Asia-Pacific Market Retreat Amid Concerns Over Omicron Coronavirus Variant
Asia -On Monday, the Asia Pacific market plunged; however, the crude prices recuperated in the early hours as investors proceeded to observe developments enveloping the newfound coronavirus variant called Omicron.
It remains uncertain whether Omicron is more contagious or whether the virus causes more severe ailments contrasted with different covid-19 variants, such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, the WHO stated on 28 November.
However, the new variant has alerted Asia-Pacific nations to take travel restriction measures. Moreover, concerns have risen that numerous economies could impose lockdowns if it spreads.
Hong Kong-listed stocks of Chinese tech company Meituan fell 7% after the firm posted a decline of around 10 billion Chinese yuan ($1.56 billion) for the three consecutive months closed Sept. 30. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index tripped 0.95% to conclude at 23,852.24.
The Mainland Chinese stock market closed confused, with the Shanghai composite slipping partially to 3,562.70 and the Shenzhen component hitting 0.223% higher to 14,810.20.
The Nikkei market 225 in Japan descended 2.53% to conclude at 28,751.62, while the Topix index dropped 2.01% to 1,984.98. SoftBank Group shares tumbled to 5.19% after a Bloomberg report that Chinese regulators have requested Didi, whose Japanese conglomerate carries a sizable investment, to exclude from the United States.
The stocks in Australia likewise blundered as the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.54% today to 7,239.80.
On Monday, chief global strategist at Nikko Asset Management, John Vail, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” show that things certainly will be a tad dicier going ahead.”
“Omicron probably was not that bad as the market suspected it to be on Friday; however, it’s known to rock some of the excess risk practicing and consumption out there in the system too as people get a bit extra careful,” Vail added.