Equities Back Under Pressure Amid China Concerns: Markets Wrap

Stocks declined Tuesday as the rally in global equities lost momentum and investors fretted over China’s tepid post-pandemic recovery.

(Bloomberg) — Stocks declined Tuesday as the rally in global equities lost momentum and investors fretted over China’s tepid post-pandemic recovery.

Shares fell from Hong Kong and Shanghai to Tokyo and Seoul while futures for US benchmarks also slipped after Wall Street was shut for a holiday Monday. Australian equities bucked the trend, eking out a small gain. 

The moves pointed to further anxiety about Chinese growth and the lack of fresh stimulus from Beijing. Chinese property companies were among the biggest decliners Tuesday after disappointment at the magnitude of cuts by banks to their lending rates, with the 10-basis points reduction to the five-year rate coming in less than some projections. 

“The market was hoping to get a 15-bps cut to the 5-year LPR for any signal of stronger support to the property market,” said Redmond Wong, strategist at Saxo Capital Markets. prop

The yen recovered slightly after earlier weakening back to 142 versus the dollar as Japan’s loose monetary policy weighs on the currency. The yuan weakened slightly, taking declines to a third day.

The cost for banks to borrow Hong Kong dollars from each other for a month rose to the highest level since 2007. The move comes after prolonged currency intervention shrank the city’s liquidity pool and demand for cash climbed. 

The Australian dollar dropped 0.7% after minutes from the latest central bank decision — when rates were unexpectedly hiked — showed that the case to move in either direction was finely balanced.

Short-term yields on Australian government bonds changed direction and fell after the central bank minutes were released. US Treasury yields rose after a break from trading Monday. 

Meanwhile, with the path of Federal Reserve interest rates increasingly uncertain, US traders are vacillating between the lure of the rally and concern it’s exhausted and that the market has become overbought.

Looking ahead, Fed Chair Jerome Powell will give his semi-annual report to Congress on Wednesday. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard and his counterparts in New York and Chicago are also among this week’s speakers.

Policymakers at the Fed kept interest rates unchanged at their latest meeting but warned of more tightening ahead. The decision last week came with forecasts for higher borrowing costs of 5.6% in 2023, implying two additional quarter-point rate hikes or one half-point increase before the end of the year.

Elsewhere in markets, gold was little changed while oil fell as China’s plans to support its economy were seen as insufficient to reignite demand.

Key events this week:

  • US housing starts, Tuesday
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks, Tuesday
  • New York Fed President John Williams speaks, Tuesday
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell delivers semi-annual congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Wednesday
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Austan Goolsbee speaks, Wednesday
  • Eurozone consumer confidence, Thursday
  • Rate decisions in UK, Switzerland, Indonesia, Norway, Mexico, Philippines, Turkey, Thursday
  • US Conference Board leading index, initial jobless claims, current account, existing home sales, Thursday
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell delivers semi-annual testimony to Congress before the Senate Banking Committee, Thursday
  • Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester speaks, Thursday
  • Eurozone S&P Global Eurozone Manufacturing PMI, S&P Global Eurozone Services PMI, Friday
  • Japan CPI, Friday
  • US S&P Global Manufacturing PMI, Friday
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks, Friday

Some of the main moves in markets:


  • S&P 500 futures fell 0.2% as of 1:40 p.m. Tokyo time
  • Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.2%
  • Japan’s Topix fell 0.6%
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 1%
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.5%
  • The Shanghai Composite fell 0.2%
  • Euro Stoxx 50 futures were little changed


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
  • The euro was little changed at $1.0916
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 141.89 per dollar
  • The offshore yuan fell 0.2% to 7.1786 per dollar
  • The Australian dollar fell 0.7% to $0.6803


  • Bitcoin rose 0.8% to $26,937.12
  • Ether was little changed at $1,730.28


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced three basis points to 3.80%
  • Japan’s 10-year yield fell 0.5 basis point to 0.380%
  • Australia’s 10-year yield advanced five basis points to 4.02%


  • West Texas Intermediate crude fell 1.3% to $70.88 a barrel
  • Spot gold was little changed

This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.

–With assistance from Jason Scott, Richard Henderson and Charlotte Yang.

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