Asian Stocks Fall As Democrats Turn Up Heat On US President Trump

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Stocks skidded in Asia on Sept 25 after Democrats in the US House of Representatives said they were considered launching an impeachment probe of President Trump

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Stocks skidded in Asia on Wednesday after Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said they were considering launching an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4% to 22,017.64 while the Shanghai Composite gave up 0.6% to 2,966.99. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 1.0% to 26,031.78 and the S&P ASX 200 in Sydney slid 0.5% to 6,718.30. Shares also fell in India, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. The losses followed declines overnight as investors’ attention swung from headlines on trade to data showing a drop in U.S. consumer confidence.

The Conference Board, a business research group, said its consumer confidence index fell to 125.1 in September from a revised reading of 134.2 in August, suggesting a worrisome shift since consumer spending has underpinned the economy during a slowdown in manufacturing. The announcement by Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, about a possible inquiry came after markets closed in New York. But news the Democrats were considering a probe broke earlier. Stocks recovered somewhat after Trump said he plans to release the full transcript of a July phone call with Ukraine’s president that is at the center of the impeachment discussions.

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The US-China trade

The S&P 500 index fell 0.8% to 2,966.60. The benchmark index remains within 2% of its all-time high set in late July. The Dow slid 0.5% to 26,807.77 and the Nasdaq lost 1.5% to 7,993.63. Traders also turned away from smaller company stocks. The Russell 2000 index gave up 24.64 points, or 1.6%, to 1,533.61. Trump dampened optimism over prospects for a trade deal with China that might help resolve the tariffs war with Beijing in remarks before the U.N. General Assembly, where he underscored the need for a fair trade pact and threatened more tariffs. Tensions had recently eased somewhat, prompting speculation that the next round of negotiations, in October, might at least yield an interim deal on trade. History shows the impeachment of a president doesn’t necessarily mean disaster for the stock market, but the impeachment issue adds to the uncertainties already overhanging markets, including strife in the Middle East and Britain’s troubled exit from the European Union as well as trade frictions.

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“It would be difficult for the market to ascertain how long this matter will drag and the concurrent impact upon U.S.-China trade, which is the bigger worry at present,” Jingyi Pan 
of IG said in a commentary.

Investors more cautious

Still, bonds rose and pushed yields lower, suggesting investors are growing more cautious. The yield on the 10-year Treasury was at 1.66% from 1.7% late Monday. Benchmark crude oil fell 36 cents to $56.93 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It tumbled $1.35 to settle at $57.29 a barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, gave up 47 cents to $61.65 per barrel. It dropped $1.61 to close at $62.12 a barrel in London. The dollar rose to 107.34 Japanese yen from 107.09 yen on Tuesday. The euro fell to $1.0998 from $1.1020.

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