Stock market action from around the world, with a focus on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia.
Despite reassurances by regulators that margin debt in China’s stock markets remains manageable, total leverage could be as much as US$645 billion - magnifying risks not just for retail investors, but also the thinly stretched corporate sector.Wednesday, 1 July, 2015, 8:22am
China’s interest rate cut over the weekend after the second Friday in a row for stocks, didn’t help calm nerves and investors had one of most volatile trading sessions ever. (Photo: Xinhua)
Shanghai and Shenzhen markets fell the most in six weeks due to regulatory concerns while Hong Kong also hit a weekly low on Friday morning in step with weak overseas market sentiment on worries over the Greek debt crisis.26 Jun 2015 - 12:52pm 1 comment
A weaker close in mainland Chinese markets amid new listings had little impact in Hong Kong where the government's failure to pass an electoral reform package barely registered in stock movements.
Strong selling in the afternoon on Thursday saw the Shanghai Composite Index finish 3.67 per cent lower at 4,785.36 points.18 Jun 2015 - 11:35pm
Hong Kong stocks bounced backed from a two-month low on bargain hunting on Wednesday, though low turnover suggested some investors were still waiting on the sidelines.18 Jun 2015 - 1:18pm 1 comment
Companies and corporate chiefs are making the most of a sizzling rally in the Hong Kong stock market with some well-timed sell-downs.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm 2 comments
WuXi PharmaTech Cayman, a Chinese biotechnology company, fell the most in nine months in New York on Friday after its capital spending forecast exceeded estimates and Goldman Sachs cut the stock to neutral from buy.
WuXi dropped 7.2 per cent to US$38.01, the biggest decline since May last year.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
Solar power firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, whose spectacular rise in the past week has wowed investors but drew analyst concerns of a stock bubble, has left many questions hanging around its lofty share valuation.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
The Nikkei Stock Average ended at a more than seven-year high on Monday after data showed the Japanese economy rebounded from recession in the last quarter of 2014.
The 225-issue index ended up 91.41 points, or 0.51 per cent, at 18,004.77, the highest close since July 2007.
It rose as high as 18,074.26 points during the day.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
Any rally in China's stock market could be held back by regulatory steps taken late last year to crack down on trading irregularities, traders say.
The market-cooling measures resulted in a reduction and stabilisation of settlement funds and margin borrowing during the second half of January, after steep rises during the stock market's rapid ascent late last year.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
The divide in Hong Kong's stock market between the city's own companies and those that make most of their money in mainland China will only get bigger.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
The share price gap between mainland property developers listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai will continue despite the scheme linking the two markets.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
Just below the surface of the mainland's world-beating equity rally, signs of trouble are emerging.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm
It did not take long for the flood of borrowed money to come pouring back into mainland stocks.
After a two-day decline spurred by regulatory efforts on January 16 to curb margin lending by some of the biggest brokerages, the value of shares bought with borrowed cash has rebounded to a record high.17 Apr 2015 - 3:53pm