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July 17, 2019, 11:56 p.m. EDT

Asian markets fall on economic red flags as trade-war standoff persists

South Korea surprises with rate cut; Nikkei slides

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By Marketwatch and Associated Press


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Namsan Tower is seen behind the Korean Pavilion in Seoul, South Korea.

Asian markets slid in early trading Thursday amid new economic warning signs.

Efforts to revive trade talks between the U.S. and China are making no progress, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, with restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co. a sticking point. Amid recent reports that the U.S. will relax some Huawei sales restrictions, China is reportedly waiting to see what the U.S. actually does before committing to new negotiations.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s central bank cut its key interest rate for the first time in three years, a surprise move that comes as South Korea’s economy is struggling and trade tensions with Japan are heating up.

In Japan, data showed June exports fell for the seventh straight month, as shipments of chip-making tools to China dropped sharply. And in Australia, a new report found job growth was weaker than expected in June, as the overall unemployment rate was flat. Analysts said the reading was unlikely to affect possible further rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia, which will likely want more evidence after cutting rates twice in the past two months.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.28%   sank 1.6%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI +0.15%   fell 0.4%. The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.01%   declined 0.6% while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 -0.09%   dropped 1%. South Korea’s Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.22%   edged down 0.3%, while benchmark indexes in Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 +0.03%  , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.43%  , Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI -0.51%   and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX -0.68%   all declined. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.94%   retreated 0.3%.

Among individual stocks, oil producer Inpex /zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed JP:1605 -1.58%   fell in Tokyo trading, as did Canon /zigman2/quotes/207639533/delayed JP:7751 -1.34%   and SoftBank /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 -2.86%  . In Hong Kong, CNOOC /zigman2/quotes/203421416/delayed HK:883 -0.17%   dropped, along with Galaxy Entertainment /zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed HK:27 +0.91%   and Tencent /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 -0.24%  . LG Electronics /zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed KR:066570 -0.16%   sank in South Korea. In Australia, Beach Energy /zigman2/quotes/200513631/delayed AU:BPT -1.38%  , Oil Search /zigman2/quotes/204702973/delayed AU:OSH -0.61%   and BHP /zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed AU:BHP -2.89%   declined.

“Investors are back focusing on worst-case scenarios despite overly accommodating central bank policies,” Stephen Innes, managing partner at Vanguard Markets, said in a Thursday note. And with no movement on trade talks, “markets have returned to an elevated state of caution,” he wrote.

On Wall Street, stocks extended their losses into a second day as railroad operator CSX had its biggest drop in 11 years, pulling other industrial companies down with it. CSX /zigman2/quotes/208536759/composite CSX -0.77%   plunged 10.3% after saying it expects this year’s revenue to decline as much as 2%, after previously saying it expected growth.

Banks fell as investors worried lower interest rates will hurt profits. Investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade at their next policy meeting in two weeks.

Corporate earnings reports are getting into full swing this week, and investors have been mostly cautious in their assessments of them. Earnings are still expected to decline for S&P 500 companies in the second quarter.

Benchmark U.S. crude   gained 1 cent to $56.79 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 84 cents on Wednesday to close at $56.78. Brent crude  , used to price international oils, advanced 17 cents to $63.83 in London. It lost 69 cents the previous session to $63.66.

The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY +0.1920%   declined to 107.73 yen from Wednesday’s 107.97 yen.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
20,618.57
-58.65 -0.28%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 21, 2019 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
26,270.04
+38.50 +0.15%
Volume: 1.70M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:09p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
2,880.33
+0.33 +0.01%
Volume: 15.90B
Aug. 21, 2019 3:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,572.62
-1.50 -0.09%
Volume: 24.92B
Aug. 21, 2019 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
1,964.65
+4.40 +0.22%
Volume: 391,567
Aug. 21, 2019 6:01p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
10,525.80
+3.30 +0.03%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 21, 2019 1:33p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
3,122.57
-13.38 -0.43%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 21, 2019 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed
MY : Malaysia
1,594.59
-8.16 -0.51%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 21, 2019 5:05p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
6,252.97
-42.77 -0.68%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 21, 2019 4:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
6,483.30
-61.70 -0.94%
Volume: 675,773
Aug. 21, 2019 5:51p
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/zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 910.60
-14.60 -1.58%
Volume: 3.30M
Aug. 21, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
12.20
Dividend Yield
2.64%
Market Cap
¥1350.97 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥291.81M
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/zigman2/quotes/207639533/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 2,729.50
-37.00 -1.34%
Volume: 2.53M
Aug. 21, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
16.01
Dividend Yield
5.86%
Market Cap
¥2943.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥19.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 4,796.00
-141.00 -2.86%
Volume: 16.03M
Aug. 21, 2019 3:00p
P/E Ratio
4.70
Dividend Yield
0.46%
Market Cap
¥10222.90 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥126.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/203421416/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 11.60
-0.02 -0.17%
Volume: 32.07M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:08p
P/E Ratio
8.30
Dividend Yield
6.03%
Market Cap
HK$518.80 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$13.96M
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/zigman2/quotes/202884203/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 49.70
+0.45 +0.91%
Volume: 6.07M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:08p
P/E Ratio
16.62
Dividend Yield
1.83%
Market Cap
HK$213.27 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$1.44M
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/zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed
HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 332.60
-0.80 -0.24%
Volume: 10.43M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:08p
P/E Ratio
31.09
Dividend Yield
0.30%
Market Cap
HK$3169.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$8.27M
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/zigman2/quotes/209966407/delayed
KR : S. Korea: KRX
60,700.00
-100.00 -0.16%
Volume: 369,160
Aug. 21, 2019 3:30p
P/E Ratio
12.11
Dividend Yield
1.24%
Market Cap
₩10948.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/200513631/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 2.15
-0.03 -1.38%
Volume: 11.31M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:10p
P/E Ratio
8.51
Dividend Yield
0.93%
Market Cap
$4.97 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/204702973/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 6.53
-0.04 -0.61%
Volume: 6.24M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:10p
P/E Ratio
16.90
Dividend Yield
2.28%
Market Cap
$10.02 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.46M
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/zigman2/quotes/201448516/delayed
AU : Australia: Sydney
$ 35.25
-1.05 -2.89%
Volume: 8.62M
Aug. 21, 2019 4:10p
P/E Ratio
14.84
Dividend Yield
4.73%
Market Cap
$183.59 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/208536759/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 64.79
-0.50 -0.77%
Volume: 3.31M
Aug. 20, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
15.57
Dividend Yield
1.48%
Market Cap
$51.71 billion
Rev. per Employee
$544,444
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/zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled
US : Tullet Prebon
106.4320
+0.2040 +0.1920%
Volume: 0.0000
Aug. 21, 2019 7:12a
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