Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Asian shares slip as China manufacturing data weighs  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 22/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly fell with downbeat Chinese manufacturing data dragging down Hong Kong and Shanghai as concerns grew about the pace of recovery in the world's second-largest economy.

But Tokyo bucked the trend gaining 0.85 percent or 131.75 points to 15586.20 after US Federal Reserve minutes suggested interest rates may be hiked sooner than expected.

Seoul dropped 1.38 percent or 28.57 points to 2044.21 Hong Kong lost 0.66 percent or 165.66 points to 24994.1 Shanghai slid 0.44 percent or 9.75 points to 2230.46 while Sydney ended flat edging up 4.3 points to 5638.9.

Traders were focused on China as the HSBC preliminary purchasing managers index (PMI) which tracks activity in the country's factories and workshops slipped to 50.3 in August.

The figure was down from a final reading of 51.7 in July and was the lowest for three months the British banking giant said in a statement.

The indicator is a closely watched gauge of the health of the Asian economic powerhouse with a reading above 50 indicating the sector is expanding.

'Today's data suggest that the economic recovery is still continuing but its momentum has slowed again' HSBC economist Qu Hongbin said in the statement.

The downward trend in Asian markets came despite a positive lead from Wall Street where the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.35 percent at 16979.13 on Wednesday.

Minutes from the July 29-30 Fed meeting showed policy makers increasingly at odds over how strong the US labor market is and what that means for inflation a key issue in planning rate hikes next year.

The intensifying debate signalled an increased albeit still measured level of hawkish sentiment in the Fed that could speed up any rate hike.

Easing fears about the geopolitical crisis in Ukraine has fueled investor optimism ahead of a speech by the head of the US Federal Reserve.

Slow growth low interest rates and tepid inflation on both sides of the Atlantic will be in focus when heads of the US and European central banks meet in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

All eyes will focus on Janet Yellen the Federal Reserve chair and Mario Draghi her counterpart at the European Central Bank with observers looking and listening for signs of what they plan for interest rates.


Yellen is facing calls to begin raising interest rates soon after US measures aimed at stimulating the world's biggest economy are wound up in October.

In forex markets the dollar was at 103.86 yen in afternoon Asian trade up from 103.76 yen in New York late Wednesday.

The euro fetched 1.3244 and 137.55 yen against 1.3258 and 137.57 yen in US trade.

In oil markets US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery was down 27 cents at 93.18 while Brent for October eased 26 cents to 102.02 in afternoon trade.

Gold traded at 1282.27 an ounce at 1045 GMT compared to 1294.76 an ounce late Wednesday.

In other markets:

Mumbai eased 0.17 percent or 45.82 points to end at 26360.11 points.

Bhushan Steel fell 4.97 percent to 130.85 rupees while Amara Raja Batteries fell 4.38 percent to 571.00 rupees.

Bangkok rose 0.04 percent or 0.64 points to 1551.41.

Telecoms company True Corp. lost 4.55 percent to 10.50 baht while power giant Electricity Generating Public Co. gained 4.75 percent to 165.50 baht.

Jakarta ended up 0.31 percent or 15.97 points at 5206.14.

Lender Bank Negara Indonesia gained 1.89 percent to 5400 rupiah while palm oil firm Astra Agro Lestari slipped 0.66 percent to 26175 rupiah.

Kuala Lumpur lost 0.22 percent or 4.08 points to close at 1874.81.

Malayan Banking fell 0.2 percent to 10.06 ringgit while plantation giant Sime Darby shed 0.2 percent to 9.48. SapuraKencana Petroleum added 1.5 percent to 4.19 ringgit.

Singapore rose 0.01 percent or 0.44 points to 3324.09.

United Overseas Bank was down 0.04 percent to Sg22.86 while Singapore Airlines declined 0.40 percent to Sg10.00.

Wellington rose 0.24 percent or 12.58 points to 5152.92.

Air New Zealand was up 0.71 percent at NZ2.13 and Spark lifting 0.34 percent to NZ2.91.

Taipei fell 0.37 percent or 34.67 points to 9253.38.

HTC fell 1.55 percent to Tw127.0 while TSMC was 0.8 percent lower at Tw124.5.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 May 3 2016 - Saudi- President of Turkmenistan Performs UmrahSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Makkah Rajab 26 1437 May 3 2016 SPA -- President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan and his accompanying delegation performed Umrah rites heree yesterday. At ...

 May 3 2016 - Saudi- Turkmenistan's President Arrives in MadinahSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Madinah Rajab 26 1437 May 03 2016 SPA -- President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Republic of Turkmenistan arrived in Madinah today to pay a visit and pray at the ...

 May 3 2016 - Saudi- Turkmenistan's President Leaves MadinahSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Madinah Rajab 26 1437 May 03 2016 SPA -- President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Republic of Turkmenistan left Madinah today. At Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz ...

 May 3 2016 - Saudi- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Receives President of Burkina Faso Holds Luncheon in his HonorSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh Rajab 26 1437 May 3 2016 SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah palace here today President Roch ...

 May 3 2016 - Stuttgart Germany Rajab 26 1437 May 03 2016 SPA -- A US soldier has been killed in fighting near the Iraqi city of Erbil US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday during a visit to the southern German city of Stuttgart dpa reported.Saudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) The soldier who was part of the US-led military coalition against the ISIS extremist group died in combat but the exact circumstances of his death are not yet known ...

 May 3 2016 - Qatar- A hot day with temperature approximately 40 degreeThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Doha: The weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Tuesday inshore will be hot during the day with slight dust at places at times and some clouds offshore will be hazy ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- Jafza s trade with Netherlands reaches US732 millionEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- The number of Dutch companies represented in the Jebel Ali Free Zone Jafza has grown steadily over the past few years up to 105 ...

 May 3 2016 - Saudi FM warns of dangerous situation in SyriaEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) GENEVA 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir warned of the danger of the situation in Syria pointing out that unless there was a ...

 May 3 2016 - Oil price upward trend to continue: Kuwait Petroleum InternationalEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) BRUSSELS 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Bakheet Al-Rashidi President and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International KPI also known as Q8 has said that the recent upward ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- Children's National Medical Centre shares innovative insights in the treatment and diagnosis of cerebral palsy at Latifa HospitalEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- A multi disciplinary team consisting of a paediatric physiatrist paediatric occupational therapist and paediatric physical ...

 May 3 2016 - Kuwait Cabinet condemns Syrian regime s airstrikes on civilian targets in AleppoEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) KUWAIT 2nd May 2016 (WAM) -- The Kuwaiti Cabinet has condemned the Syrian regime's continued airstrikes on civilian gathering places residential areas and ...

 May 3 2016 - Pope Francis Joe Biden praise efforts of UAE and Sultan Bin Khalifa Humanitarian and Scientific FoundationEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ROME 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Pope Francis has praised the United Arab Emirates and the Sultan bin Khalifa Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation for their ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- FNC delegation arrives in Amman to participate in WIP Global SummitEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) AMMAN 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi Speaker of Federal National Council FNC has arrived in Jordan at the head of the UAE delegation to ...

 May 3 2016 - Lana Nusseibeh highlights UAE's crucial contributions on multilateral global issues at the UNEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Lana Nusseibeh Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations has said that effective multilateral diplomacy ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- RAK Ruler receives Bangladeshi Consul-GeneralEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) RAS AL-KHAIMAH 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah today received at his office in ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- Amal Al Qubaisi meets former Vice President of European ParliamentEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) BRUSSELS 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi Speaker of the Federal National Council FNC and Silvana Koch-Mehrin former member of the ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- Minister of Infrastructure Development issues decision on total tonnage of shipsEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi Minister of Infrastructure Development Chairman of the Federal Transport ...

 May 3 2016 - UAE- Arab Interior Ministers Council calls for reconsideration of traffic safety strategiesEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) TUNISIA 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- The Arab Interior Ministers Council has called for the reconsideration of Arab strategies programmes and plans to tackle the ...

 May 3 2016 - Maktoum bin Mohammed honours winners of Dubai Quality AwardEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ...

 May 3 2016 - Jawaher Al Qasimi praises UAE's wise leadership for supporting children s rights and cancer patientsEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) SHARJAH 3rd May 2016 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help