Despite chatter from V.P. Pence criticizing Chinese trade practices, most of the markets managed to advance. Tech names saw a rebound. Chinese developers surged due to reports Chinese banks were looking to lower mortgage rates. Most other sectors across the region also traded well.
Other Important Headlines
- The story generating the most buzz came out after the local close. Reports indicated Nissan Motors Chairman Ghosn would be arrested for violating various Japanese financial laws. A brief period later, the company announced he was indeed put in handcuffs. He allegedly has been using company funds for personal use and been under reporting his income. They will seek to remove him from the board.
- Hitachi -1.5% is holding talks to acquire ABB’s % power unit, either in whole or part. The division has a valuation of c. $13b.
- Japan Tobacco +0.1% is seeing a 35.1% decline in domestic sales volume due to higher taxes on tobacco products.
- MS&D +0.9% suffered a c. 39.0% decline to H1 NI. However, the company see FY earnings ahead of consensus and will pay out a higher dividend than anticipated.
- Following last week’s results, Citibank is downgrading Japan Display -8.2% to a sell.
- Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasuries are that their lowest level in a year. The nation is attempting to support the yuan or at least that is China’s spin on the matter. The holdings for September are $1.15t vs. August’s $1.17t.
- Japan’s exports recovered during October but lagged consensus. However, imports for the period were a strong beat of estimates.
- After the close, China declared Chalco’s A shares will be suspended tomorrow. Regulators are reviewing the company’s asset plan.
Europe had a good start experiencing a gain of c. 0.7%. However, the Wall Street Journal alleged Apple is reducing orders for a number of iPhone models. This created selling pressure taking the markets off the highs. With Apple weighing on the U.S. markets, tech is off c. 2% and the region closed at the lows. Financials, personal goods, financials and energy are lower by 1% or more. Telecom remained to the upside all session.
U.K. PM May remains defiant and committed to her Brexit deal. She is appealing to business leaders for support. At present, 42 members of Parliament are calling for a “no-confidence” vote. 48 are required to trigger the event.
- Renault -8.4% tumbles on the Chairman Ghosn arrest. It did pare some of the heavier losses.
- Luigi Gubitosi will become the next CEO of Telecom Italia +4.0%. He is expected to proceed with the various measures Elliott Management wants to the company to follow and unlock value.
- Swatch -3.8% and peers are seeing pressure due to comments from Bk of America. After a recent tour through China, the broker sees weak Chinese watch demand.
- In testimony to the Danish parliament, Howard Wilkinson declared Danske Bk %-1.0 was willing to compensate him if he refrained from bringing the money laundering scandal to light.
On Our Side of the Pond
- JD.com -3.5% following results. Revenues fell shy of consensus despite a strong beat on the EPS line.
- Blackrock -0.4% is considering obtaining a mutual fund license in China.
- Apple -3.7% following the Wall Street Journal report highlighted above.
- Mexico is closed for Revolution Day.
On the Markets’ Agenda for Tonight
- Local reaction to the Nissan/Renault/Ghosn and Apple stories.
- The RBA releases the latest rate meeting minutes and Germany PPI.
Markets and Macro
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|UK||Rightmove House Prices MoM||Nov||—||-1.70%||1.00%||—|
|UK||Rightmove House Prices YoY||Nov||—||-0.20%||0.90%||—|