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Global Selloff Deepens as China Factory Data Revisit Crisis Lows

Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 10:39 PM

The selloff in riskier assets gained pace Wednesday as a preliminary Chinese manufacturing gauge plunged to the lowest level since the depths of the global financial crisis, sending stocks and commodity currencies tumbling and boosting sovereign bonds.

Asian stocks headed for their biggest three-day loss since August’s market rout as Chinese shares slid in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from Caixin Media and Markit Economics was at 47.0 for September, the lowest level since March 2009, when global equity markets bottomed after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Futures on shares in the U.S. and Japan, where markets are closed Wednesday, also tumbled. Australian bonds surged after the data.

“It’s a confirmation of fears that were existing in the market already that China is in fact doing worse than we had been led to believe and there’s a lot of uncertainty about where that economy really is,” said Emma Lawson, senior currency strategist at National Australia Bank Ltd. in Sydney. “Aussie has the justification to sell off.”

China’s manufacturing gauge, which hasn’t moved above the 50 level that marks the border between expansion and contraction since March, delivered further evidence that the slowdown cited by the Federal Reserve in its decision to hold rates still has further to run. The report comes after four Fed officials have come out saying a 2015 rate increase is still on the radar, saying the U.S. economy is strong enough to withstand transitory volatility from abroad.

 

The MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan Index fell 2.1 percent by 10:03 a.m. in Hong Kong, as the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index dropped 3 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index retreated 0.9 percent even after President Xi Jinping told a U.S. audience that the country’s stock market had reached a self-recovery phase.

Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 0.9 percent, while Singapore-traded contracts on Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average were down 3.5 percent. Markets in Tokyo resume Thursday following a three-day break.

The Australian dollar slumped 0.8 percent to 70.35 U.S. cents, while the yield on the country’s 10-year bonds dropped 10 basis points in the aftermath of the factory data. The S&P/ASX 200 Index plunged 1.8 percent.


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