Asian Stock Markets Hit by Japan GDP

Asian markets traded lower on Monday on news that Japan’s economy contracted for a second consecutive quarter, marking a recession.

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 1.6% from July to September, compared with the same period last year, below forecasts of a 2.1% rise.

That followed a revised 7.3% contraction in the second quarter.

The benchmark Nikkei index closed down almost 3% to 16,973.80 after hitting a seven-year high of 17,490.83 on Friday.

Monday’s finish was the biggest one-day drop for the Nikkei since August.

The dollar briefly rose above 117 yen before it eased to 115.69 yen.

Chinese shares traded mixed as investors cheered the first day of trading of the landmark Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect scheme.

The trading link will let international investors trade Shanghai-listed shares directly for the first time from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Also under the scheme, investors on the Chinese mainland will be able to trade in Hong Kong shares from the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

The Hang Seng index lost 1% to close at 23,797 points while the Shanghai Composite ended down 0.2% at 2,474 points.

In Australia, shares fell to three-and-a-half week lows despite news that Australia reached a free trade deal with China, its largest trading partner.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index closed down 0.8% to 5,412.5 – its lowest since 24 October.

South Korean shares were down 0.1%, with the Kospi at 1,943.63 points.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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