Asian Markets Gain as Japanese Exports Drop
By Prasanth Aby Thomas | November 21, 2012 3:24 PM EST
Most Asian markets have steadied in the morning session amid US and eurozone economic concerns, while disappointing Japanese export data weakened the Yen further.
Japan's Nikkei was up 1.02 percent or 93.21 points to 9235.85 at 03:14 GMT while South Korea's KOSPI traded 0.15 percent or 2.78 points higher to 1892.96.
China's Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.07 percent or 1.33 points to 2007.59. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.69 percent or 145.47 points to 21373.75.
Concerns on the US 'fiscal cliff' remained in focus after the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated fears that a failure to avert the potential fiscal crisis could push the country into recession. But investors were optimistic after official data from the world's largest economy showed that housing starts gained 3.6 percent in October, the highest level in four years, adding to hopes of recovery in the sector.
Markets are keeping a close watch on eurozone as the region's finance ministers consider unlocking further bailout funds to Athens. Greece's debt woes continued after a document drafted for the ministers reportedly showed that the country will not be able to reduce its debt to IMF stipulated standards without some of the loans being written off.
The Yen weakened against the Dollar after official data showed that Japan's exports dropped for the fifth straight month in October, marred by the territorial dispute with China and the slowing global economy. The country's total shipments dropped 6.5 percent in the month, more than the estimated 4.9 percent. Exports to China tumbled 11.6 percent.
The latest data is expected to underscore fears that Japan may be easing into recession and put further pressure on authorities to aid the economy. Earlier, the Bank of Japan had left its monetary policy unchanged.
Exporters gained in Tokyo. Mazda Motor Corporation gained 5.88 percent while Honda Motor Company was up 2.99 percent. Shares of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation traded 2.78 percent higher.
Samsung Pharmaceutical Industrial Company and apparel maker Avista were the major gainers in Seoul, up 15 and 14.85 percent.
In Hong Kong, Mobile carrier Tencent Holdings was up 1.19 percent and property major New World Development Company, which gained 0.50 percent were the top gainers.
Pharmaceutical firm Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company and retailer Beijing Wangfujing Department Store Group Company traded lowest in China, down 9.84 and 5.59 percent respectively.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Kendall Jenner Could Be Next Victoria's Secret Angel [PHOTOS]
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
- Taylor Swift Named People's Best Dressed Stars Of 2014 [PHOTOS]
- Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon September 18, 2014
- Australian Stock Market Report – Midday September 18, 2014
- Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon September 17, 2014
- Financial Intelligence Agency Suspends Sydney Remittance Firm Over Suspicions It Is Used To Finance Terrorism In Middle East
- Australian Stock Market Report – Morning September 17, 2014
- iOS 8 Release Date Of Sept 17 Has Arrived: Update Begins At 10AM Pacific Time, Upgrade Your iDevices With iOS 7.1.2 First To Install iOS 8
- Google Nexus 6 Release Date on Q4 2014 Confirmed by T-Mobile Featuring Wi-Fi Calling
- Why Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Not The Best Smartphone To Purchase Now? If You Still Want To, Wait For A Month To Get It Cheap
- Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 October Release Date Roundup: Freshly Leaked Protective Case Debuts Unique Vent Alongside Camera
- Canadian IS Jihadist Wants to ‘Play Soccer’ with Heads of US Decapitated Soldiers
- Warning to U.S. – ISIS Has Shot Down a Syrian Regime Fighter Jet
- Spice Dream Uno vs Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Android One Smartphone to Challenge The Existing Budget Friendly Smartphone