Article / 03 August 2017 at 7:00 GMT

Morning Markets: Asian stocks retreat despite record-high Dow

Consulting editor / TradingFloor




  • Australia: International trade in goods and services (published)
  • France: Services PMI (0750 GMT)
  • Germany: Services PMI (0755 GMT)
  • Eurozone: Services PMI (0800 GMT)
  • UK: CIPS/Markit services PMI (0830 GMT)
  • EU: Retail trade (0900 GMT)
  • Czech Republic: Interest-rate decision (1100 GMT)
  • UK: Bank of England interest-rate decision (1100 GMT)
  • US: Weekly jobless claims (1230 GMT)
  • US: ISM non-manufacturing report on business (1400 GMT)
  • US: Manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders, M3 (1400 GMT)
  • US: EIA weekly natural gas storage report (1430 GMT)

Asian shares fell broadly on Thursday, though the US dollar firmed against the region's currencies and the Dow industrials closed at a new record high overnight — above 22,000 points for the first time. It was the sixth consecutive record closing for the Dow.

The sharpest falls in Asian equities were in Korea, where the Kospi Composite index slumped on news of a planned corporate tax hike. In Hong Kong, an extended rally ran out of steam after reaching a two-year peak.

The USD gained in Asian trading after weakening briefly through 1.19 to the euro on Wednesday, crossing that level for the first since the start of 2015.

The corporate earnings season continues.  BMW profits rose on record car sales to China, and Siemens profits beat estimates though the conglomerate reported weaker orders for its ts renewable energy and  power and gas units.

The Bank of England is scheduled to announce the results of its policy meeting at Bank at 1100 GMT, and French, German and Eurozone PMIs are due soon.

Market signals

Asian session

  • Most Asian markets retreated today, mostly in response to domestic corporate earnings
  • Korea's Kospi Composite fell on a news of a hike in corporate tax
  • The Kospi composite was down 1.68% to 2,386.85 at 0509 GMT
  • Japan's Nikkei 225 tumbled, giving up Wednesday's gains
  • Nikkei 225 was down 0.28% to 20,024.37 at 0510 GMT
  • Japan's services PMI came in at 52.0 for July, down from 53.3 in June
  • China's Caixin services PMI came in at 51.5 in July vs 51.6 in June
  • China's July composite PMI came in at 51.9, the highest since March (June was 51.1)
  • The Shanghai Composite was down 0.21% to 3,278.10 at 0405 GMT
  • A lengthy share rally spluttered to an end in Hong Kong, after reaching a two-year peak
  • The Hang Seng was down 0.13% to 27,571.80 at 0530 GMT
  • Australia's services PMI came in at 56.4 for July, up from 54.8 in June
  • Australia's trade surplus narrowed in June, to $A856mln; $A1.8bn had been expected
  • The S&P/ASX200 closed down 0.28% at 5,728.40
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia is facing court action over alleged money laundering
  • New Zealand's monthly commodity prices fell 0.8% in July
  • The Auckland, NZ housing market had its quietest July for seven years 

Forex ahead

  • USD firmed slightly in Asian trade after falling to 15-month lows overnight
  • But USD lost ground against the yen; it was worth ¥110.6560 at 0528 GMT
  • Australian dollar edged slightly lower; it was worth 0.7935 at 0528 GMT

From the Floor

Bank of England. “Any rate outlook from here is about a one-rate-hike normalisation rather than a bigger programme,” says Hardy.

Slowdown. “What we are seeing in equities is a slowdown in many markets,” says Garry.

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In opinion

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Lowdown on the nonfarm
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Bank of England

 An announcement from the BoE's policy meeting is expected on 
Thursday at 1100 GMT. Photo: Bank of England website

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