(Bloomberg) — Asian stocks plunged for a second day and
U.S. stock futures continued to decline after a frantic sell-off
in equity markets. Investors fled to havens, lifting the yen and
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average closed off its intraday lows,
though the bounce was not enough to prevent a more than 10
percent tumble from a high on Jan. 23, which is technically
considered as entering a correction. Stocks across the region
extended a global slump with virtually all shares on the 1,000-
plus member MSCI Asia Pacific Index down. Volatility on the
Nikkei 225 Stock Average spiked the most since 2013 and trading
volume was more than double the 30-day average.
Futures on the S&P 500 Index are down 10 percent from the
record high less than two weeks back; the underlying gauge slid
the most since 2011 Monday. Ten-year Treasury yields are down
about a fifth of a percentage point from the recent high as
investors seek protection from the slide in stocks.
“How far it goes down? You tell me,” Steven Wieting, global
chief investment strategist at Citigroup Inc., told Bloomberg
TV. “But this speed of decline you cannot keep doing this day
after day after day without finding some sort of bottom rather
quickly,” he said — though anticipating that markets will stay
volatile for a while.
Elsewhere, oil slumped for a third day and metals joined
the sell-off after gaining on Monday. The yen strengthened
against the dollar. Bitcoin tumbled for a sixth day to trade
See our blog on the current sell-off here, and for our
broader blog on markets, click here.
For more on the slide in stocks, see:
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VIX at 38 Is Waterloo for Short Vol Trade That Everyone Adored
Goldman Is Warning of More Pain Ahead. Don’t Listen: Gadfly
China’s Willingness to Defend Its Stock Markets Put to Test
Dow’s 15-Minute Plunge Had Elements of a ‘Flash Crash,’ ISI Says
Volatility Jump Has Traders Asking About VIX Note Poison Pill
Many finance professionals were left scratching their heads
to explain the severity of the moves in a short space of time.
Anxiety was building about the outlook for monetary policy prior
to Monday’s rout, with equities being tested by the surge in
bond yields. Global shares had just last month risen to record
highs on optimism for expanding profits and economic growth.
Even as the Dow suffered its worst point loss ever, some of
the biggest investors remained relatively sanguine. Ray Dalio,
founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater
Associates, said the big declines were “just minor corrections
in the scope of things” and there was a lot of cash on the
sidelines waiting to buy. Jurrien Timmer, director of global
macro at Fidelity Investments, said he doesn’t expect the stock
market to drop more than 10 percent.
“I actually think there’s buying opportunities, maybe not
today, but through this week as this sell-off exacerbates,” said
Sean Fenton, a portfolio manager who oversees about A$1 billion
($788 million) at Tribeca Investment Partners in Sydney.
Here are some key events scheduled for this week:
* The Reserve Bank of Australia left rates unchanged for a
record 16th meeting Tuesday.
* Monetary policy decisions are also due in Russia, India,
Brazil, Poland, Romania, the U.K., New Zealand, Serbia, Peru and
* Earnings season continues with reports from Toyota Motor
Corp., BNP Paribas, BP, General Motors, Walt Disney, SoftBank,
Sanofi, Philip Morris, Total, Tesla, Rio Tinto, L’Oreal and
* Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan and New York Fed President
William Dudley are among policy officials due to speak in
Frankfurt and New York.
These are the main moves in markets:
* Japan’s Topix index plunged 4.4 percent at the close in Tokyo,
its biggest drop since November 2016, and the Nikkei 225 dropped
4.7 percent, paring a slump of as much as 7.1 percent.
* Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slid 3.2 percent.
* Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined 4.3 percent and the
Shanghai Composite Index fell 3.2 percent.
* South Korea’s Kospi index lost 1.3 percent.
* Futures on the S&P 500 Index declined 1 percent, erasing
earlier gains and falling as much as 3 percent. The underlying
gauge tumbled 4.1 percent Monday.
* The MSCI Asia Pacific Index plunged 3.3 percent, set for its
biggest drop since June 2016, when stocks were hit by the Brexit
* The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.1 percent.
* The yen rose 0.3 percent to 108.79 per dollar after rising 1
percent on Monday.
* The euro was little changed at $1.2376.
* The pound was steady at $1.3966.
* The Australian dollar traded at 78.39 U.S. cents, down 0.4
* The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell one basis point to 2.69
percent after plunging more than 13 basis points Monday.
* Australia’s 10-year bond yield declined more than 11 basis
points to 2.82 percent.
* West Texas Intermediate crude was down 1.1 percent to $63.49 a
* Gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,343.48 an ounce.