Article / 02 January 2017 at 8:00 GMT

Morning Markets: Asian equities limp into 2017



  • India: Manufacturing PMI (0500 GMT) 
  • Brazil: Manufacturing PMI (1200 GMT)
The 2017 trading year has kicked off to a soggy start with the only two major regional markets that were open – India and South Korea – ending flat to lower while bourses in Australia, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand were closed for national public holidays. European markets will likely be rather quiet too as participants ramp up slowly to the new year.

It's also a rather tame day in terms of economic data with only a scattering of PMIs to take on board. For the rest of the week, the most captivating points of interest will be the ongoing administration handover from US president Obama to Donald Trump. Friday's nonfarm payrolls will also command attention.

Overnight, we heard that China's manufacturing sector showed signs of strengthening in December, with the PMI hitting a high of 51.4. The services PMI for Asia's largest economy was upbeat as well. But Chinese citizens are paying a heavy price for economic growth, with industrial haze blanketing the north of the nation this week. 

Market signals

Asian session

  • China's Manufacturing PMI came in at 51.4 for December, a post-2012 high
  • China's Services PMI for December was a robust 54.5
  • Highways are closed and flights have been disrupted in northern China by heavy smog
  • The haze became severe on January 1, and could last until later this week
  • Thailand had the top-performing stock market in south-east Asia in 2016, rising 19.62%
  • Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index gained 15.32% in 2016; it was second in the region
  • India's BSE was open for trading today
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi defended his poorly implemented banknote crackdown
  • Modi announced cash handouts, cheap loans and tax breaks
  • The Tokyo Stock Exchange is closed on January 2 and 3, for public holidays
  • Bourses in Australia, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand were closed today

Forex ahead

  • The US dollar lost ground against the yen; it was worth ¥116.7750 at 0156 GMT
  • The yuan hovered near 7 to the US dollar; USD was buying 6.9721 yuan at 0157 GMT
  • The Australian dollar held above 0.72; it was worth 0.7215 at 0158 GMT

From the Floor will return on January 3

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Manufacturing picked up in China in December, but people in smog-bound Beijing, Tianjin and other northern cities are paying a heavy environmental price for industrial growth. Photo: iStock

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