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Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index continues to slip following two-day rout; Asia stocks fall

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were lower in Wednesday morning trade, with stocks in Hong Kong struggling to recover from a two-day rout.

In morning trading on Wednesday, the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong slipped 0.28% after an earlier jump of more than 1%. That followed a more than 8% decline over two days earlier this week triggered by regulatory fears over sectors such as technology and private education.

Analysts at Bespoke Investment Group pointed out that there has only been one other period in 2011 when the Hang Seng declined more than 7.5% for two days. Since then, they wrote: “There hasn’t been a single two-day decline since the Financial Crisis that has exceeded the magnitude of the last two days.”

Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong, among the hardest hit in the recent sell-off, were mixed in Wednesday morning trade.

Shares of internet giant Tencent in Hong Kong dropped 4.39% while Alibaba slipped 1.39% and Meituan jumped 2.22%. The Hang Seng Tech index traded 0.54% lower.

Stocks of firms in the private education space, another sector hit by regulatory scrutiny, bounced: New Oriental Education & Technology Group gained 9.3% while Koolearn Technology jumped 8.12%.

Mainland Chinese stocks also continued slipping: The Shanghai composite fell 1.28% while the Shenzhen component declined 1.153%.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.21% in morning trade while the Topix index slipped 0.83%. South Korea’s Kospi shed about 0.1%.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia dipped 0.5%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.63% lower.

Stock watch

Mitsubishi Motors’ stock in Japan surged about 8% in Wednesday morning trade after the automaker upgraded its operating profit forecast by 33.3% for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.

Shares of Apple supplier stocks in Asia-Pacific were also watched by investors after the tech giant warned that chip supply constraints could impact iPhones and iPads this quarter.

In Wednesday morning trade, shares of Murata Manufacturing in Japan fell 1.19% while South Korea’s LG Display edged 2% higher.

Over in Taiwan, shares of Hon Hai Precision Industry dropped 2.24% while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s stock slipped 1.03%.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 92.454 following a recent drop from above 92.7.

The Japanese yen traded at 109.83 per dollar, stronger than levels above 110.4 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7361, above levels below $0.732 seen last week.

Oil prices were higher in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.54% to $74.88 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 0.64% to $72.11 per barrel.

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