Asian stocks were suffering a case of the nerves ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later Wednesday. Markets started the session on a strong note, but then slipped into negative territory with Hong Kong closing 2.6 percent lower and Japan shedding 1 percent.
Expectations of a further cut in U.S. interest rates buoyed most Asian stocks Tuesday. Japan finished nearly up 3 percent, but the Australian market bucked the positive trend to close almost 2.5 percent lower.
Asian stocks took a beating Monday with Japan and South Korea both closing almost 4 percent lower.
It looks like the Nikkei 225 has been beaten up the most since hitting its highs in July. The Dow has weathered the storm better than most major global indices in both YTD and fall from its high in October.
Asian markets ended a volatile week with a firm rally on Friday, which brought most of the major indexes back to Monday's opening levels. A U.S. tax stimulus package, reassuring jobs data and the prospect of another Federal Reserve rate cut buoyed investor sentiment.
Asian markets ended mostly higher Thursday, lifted by banks and financials. Japan and South Korea both closed 2 percent higher with Australia finishing almost 3 percent higher, buoyed by a Wall Street rebound on optimism that a rescue for U.S. bond insurers may be in the making.
A group of ruling party lawmakers urged Japan's government on Thursday to scrap taxes on dividends and capital gains and take other steps to reverse a 30 percent slide in the Tokyo stock market over the past six months.
Asian shares rallied on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve's biggest interest rate cut in over two decades, but nagging fears of a U.S. recession prompted many indexes to give up much of their early gains.
Asian stocks took another massive leg downwards Tuesday as growing fears of a U.S. recession renewed pressures on share prices. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng finished the session 8.7 percent lower, while Australia’s major index lost 7.1 percent.
It was a dismal session for Asian stocks Monday, with markets dragged down by financial counters. Japan finished almost 4% lower. South Korea shed nearly 3% and Australia declined for the 11th straight session, down 2.9%.
Most Asian markets managed to bounce back and close higher Friday, except for India's Sensex index which closed down by more than 3 percent.
Asian stocks closed mixed after a volatile trading session Thursday as investors flitted between profit-taking and bargain-hunting. Japan finished 2 percent higher -- it was down almost 1 percent at one point -- but Australia closed lower for the ninth straight session.
Asian markets took a severe beating Wednesday on growing concern the U.S. economy would slump into a prolonged recession. Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended 5.4 percent lower and Japan's Nikkei index plunged over 3 percent. Even the best performing of the benchmark indexes, the Bombay Sensex, suffered a loss of 1.8 percent.
Asian markets reversed gains, finishing in negative territory Tuesday with both Japan and South Korea closing down 1 percent and Hong Kong losing 2.4 percent . The Nikkei sank below the key 14,000 support level while the KOSPI finished at five-month lows.
Asian markets ended mostly lower Monday, while the price of gold hit a new record high above $900 a troy ounce as investors sought protection against a potential U.S. recession and a weaker dollar. Hong Kong stocks closed 1.5 percent lower and South Korean shares lost almost 1 percent.
Asian markets closed sharply lower Friday, with the exception of China and India, as investors sold down shares after report in the New York Times that Merrill Lynch could suffer $15 billion in losses from soured mortgage investments, almost twice its orginal estimate. Japan shed almost 2 percent and South Korea finished 2.3 percent lower.
Asian markets were mostly lower in the afternoon session Thursday, on worries about global growth after Goldman Sachs forecast a U.S. recession this year. Both Japan and South Korea closed over 1 percent lower.
Asian markets rebounded in the afternoon session Wednesday after initially falling to three-week lows on the back of Wall Street's dismal performance Tuesday. Both Japan and South Korea clawed back into positive territory to finish the session stronger.
Most Asian markets were edging higher in the afternoon session Tuesday following recent falls. Japan managed to finish slightly higher after spending most of the day in negative territory. But South Korea closed lower.
Asian stocks continued the negative start to the year Monday as many indexes sank to two-week lows, but Chinese and Indian indexes managed robust gains. Taiwan's TIAEX closed over 4 percent lower and Singapore' Straits Times Index ended 2.5 percent down.