Regulators said they would allow the State Pension Fund to invest up to 30 percent of its total net assets in stocks and other equities, but that move was an approval of a policy announced earlier and had no discernable impact on investor sentiment.
Hong Kong fell 1.53 per cent, or 347.85 points, to finish the day at 22,409.62 – its lowest point since May 2014 – taking it into a bear market after a more than 20 per cent slump from its April peak. The Nikkei 225 index ended day down 0.9% at 20,033.52 points....
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.
A private factory gauge unexpectedly fell to the lowest level in more than six years, data Friday showed. At the same time, policy makers also expressed concerns that given recent drops in commodity prices inflation is still too low to justify an interest rate increase.