Taiwan stocks hit their lowest in almost two months on Tuesday in volatile trading, tracking declines in some other regional markets, with a recovery in some heavyweights such as TSMC limiting the falls.
The main Taiex index was down 0.14 per cent at 8934.51 at 0315 GMT. It had dipped to as low as 8,885.55 earlier in the session, an intraday level not seen since July 15.
Taiwan’s market sentiment has been cautious, in part prompted by massive foreign selling. The electronics subindex sank 0.3 per cent, while the financials subindex lost 0.7 per cent.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s top contract chip maker and the market’s most heavily-weighted share, dipped nearly 1 per cent but recovered later.
HONG KONG Shares rallied in Hong Kong Tuesday morning after a top Federal Reserve official tempered comments from two colleagues on the possibility of a US rate hike this month.
The Hang Seng Index added 1.17 per cent, or 273.53 points, to 23,564.13.
And the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.10 per cent, or 3.05 points, to 3,025.03 while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, gained 0.54 per cent, or 10.71 points, to 1,987.77.
A STEEP Wall Street rebound overnight on dovish Federal Reserve comments failed to bring cheer to the Singapore stock market when it started trading on Tuesday, after a one-day public holiday.
At 9.02am, the benchmark Straits Times Index was down 39.47 points or 1.37 per cent at 2,833.86.
Some 92.4 million shares worth S$99.6 million were traded, with losers outpacing gainers 151 to 34.
Elsewhere in Asia, stocks joined the US equity rebound in the morning trading on the back of a continued dovish tone from Fed policymaker Lael Brainard in her approach to US monetary policy. This followed a sell-off on Monday stoked by rising bond yields and talk that US rates might rise as early as next week.
Taiwan stocks stayed flat near 14-month highs on Thursday, in line with other overseas markets, with TSMC and other suppliers of Apple Inc remaining little changed following the launch of new iPhones.
As of 0343 GMT, the main Taiex index was up 7 points at 9,266.63, after hitting its highest intraday level in 14 months in the prior session.
The electronics subindex was nearly flat, while the financials subindex gained 0.2 per cent.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), an Apple supplier and the world’s biggest contract chip maker, was trading flat.
The Taiwan dollar softened NT$0.043 to NT$31.283 per US dollar.
SINGAPORE shares opened almost flat on Thursday, with the Straits Times Index down by 1.61 points or 0.06 per cent to 2,892.04 points as at 9.01 am, after US stocks ended little changed on Wednesday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 11.98 points or 0.06 per cent to 18,526.14, but the Nasdaq Composite added 8.02 points or 0.15 per cent to a record close.
Trade on Wall Street large caps has been light ahead of the Federal Reserve rate hike decision and the US presidential election in November.
Recent economic data including last Friday’s weaker-than-expected jobs report suggest the Federal Reserve could hold off the rate hike for now although expectations are that the tightening may still happen later this year.
Some 46 million shares worth S$69.5 million changed hands, with gainers outnumbering losers 70 to 53.
THE following listed companies made material announcements before the opening of the Singapore market on Thursday:
TEE International, together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, was awarded new engineering contracts worth about S$95 million from August to September 2016, bringing the group’s total outstanding order book to about S$324 million.
Keppel Corp’s property arm, Keppel Land, on Wednesday said that it has signed a conditional joint venture agreement with Myanmar conglomerate Shwe Taung Group to develop premium serviced residences and offices in the next phase of Junction City.
Marco Polo Marine on Wednesday said that it has appointed KPMG Services as adviser to the group to conduct an independent review, in view of the upcoming maturity date of its notes on Oct 18.
Asian shares edged up on Tuesday as investors awaited the Reserve Bank of Australia’s policy meeting in which it is expected to keep interest rates steady.
European stocks touched an eight-month high on Monday, then reversed as trading wound down in the absence of US markets, which were closed for Labor Day.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 per cent.
Australian shares slipped 0.3 per cent ahead of the RBA’s announcement at 0430 GMT.