Asian Stocks Set for More Losses as Traders Brace for China Data

Asian index futures signaled further losses for the region’s stocks, with a swathe of data on China’s economy expected to be the focus of Tuesday trading. The yen maintained declines following a rebound in some high-yielding currencies.

New Zealand shares opened marginally lower, while contracts on Japanese equities foreshadowed a fourth straight day of losses, after global stocks slid to their lowest level since July 2013 on Monday, with U.S. markets closed for a holiday. The yen was steady following a retreat of more than 0.2 percent with the euro, while Australian 10-year bonds were little changed for a second day. Brent oil settled at a 12-year low last session, after breaching $ 28 a barrel on Iran’s plans to bolster crude output following the removal of international sanctions. China’s yuan climbed a third day ahead of the economic data.

China’s slowdown has soured sentiment toward Asian equities since last year’s August rout.

New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 Index dropped 0.2 percent as of 7:36 a.m. Tokyo time, following Monday’s 1.1 percent decline, while futures on the S&P/ASX 200 Index in Sydney fell 0.6 percent.

In Japan, Nikkei 225 Stock Average futures were down 0.2 percent to 16,830 in Osaka, amid a 0.3 percent rally in yen-denominated index contracts traded in Chicago. Futures on the Kospi index in Seoul declined 0.3 percent.

Hang Seng Index futures retreated 0.3 percent in most recent trading, with those on the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, a gauge of mainland equities listed in Hong Kong, signaling a drop of 0.2 percent. The measure slid to its lowest level since October 2011 on Monday. FTSE China A50 Index futures gained 1 percent following a 0.4 percent climb in the Shanghai Composite Index last session.

As well as the Chinese data dump, investors are bracing for an update on Japanese machine tool orders and the Hong Kong jobless rate. Trading in Treasuries will resume as American markets restart following the public holiday.

Source: Bloomberg


U.S. Stocks Set to Continue Selloff as Investors Brace For Wild Swings

U.S. stock futures slumped on Tuesday, indicating another day of sharp losses ahead, after a surprise cash injection from China’s central bank failed to calm investors’ nerves.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average  lost 127 points, or 0.7%, to 16,958, while those for the S&P 500 index  dropped 15.35 points, or 0.8%, to 1,993.75. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index  fell 33.50 points, or 0.7%, to 4,471.

On Monday, all three benchmarks posted steep losses, with the S&P 500  marking the worst start to a new year in more than a decade. The moves in the U.S. came after a steep fall in Chinese stocks prompted a halt to trading, sparking a selloff in global equities.

“The cause for the global meltdown in stock markets was attributed to concerns on global growth, highlighted by weaker than expected factory data from China and geopolitical tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” said David Papier, sales trading team leader, at ETX Capital, in a note.


Source : Marketwatch