Hong Kong stocks gain as China markets buck trend; investors weigh Silicon Valley Bank concerns

Jihye Lee
Lim Hui Jie

This is CNBC's live blog covering Asia-Pacific markets.

Storm clouds are seen over the city skyline on October 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.

Asia-Pacific markets traded mixed on Monday as U.S. regulators announced plans to backstop both depositors and financial institutions associated with Silicon Valley Bank, seen as a move to stem further systemic risk.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 1.96%, led by technology stocks, and the Hang Seng Tech index climbed more than 3%. In mainland China, the Shenzhen Component climbed 0.55% to finish at 11,505.02 and the Shanghai Composite was up 1.2% to close at 3,268.7.

Meanwhile, markets in Japan led losses in the region, the Topix fell 1.51% to close at 2,000.99, seeing shares of Softbank fall 2.3% as investors continued to assess contagion fears. The Nikkei 225 fell 1.11% to close at 27,382.96.

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.HSIHang Seng IndexHSI19,553.61+177.08+0.91%
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In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.5% to end at 7,108.8, with banks continuing to see declines.

The Kospi erased earlier losses and traded 0.67% higher to finish the day at 2,410.6, while the Kosdaq was marginally higher at 788.89 as South Korean officials over the weekend reportedly voiced concerns of greater market volatility ahead from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.

In the U.S., markets on Wall Street closed Friday's session lower and marked its worst week since June as the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank sparked a selloff. Silicon Valley Bank last week was shuttered by regulators, after customers withdrew a staggering $42 billion of deposits by the end of Thursday.

—CNBC's Jeff Cox, Tanaya Macheel, and Yun Li contributed to this report.

Mon, Mar 13 2023 3:27 AM EDT

HSBC to acquire Silicon Valley Bank's UK subsidiary

HSBC announced it will acquire Silicon Valley Bank's U.K. subsidiary for 1 pound ($1.21), according to a filing.

HSBC Group CEO Noel Quinn said, "This acquisition makes excellent strategic sense for our business in the UK. It strengthens our commercial banking franchise and enhances our ability to serve innovative and fast-growing firms, including in the technology and life-science sectors, in the UK and internationally."

Hong Kong-listed shares of the bank traded 0.53% higher in Asia's afternoon.

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— Jihye Lee, Yolande Chee

Mon, Mar 13 2023 3:00 AM EDT

Silicon Valley Bank's Asian clients detail limited exposure in filings

Some Asia-based clients of Silicon Valley Bank clarified their exposure to the collapsed bank in filings Monday.

Shares of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank fell about 1% in afternoon trade after the joint venture between the bank and SVB said its balance sheet is "independent."

BeiGene fell nearly 1% after it said its uninsured cash deposits at SVB amounted to about 3.9% of its total as of Dec. 31. The stock later traded slightly higher.

Shares of Mobvista fell about 1% after the company said it has minimal exposure to SVB. The company said a "minimal portion" of its cash was in deposit accounts at the bank, amounting to an aggregate balance of roughly $430,000.

Brii Biosciences said less than 9% of total cash and bank balances were at SVB. Shares of the company were recently sitting about 0.2% lower after paring some of its earlier losses.

Hong Kong-listed shares of Broncus Holding traded 2.86% higher.

The company said its deposit at SVB represents roughly 6.5% of the company's cash and cash equivalents "and otherwise has no exposure to SVB," it said.

"The Company is of the view that its exposure due to the SVB incident is immaterial and it does not anticipate the Company's operating plan or cash runway will be materially affected," it said.

— Jihye Lee

Mon, Mar 13 2023 3:31 AM EDT

U.S. bank fallout a 'watershed' moment for crypto companies: EY

As a key lender to cryptocurrency companies, Silvergate Capital's plans to liquidate will lead to companies facing an "enormous problem" if they fail to find alternative banks, EY said.

Paul Brody, EY's global blockchain leader, told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" that he thinks "this is a watershed moment for crypto companies, especially in the United States."

They are going to be under a tremendous amount of pressure to find alternate banking relationships, he said.

Brody added that cryptocurrency firms have faced issues with clarity on requirements for licenses.

— Lim Hui Jie

Mon, Mar 13 2023 12:16 AM EDT

Government intervention in Silicon Valley Bank 'not a bailout': Pershing Square's Ackman

The U.S. government's intervention in the Silicon Valley Bank collapse is "not a bailout", according to Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management.

In a tweet, Ackman explained that in this incident, mainly shareholders and bondholders of the banks will be affected, and the losses will be absorbed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's insurance fund.

This is in contrast to the 2008 financial crisis, where the U.S. government injected taxpayer money in the form of preferred stock into banks, and bondholders were protected.

"Many people who screwed up suffered minimal to no consequences. Those were bailouts," Ackman wrote.

In this case, "the people who screwed up will bear the consequences. The investors who didn't adequately oversee their banks will be zeroed out and the bondholders will suffer a similar fate," he added.

Had regulators not intervened, Ackman was of the view that the U.S. would have had seen "a 1930s bank run continuing first thing Monday, causing enormous economic damage and hardship to millions."

— Lim Hui Jie

Mon, Mar 13 2023 1:01 AM EDT

Agri-tech startup CEO says it will continue its business with Silicon Valley Bank

Agri-tech startup Harvesting Farmer Network's CEO said that the firm will continue banking with Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) after the U.S. announced plans to backstop depositors of the bank.

Ruchit Garg, founder and CEO of the India-based mobile marketplace for farmers, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia," that U.S. regulators "have worked really hard, very fast to ensure that small depositors like us get their money back."

"That gives me a lot of confidence to keep the money with one of the largest banks," he said. "We will continue with SVB."

Harvesting Farmer Network has "a very limited exposure" to SVB, Garg said.

He said the firm's primary operations are in India and a lot of its money are placed in Indian banks.

"Compared to many other companies, we are very safeguarded in a very, very good position right now," he said.

He added that any depositor should diversify across several banks, as the SVB fallout can happen to any of the banks.

— Sheila Chiang

Sun, Mar 12 2023 10:12 PM EDT

SM Entertainment shares tumble almost 20% after Hybe drops takeover bid

Shares of South Korean entertainment company SM Entertainment slid by almost 20% after rival Hybe announced it will withdraw its takeover bid over the weekend.

In a statement on Sunday, Hybe - the company behind K-pop sensation BTS - said it made the decision "after observing that the market has been showing signs of overheating due to competition with both Kakao and Kakao Entertainment."

It added that "this acquisition, along with the tender offer, may harm shareholder value, and fuel overheating of the market, in making the decision."

This is the latest move in a highly public battle between Kakao and Hybe over SM Entertainment which started in February.

Meanwhile, shares of Hybe rose 1.91%, and Kakao's shares climbed 1.38% Monday morning.

— Lim Hui Jie

Sun, Mar 12 2023 10:30 PM EDT

Goldman Sachs no longer sees case for Fed to hike rates in March

Goldman Sachs no longer sees a case for the Federal Reserve to deliver a rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committee meeting next week, economist Jan Hatzius said in a Sunday note.

"In light of the stress in the banking system, we no longer expect the FOMC to deliver a rate hike at its next meeting on March 22," Goldman Sachs said in a note.

Hatzius and a team of economists added they still expect to see 25 basis point hikes in May, June and July, reiterating their terminal rate expectation of 5.25% to 5.5%.

— Jihye Lee

Sun, Mar 12 2023 10:35 PM EDT

SVB fallout won't hurt Asian banks as their deposits are in loans, Moody's says

Asian banks won't be affected by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank since most of their deposits are in loans — not in Treasurys, according to Moody's Investors Service.

"If you look at the typical loan to deposit ratio in Asia, it's about 90%, so most deposits are invested in loans," Eugene Tarzimanov, a vice president at Moody's told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia."

"Banks obviously do invest in government securities — local bonds, foreign bonds, but that share is not that significant."

Tarzimanov also noted that Asian banks are resilient because of their "strong capital, good quality of loan books, and most importantly, good funding and liquidity." 

— Sumathi Bala

Sun, Mar 12 2023 9:14 PM EDT

Silicon Valley Bank's China venture says balance sheet is 'independent'

The China joint venture of shuttered bank Silicon Valley Bank said its operations have been "independent and stable" amid the collapse of its U.S. parent last week

SPD Silicon Valley Bank is a 50-50 joint venture between Silicon Valley Bank and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

The bank said in a statement on its website that it "has always operated in a stable manner in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, with a standard governance framework and independent balance sheet."

"As China's first technology bank, SPD Silicon Valley is committed to serving Chinese science and technology companies, and always follows Chinese regulations for stable operations," the bank added.

— Lim Hui Jie

Sun, Mar 12 2023 9:02 PM EDT

Biden tweets regulators reached 'solution' that protects' U.S. financial system

President Joe Biden tweeted that U.S. regulators have reached a "solution" regarding issues related to Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

"The American people and American businesses can have confidence that their bank deposits will be there when they need them," he said in a Twitter thread.

"I'm firmly committed to holding those responsible for this mess fully accountable and to continuing our efforts to strengthen oversight and regulation of larger banks so that we are not in this position again," Biden wrote in a tweet.

— Jihye Lee

Sun, Mar 12 2023 9:43 PM EDT

CNBC Pro: Shares of this little-known global chip firm are set to rise by 50%, Barclays says

Shares of a U.K.-based technology company that designs custom chips and semiconductors are expected to rise by more than 50% over the next 12 months, according to Barclays Equity Research.

The investment bank said a rapidly growing data center space would "drive sales and profit growth faster than other company in our coverage."

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more about the semiconductor stock here.

— Ganesh Rao

Sun, Mar 12 2023 9:43 PM EDT

CNBC Pro: 'Unprecedented growth': Citi reveals its 4 top stocks in renewables right now

The world is going through a "rapid and transformational change" when it comes to energy, said Citi, naming four buy-rated stocks as "top picks" in the space.

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— Weizhen Tan

Sun, Mar 12 2023 8:44 PM EDT

Silicon Valley Bank fallout unlikely to impact Asia growth outlook: Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs' chief Asia-Pacific economist Andrew Tilton said the region's economic outlook is unlikely to be affected from the fallout of Silicon Valley Bank's collapse.

"To the degree that this is addressed relatively quickly by regulators and doesn't spread to additional entities beyond the ones that have been noted so far, then we're less likely to see a significant impact on Asia growth outlook," Tilton told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia."

He reiterated the firm's forecast for China's economy and emphasized that it will be mostly driven by the reopening after its zero-Covid policy.

"We continue to expect 5.5% growth for China this year, mostly driven by the reopening and probably less sensitive to this particular issue," Tilton said.

— Jihye Lee

Sun, Mar 12 2023 8:00 PM EDT

Dick Bove says depositors have lost faith in American banks

Veteran bank analyst Dick Bove said American banks have lost credibility with average investors due to what he described as "accounting tricks," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia."

"The accounting of banking in the United States is garbage," he said. Banks are using "accounting gimmickry to avoid indicating what the true equity is in these banks," he added.

Bove further noted that the problems around Silicon Valley Bank's collapse was led by Federal Direct Loans.

"They have $110 billion of investments in U.S. government-backed securities, the treasuries, the mortgage-backed securities," he said. "It isn't the loans that created the problem, it is the U.S.-backed securities that created the problem."

— Jihye Lee

Sun, Mar 12 2023 6:44 PM EDT

Regulatory backstop for SVB failure aimed at protecting the economy, officials say

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg issued a joint statement Sunday night explaining their reasoning for devising a plan to backstop depositors and protect financial institutions with money at Silicon Valley Bank.

"We are taking decisive actions to protect the U.S. economy by strengthening public confidence in our banking system," the statement said. "This step will ensure that the U.S. banking system continues to perform its vital roles of protecting deposits and providing access to credit to households and businesses in a manner that promotes strong and sustainable economic growth."

Silicon Valley Bank failed Friday, marking the biggest bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis. This then raised concern over other banks that could be seeing similar risks.

"The U.S. banking system remains resilient and on a solid foundation, in large part due to reforms that were made after the financial crisis that ensured better safeguards for the banking industry," the officials said in a statement.

"Those reforms combined with today's actions demonstrate our commitment to take the necessary steps to ensure that depositors' savings remain safe," they added.

— Fred Imbert

Sun, Mar 12 2023 6:37 PM EDT

Cryptocurrencies jump with stock futures, even after closure of Signature Bank

Crypto climbed with stocks as U.S. regulators unveiled a plan to assure depositors at Silicon Valley Bank would get their money after the bank's spectacular collapse Friday.

Bitcoin and ether each jumped about 7% after 6:30 p.m. ET, according to Coin Metrics.

The moves came even as New York's Signature Bank was closed by the New York State Department of Financial Services Sunday, according to a joint statement by the Treasury, Federal Reserve, and FDIC.

Signature Bank was another famously crypto-friendly institution and the next biggest one next to Silvergate, which announced its impending liquidation last week.

Its closure adds to fears by crypto investors and entrepreneurs that the industry is being de-risked from the U.S. banking system, leaving it without "on-ramps" that allow fiat money to flow into crypto assets. Silvergate and Signature helped solve this problem by creating easy banking services and payment platforms for crypto companies.

Wall Street analysts Friday had maintained buy ratings on Signature Bank, despite the bad news about its peers earlier in the week.

— Tanaya Macheel

Sun, Mar 12 2023 6:26 PM EDT

Futures jump after regulators announce backstop of SVB depositors

Futures extended their gains just before 6:30 p.m. ET after U.S. regulators unveiled a plan to stem the damage from Silicon Valley Bank's collapse.

Dow futures were last higher by 297 points, or 0.9%. S&P 500 futures jumped 1.1% and Nasdaq Composite futures advanced 1.2%.

— Tanaya Macheel

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