Asian stocks dive on oil-led risk-aversion

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  1. FXStreet_Team

    FXStreet_Team Well-Known Member Trader

    Oct 7, 2015
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    FXStreet (Mumbai) - A renewed bout of risk-aversion hit the Asian markets at the start of a new trading week, after the Iranian news worsened the ongoing rout in oil prices. While PBOC’s latest efforts to stabilize the offshore yuan markets failed to bring relief to the markets.

    Over the weekend, Western sanctions on Iran were lifted, which heightened concerns over the Iranian oil flooding the already oversupplied markets and weighed heavily on oil prices. While China announced introduction of reserve ratio on offshore yuan accounts in a bid to stabilize the CNH.

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    The Japanese stocks are heavily sold-off, leading the decline in the Asian indices. The sharp losses in the indices can be attributed to the persisting risk-off sentiment after oil prices extend the rout. Meanwhile, USD/JPY trades 0.12% higher at 117.20 and the Nikkei drops nearly 2% to 16,814.

    The Australian stocks also all follow suit, with the S&P/ASX 200 index declining 1% to 4,843. The resource and energy stocks were the major losers amid oil price falls. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 0.44% at $30.23 a barrel, after declining 6.33% last week. Globally traded Brent futures shed 1.88% at $28.67 a barrel; it fell 8.27% over last week.

    The Chinese markets started the week on a positive note, as markets cheered PBOC’s new rules and a stronger yuan fix today. However, the gains were quickly reversed and the stocks turned in the red as risk-aversion grew across the board. The benchmark, the Shanghai Composite index is now losing -0.91% and trades at 2,875, Shenzhen’s CSI 300 index drops -0.76%. While Hong Kong’s the Hang Seng declines -1.61% to 19,205.
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