The Asian stock markets presented a varied picture upon closure, reflecting divergent trends across major indices. Notably, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng experienced a substantial downturn, closing at 17,454.19 points, marking a significant drop of 378.63 points or -2.12%. The market felt the weight of Alibaba’s staggering share price decline, triggered by the company’s announcement of abandoning its cloud business restructuring. The decision was prompted by US government measures regulating AI chip usage, exacerbating concerns within the market.
Contrastingly, China’s Shanghai Composite index exhibited a positive trend, concluding at 3,054.37 points, with a marginal increase of 3.44 points or +0.11%. Reports surfaced regarding the Chinese government’s directive to major banks to impose limitations on interbank lending rate ceilings, a move intended to address ongoing liquidity concerns.
South Korea’s Composite Index (KOSPI) encountered a decline, closing at 2,469.85 points, down by 18.33 points or -0.74%. This downturn followed three consecutive days of positive closures, coinciding with expectations surrounding the Federal Reserve’s potential cessation of interest rate hikes. The market response was shaped by recent US data signaling economic deceleration and inflation. Meanwhile, the won currency maintained stability against the US dollar.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 experienced a downtrend, concluding at 7,049.40 points, declining by 9 points or -0.13%. Similarly, the All Ordinaries index closed at 7,261.00 points, down by 8.50 points or -0.12%. Investors in Australia remained concerned about the persisting labor market slowdown, contributing to market apprehensions.
In contrast, Tokyo’s Nikkei exhibited a positive trajectory, closing at 33,585.20 points, showcasing an increase of 160.79 points or +0.48%. The index achieved a four-month peak, bolstered by favorable performance reports from listed Japanese companies, underpinning market confidence.
The diversified closures across Asian markets underscore the distinct impacts of regional and global factors influencing investor sentiment, amplifying volatility across various indices.