A employee checks the ground close to the display displaying the Korea Composite Inventory Value Index (KOSPI) on the Korea Alternate in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Shares had been decrease in Asia on Monday, extending the most recent losses on Wall Road, as China reported a slowdown in exports. (AP Picture/Lee Jin-man) The Related Press
By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Enterprise Author
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares had been decrease in Asia on Monday, extending the most recent losses on Wall Road, as China reported a slowdown in exports.
KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hold Seng index misplaced 1.four % to 26,299.19 whereas the Shanghai Composite fell 0.6 % to 2,539.59. The Kospi in South Korea declined 0.7 % to 2,061.25 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gave up 0.three % to five,757.50. India’s Sensex dropped 0.6 % to 35,801.95. Shares additionally fell in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Japan’s markets had been closed for a vacation.
CHINA TRADE: China mentioned Monday that its exports to the U.S. contracted in December though its total commerce surplus with the U.S. hit a report $323 billion in 2018. Exports to the U.S. rose 11.three % to $478.four billion for the yr regardless of punitive tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump in a combat over Chinese language know-how ambitions. The customs knowledge confirmed imports of American items rose simply 0.7 % over 2017, reflecting the influence of Beijing’s retaliatory tariffs and encouragement to importers to purchase extra from non-U.S. suppliers.
WALL STREET FRIDAY: U.S. inventory indexes completed a hair decrease on Friday after the falling worth of oil weighed on power firms. The S&P 500 nonetheless closed out its third straight successful week following a brutal stretch in December, edging 0.1 % decrease to 2,596.26. The Dow Jones Industrial Common dipped lower than 0.1 % to 23,995.95 and the Nasdaq composite misplaced 0.2 %, to six,971.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller shares ticked up 0.1 % to 1,447.38.
ANALYST’S VIEWPOINT: “Threat has continued to veer averse in the present day as pre-earnings jitters amid a torrent of turbulent crosscurrents have traders adopting a extra defensive method even after the Fed indicated endurance on additional price hikes,” Stephen Innes of Oanda mentioned in a commentary.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gave up 50 cents to $51.09 per barrel in digital buying and selling on the New York Mercantile Alternate. It misplaced 1.9 % to settle at $51.59 per barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the worldwide normal, misplaced 60 cents to $59.88. It sank 1.9 % to $60.48 a barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The greenback was buying and selling at 108.13 yen, down from 108.48 yen on Friday. The euro rose to $1.1474 from $1.1466.
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