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Asian markets mixed this morning, but the tone if anything positive with Japan again performing well up 2%, as the likelihood of an opposition win in next weeks' election increases and probable fresh easing with it. China again lagged being almost 1% lower as investors were sceptical of the ability of new leaders to maintain recent growth trends.

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Asian markets lower across the board with the exception of Japan, following US markets which closed sharply lower. Japanese stocks rose with the Nikkei up 1.9%, after the leader of the opposition called for unlimited easing to combat deflation. Despite the broad market strength Sony traded over 10% lower after issuing their first convertible bond issue in 10 years, and China's largest internet company Tencent traded 5% lower after missing earnings.

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Asian markets fell for a fourth consecutive day, as business confidence in Australia dropped to a reading of -1 from zero, its lowest reading for 3 years. China is actively seeking to expand property tax trials at an "appropriate" time.

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Asian markets fell to their lowest level in a month after data from Japan showed that the economy shrank by the most since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 as the country's dispute with China hurt trade. China released better than expected export data over the weekend rising 11.6% year on year. Sony fell over 2% after having their ratings cut by Moody's.

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Asian markets lower again as a number of companies in the region missed on earnings and the Australian central bank lowered their growth forecasts

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“The immediate market reaction was a sell-off in US equity futures which was surprising. We’ve seen that recover but it indicated that the market had already factored in an Obama victory. From the point of view of equities, it may be simply a case of ‘buy the rumour and sell the fact’. Selling pressure in the US dollar has given a boost to commodities and global equity markets elsewhere. However the result has taken away a great deal of uncertainty and investors may well resume their "risk on" m

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Asian markets are mainly lower this morning on light volume as the world awaits the outcome of the US general election

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Asian markets firmer this morning after positive economic data released out of the US yesterday. Sony rose over 2% whilst Sharp fell 2% after the company said there was a “material doubt” that the company would be able to survive. Goldman lowers their Japanese GDP forecast for 2012 to 0.9% from 1.9%.

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Asian markets mixed with the highlight being China's Shanghai Composite rising the most in 3 weeks, up around 2%, following better than expected manufacturing data. In Japan, Panasonic shares fell after reporting a much larger than expected loss of $9.6bn, Sony and Sharp are due to report today.

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Valbury Capital will provide new client consultations and platform demonstrations at the 10th Shanghai Banking Expo. Valbury Capital, a leading multi-asset broker, invites aspiring traders to join them at the 10th Shanghai International Finance and Money Fair taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre on November 23 – 25, 2012.

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Asian markets are firmer this morning, with notably South Korea's industrial output rising for the first time in 4 months. Elsewhere, GDP data released by Taiwan was better than expected and Singapore's jobless rate fell. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China gained over 1% in Hong Kong after better earnings, whilst PetroChina fell over 3% after missing with their results.

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Asian markets slightly lower having been higher earlier in the session, with expectations high that the BOJ will add further stimulus measures tomorrow at their policy meeting. Shares in property developers in Hong Kong fell after the government introduced it's first property tax aimed at overseas buyers, whilst Japan's largest mobile phone maker NTT Docomo fell almost 8% after warning on profits.

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Asian markets weaker overnight, with missed earnings from Apple and Amazon after US hours coupled with a miss from Hong Kong's China Unicom weighing on sentiment. Both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing beat estimates for earnings. Elsewhere, Japan announced 750bn Yen of further stimulus with the Yen trading at 4 month lows.

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Asian markets on the balance firmer, with the Nikkei closing at session highs up around 1.1% on further Yen weakness, on speculation that the BOJ will ease monetary policy further next week. The Chinese industry minister says that China’s industrial output growth in Q4 may be faster than Q3 and positive signs for growth are accumulating.

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Asian markets weaker, weighed by disappointing earnings, whilst in China the HSBC flash manufacturing PMI came in higher than expected suggesting the economy is stabilizing. In Japan, Kawasaki Heavy, fell almost 6% after the gas-turbine maker missed on their first half operating profit.

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