Asia-Pacific Stocks

Stocks Rallied in Asia

On Monday, September 5, stocks rallied in Asia. Japan’s Nikkei and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng also recovered. Australian stocks were too strong.

Japanese stocks were broadly higher thanks partly to a weaker yen after the news of President Trump’s infection with coronavirus dented the market on Friday.

Moreover, auto, railway, and financial stocks witnessed gains. For example, Subaru Corporation, an automaker company, boosted 4.7% while Central Japan Railway increased by 4.1%, and Dai-ichi life holdings climbed 4.9%.

The Nikkei Stock Average is up 1.3% early. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 1.5% in initial trading.

Tech and Property Stocks Become the Best Performers

Significantly tech stocks are among the best performers as Tencent Holdings, a Chinese multinational technology conglomerate holding company, increased by 2.8%. Xiaomi, an electronics company, boosted by 1.5%. At the same time, Sunny Optical Technology gained 0.5%.

Property stocks are also among the best performers. For example, Hang Lung Properties rose 2.7%, Henderson Land Development boosted 1.5%, while Sun Hung Kai Properties advanced 0.7%.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation decreased by 4.5% after announcing that export controls imposed by the U.S. could harm its operations.

Australia’s benchmark stock index increased by more than 2% early Monday. This was because analysts saw the reason for optimism in the country’s retail sales data. Except for Victoria state, where there were strict lockdown measures, August sales seemed better, posting 13% growth than 15% in July.

According to UBS, the bank favors retailers with attractive valuations. Those that might profit from the COVID-19 situation because they have a robust online presence or longer-term increase opportunities.

It names Woolworths, Harvey Norman, Adairs Metcash, Bapcor, and Collins UBS remarks that the national August retail spending increase reduced to 7%, compared with 12% in July.

New Zealand’s NZX-50 boosted in early trading. Infant formula marketing company a2 Milk grew 0.7%. This followed after dropping nearly 18% last week on a downgraded earnings outlook for 2021. Property for Industry rose by 1.5% after gaining an NZ $65 million industrial estate in Auckland to its commercial tenants’ portfolio.

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