A turning point for Hong KongThe major reason US investors should pay attention to Hong Kong is that its performance relative to the Shanghai Composite will in large part define the future course of the stock market in China.
China’s central bank today (Aug 25) cut interest rates and lowered the amount of reserves the country’s banks must hold, cranking up support for a stuttering economy and a plummeting stock market that has sent shockwaves around the globe.
The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, on Tuesday morning moved to devalue its tightly controlled currency, the Yuan, following weaker than expected Chinese import and Export data over the weekend.
The US stock market has rebounded slightly following an early trading plunge in the wake of a big drop in Chinese stocks. Minutes after the opening bell Monday, the major indices tumbled wildly, making Friday’s 530-point sell-off in the Dow look like a minor blip, but...
Behind that were signs Beijing is struggling to prevent a stall in the world’s second largest economy, and that its actions, like the devaluation of the Yuan last week, was having a negative impact throughout emerging markets and would drag in developed economies as well.
A “correction” is a Wall Street term for when an index like the Dow industrials or the Nasdaq – or an individual stock – falls 10 percent from its most-recent high. Crude oil briefly dipped below $40 a barrel for the first time since March of 2009.