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Stocks blog: Hang Seng Index drops to its lowest level since January 3

  • No imminent recovery for Hang Seng as poor earnings worsen decline, Geo Securities says 
  • Shanghai Composite, CSI 300 swing to losses 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

What does Tuesday hold for markets in Hong Kong and mainland China? Monday was supposed to be all about the US-China trade war weighing on sentiment. 

But the Hong Kong protests have assumed more importance in the special administrative region, best illustrated by flag-carrier Cathay Pacific moving swiftly to head off potentially being locked out of the lucrative mainland market. And that is before the airport shut down and all hell broke loose. How will the city deal with the fallout on Tuesday?

In China, markets reacted favourably to regulators relaxing rules around short selling and margin financing, but will that optimism last? If so, for how long?

Stay with us, Louise Moon and Azar Zaidi in Hong Kong, as we try and make sense of another day of trading on the bourses of the city and the mainland.