Shares of Alibaba, Nio and Li Auto lost more than 3% on Wednesday morning with the Hong Kong’s benchmark index Hang Seng falling over 1%, ahead of the release of Australia’s inflation report. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ forecast indicates a steep incline in inflation, reported 7News.
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA||-3.26%|
|JD.com Inc JD||-1.27%|
|Baidu Inc BIDU||-2.35%|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd. TCEHY||-0.55%|
|Nio Inc NIO||-3.74%|
|XPeng Inc XPEV||-2.84%|
|Li Auto Inc LI||-4.01%|
The dampened mood in Asia also follows a weak Tuesday on Wall Street that saw Walmart Inc WMT cut its earnings forecast. Investors are also bracing for a potential 75 bps rate hike by the U.S. Fed on Thursday.
Macro News: Hong Kong’s finance chief has indicated the city could see a rise in interest rates, although the pace may not follow the Fed’s rate hike path and would not likely lead to a property market crisis, the South China Morning Post reported.
The liquidity in the Chinese banking system has increased significantly in the backdrop of falling loan demand which has led to banks lending record amounts of money to each other, reported Bloomberg.
New studies published in the journal Science have claimed that an animal market in Wuhan was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to another South China Morning Post report.
Company News: Alibaba has scaled back its global expansion plan as the firm’s U.S. operation failed to meet its targets, the Financial Times reported. The project was also affected by dozens of staff departing from the e-commerce giant’s New York office.
China’s Tencent has become the number one gaming company by making 180 smaller and strategic investments, leaving behind Sony and Microsoft, reported Nikkei Asia.
After Alibaba announced plans to apply for a primary listing in Hong Kong, e-commerce player JD.com and tech giant Baidu may follow suit, reported Bloomberg.
XPeng’s users have complained of false warnings from its driver monitoring systems due to their eyes being too small, CnEVPost reported.
Global Markets: U.S. markets ended Tuesday in the red after retail giant Walmart trimmed its earnings forecast, taking the stock down 7.64%. Other retailers like Kohl's Corporation KSS and Target Corporation TGT followed suit, plunging 9.13% and 3.63%, respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.71%. The Nasdaq index fell 1.87%, while the S&P 500 lost 1.15%.
Elsewhere in Asia, Australia’s ASX 200 traded flat in Wednesday’s opening trade. Japan’s Nikkei 225 traded lower at 0.06%, while the South Korean Kospi fell 0.55%. China’s Shanghai Composite index shed 0.15%.
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