Asian stock markets posted broad declines in early trading Wednesday, after Wall Street finished weakly following a holiday weekend and European markets fell further after a pause on Monday.
There were broad early declines for Japanese stocks, even though the Nikkei
was only down 0.3%. Just five of the Topix’s 33 subindexes were higher. Shippers, airlines and real-estate firms led the declines, with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
down 2.2% and Mitsui Fudosan
off 2%. Amid trade and emerging-market worries, there’s also the aftermath of Typhoon Jebi, though few stocks appeared affected so far by the damage it caused in Japan.
Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years killed at least seven people and inflicted widespread damage to Japan’s west coast, and forced the indefinite closure of one of the country’s largest airports.
After a rebound Tuesday, Hong Kong stocks were underwater again, with tech names leading the pressure. The Hang Seng
was down 1.5%, with Unicom
and China Telecom
both down about 1% after jumping yesterday on the potential of the state-controlled wireless firms merging. Meanwhile, internet giant and index heavyweight Tencent
was down 2.5%, reversing Tuesday’s rebound.
Chinese stocks opened lower after a weeklong losing streak ended Tuesday. The Shanghai Composite
was down 0.6% and the Shenzhen Composite
was down some 0.7% despite new data that found the economy posted stronger-than-expected second-quarter GDP growth. Stocks were also down in New Zealand
sank more than 1%, dragging down South Korea’s Kospi
. Benchmark indexes in Taiwan
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