Nikkei declines slightly; SMIC shares plunge in Hong Kong after threat of U.S. export restrictions
Asian markets were mixed in early trading Monday, following a sharp selloff on Wall Street last week.
Japan’s Nikkei 225
dipped 0.3% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index
gained 0.1%. The Shanghai Composite
declined 0.2% while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite
retreated 0.2%. South Korea’s Kospi
rose 0.7%, while benchmark indexes in Taiwan
were mixed. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200
were little changed.
Stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China improved after the release of data that showed China’s August exports were stronger than expected from the prior year, after another strong increase in July.
Shares of Chinese chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.
tumbled about 20% in Hong Kong trading after a Wall Street Journal report that the Trump administration is considering placing export restrictions against it, as it has with fellow chip maker Huawei Technologies.
U.S. markets are closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Last week, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite
saw a 3.3% weekly decline, its largest since March, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 1.8% and the S&P 500
“We view the latest selloff as a bout of profit-taking after a strong run,” said Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, in a note Friday.
“Stocks have had a nervy start to trading Monday after the massive two-day slide for global equities since June left investors on edge,” Stephen Innes, chief global markets strategist at AxiCorp, wrote in a note Monday. “In the short-term, more so with U.S. markets closed today, it should remain an extremely choppy affair, with bounces likely being sold by design.”
In energy trading, U.S. benchmark crude
fell to $39.34 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude
, the international standard, slipped to $42.30 a barrel.
inched up to 106.29 Japanese yen from 106.24 yen Friday.