in
"A jump in Australian core inflation highlighted intensifying cost pressures
in the global economy," said Anderson Alves of ActivTrades in a report.
Investors were waiting for U.S. economic growth data due out Thursday that
might influence whether the Federal Reserve changes its timeline for reducing
In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.20 to $83.45 per per barrel
in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the
price basis for international oils, shed 90 cents to $84.75 per barrel in
The dollar declined to 113.69 yen from Tuesday's 114.17 yen. The euro
declined to $1.1590 from $1.1598.