Most stocks in Asian markets fell, with the regional main gauge paring its biggest gain in a month since September, as producers of materials plunged.
Rio Tinto Group (RIO), the second-largest mining company in the world, dropped 1.3% after metals slid in London. Lynas Corp lost 18% in Sydney after concluding a share placement as discussions over debt-reorganization proceed. Tokyo Electric Power Co surged 5.4% after news that the Japanese government may amend the law that regulates compensation after nuclear incidences.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index tumbled 0.2% to 141.89 at 4:25 pm in Hong Kong. Around five shares declined for every four that ascended on the gauge. The gauge approaches its third weekly gain to hit a monthly advance of 3.3%.
“There’s room for a correction as valuations are looking stretched following this month’s rally. While Japanese inflation was encouraging, this reduces the potential for further monetary easing,” strategist Desmond Chua of Singapore-based CMC Markets told Bloomberg by phone.
The Topix gauge of Japan was up 0.1%, reversing loses of up to 0.2%. Japan’s main inflation rate surged to 3.2% in April, the biggest acceleration in 23 years, the statistics bureau showed in data today.
South Korea’s Kospi index descended 0.9%. The country’s manufacturing jumped 2.4% in April from the previous year, falling short of a median projection of 3.1% worked out in a survey of 18 economists commissioned by Bloomberg.
S&P/ASX 200 Index of Australia dropped 0.5% while NZX 50 Index of New Zealand plunged 0.1%. Singapore’s Straits Times Index also lost 1%.
India’s S&P BSE Sensex Index was flat. Shanghai Composite Index of China went down 0.1% and Taiex gauge of Taiwan slid 0.4%.
According to the Street, Nikkei 225 of Japan plunged 0.34% to 14,632. Hang Seng of Hong Kong added 0.31% to 23,081.65.
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