China markets pare some losses as economic data beats expectations; Chinese yuan weaker than 7 against dollar

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Abigail Ng

Shares in the Asia-Pacific fell Friday as investors digest U.S. economic data and China’s industrial production and retail sales figures for August, which beat expectations.

The Shanghai Composite in mainland China pared some losses after the data release but was still down 0.49%, and the Shenzhen Component

was 0.469% lower.

The offshore Chinese yuan weakened past 7 against the dollar overnight, and last changed hands at 7.0287.

The onshore yuan also crossed the 7 level in Asia’s morning trade after the People’s Bank of China set the daily midpoint at 6.9305 against the dollar. It was last at 7.0169 per dollar.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.17%, and the Topix index slipped 0.74%.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.98%. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.63% and the Kosdaq lost 0.46%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.8%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.75% lower.

.N225 Nikkei 225 Index *NIKKEI 27547.89 -328.02 -1.18
.HSI Hang Seng Index *HSI 18788.09 -142.29 -0.75
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 *ASX 200 6767.3 -75.6 -1.1
.SSEC Shanghai *SHANGHAI 3186.07 -13.85 -0.43
.KS11 KOSPI Index *KOSPI 2387.38 -14.45 -0.6
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX *CNBC 100 7533.51 -66.66 -0.88

Overnight in the U.S., the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.43% to 11,552.36. The S&P 500 declined 1.13% to 3,901.35 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 173.27 points, or 0.56%, to 30,961.82, its lowest close since July 14.

“Equities and other risk-sensitive markets [will] struggle as it becomes clear that U.S. inflation pressures are well embedded and that risks to the fed funds rate lie to the upside,” ANZ Research analysts wrote in a Friday note.

— CNBC’s Jesse Pound and Tanaya Macheel contributed to this report.

Onshore yuan crosses the 7 level after weaker-than-expected daily midpoint fixing

The onshore Chinese yuan crossed the important level of 7 against the U.S. dollar after the People’s Bank of China set the yuan’s daily midpoint at 6.9305 against the dollar.

That midpoint is the weakest level since August 2020 and weaker than the analyst forecast of 6.9228 per dollar, according to Reuters.

The fixing came after the offshore yuan crossed 7 against the greenback overnight. Both the onshore and offshore yuan continue to trade above 7 per dollar.

— Abigail Ng

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Amid a tough year for the sector, some investors are seeking refuge in the relative safety of mega-cap stocks. Top tech investor Paul Meeks weighs in on two such stocks and reveals which he prefers in the current environment.

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China’s August industrial output, retail sales expected to grow

China’s industrial output is expected to come in at 3.8% for August, according to a Reuters poll. That’s the same pace of growth as July.

Retail sales are predicted to have increased 3.5% last month, compared to the 2.7% reported in July.

— Abigail Ng

Offshore yuan still weaker than 7 against dollar after crossing the key level

The Chinese yuan weakened past 7 against the U.S. dollar for the first time since July 2020 overnight.

In Asia morning trade, the offshore yuan was trading flat at 7.0131 against the greenback.

The onshore yuan has been inching closer to the 7 level, but has not crossed it this year.

— Abigail Ng

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Amid reports that that Japan may intervene to prop up the currency, CNBC Pro spoke with foreign exchange analysts for their thoughts on intervention and where they see the dollar-yen heading next.

— Zavier Ong

Source : CNBC

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