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Stock market news: Global markets sell-off as investors fears return



China stock trader
investor watches a board showing stock information at a brokerage
office in Beijing, China.

Reuters/Jason Lee

  • Global markets fall once again after brief two-day
    relief rally.
  • A “poisonous brewing cauldron of geopolitical and
    economic issues” is to blame for the risk-off sentiment
    gripping investors.
  • Losses are led by Asia, which has seen virtually all
    major indexes drop more than 2% on Tuesday.
  • Europe is following suit, with Germany’s DAX down more
    than 1.2%. US futures are also pointing to substantial
  • You can
    follow the latest developments in global markets at Markets

Global markets slumped once again on Tuesday as the continent’s
two-day-long relief rally came to an abrupt end, thanks to a
cocktail of negative drivers.

All major Asian indexes lost ground during Tuesday’s session,
with the FTSE China A50 the biggest casualty, down more than 3%.
Other mainland Chinese indexes lost more than 2%, with the
Shanghai and Shenzhen Composite indexes both down around

Losses were not contained to China, however, with Japan’s Nikkei
losing 2.7%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropping close to 3% after
a sharp fall into the close.

There was no single catalyst for the losses, with growing
geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and the West over the
death of journalist Jamal Khashosggi, resurfaced fears about
President Trump’s trade war, and generally waning confidence in
the Chinese economy all partially to blame.

“Big swings in the Chinese markets continued, with the previous
two-day rally moving sharply into reverse. After mulling over
Chinese stimulus plans the market is seeing these stimulus
measures as cushioning a fall rather than boosting the economy,”
Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group said in a
morning briefing.

“It was all too much for the markets on Tuesday. The poisonous
brewing cauldron of geopolitical and economic issues led to one
of those opens as nuance-less as it was red,” Connor Campbell,
analyst at Spreadex added.

Fears abound that the sell-off in China could get worse as

a wave of forced share selling kicks in for Chinese companies who
use their shares as colleteral for loans.

According to Bloomberg,
about 4.18 trillion yuan ($603 billion,) worth of shares have
been put up by company founders and other major investors as
collateral for loans, accounting for about 11% of the country’s
stock market capitalization, based on calculations using China
Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation data.

The South China Morning Post, citing a report by Tianfeng
Securities, said earlier in the week tha tmore
than 600 company stocks have fallen to levels where forced sales
may kick in.

“It’s a vicious cycle: share drops lead to liquidation and
liquidation leads to further share drops,” Wang Zheng, chief
investment officer at Jingxi Investment Management
told the
South China Morning Post last week.

European stocks have also witnessed losses in the first hour of
trading, although not as severe as those in Asia. By 8.40 a.m.
BST (3.40 a.m. ET), Germany’s DAX has dropped 1.2%, while the
UK’s benchmark FTSE 100 index is around 0.7% lower. The Euro
Stoxx 50 broad index is down 0.8%.

“Sentiment continues to take a hit from a combination of
geopolitical tensions including the growing isolation of Saudi
Arabia, Italy’s defiant stance towards the ECB and Brexit,”
Lawler said.

US futures are also pointing to big losses when markets open
stateside, with the Nasdaq pointing to an opening loss of 1.1%,
while both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones look to fall around

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