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Asian Stocks Down on the Back of Historic Oil Slump

Stock MarketsApr 20, 2020 11:11PM ET
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By Gina Lee

Investing.com – Asian stockslid on Tuesday morning as they reacted to oil’s slide into negative territory in the previous session.

In a “devastating day” for the industry, WTI futures for May delivery slumped to -$37.63 ahead of the contract’s expiry on Tuesday.

But there were other factors moving the stocks as well.

The ASX 200 dropped 1.77% by 11:01 PM ET (4:01AM GMT) as Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd (ASX:VAHannounced that the firm has entered voluntary administration to “recapitalise the business and help ensure it emerges in a stronger financial position on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Reserve Bank of Australia also released the minutes for its April meeting earlier in the day, which affirmed that its board remained committed to supporting jobs, incomes and businesses” as the country responds to the coronavirus outbreak.

It also added that “the Australian banks were in a strong position to withstand the large economic shock” from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant financial market volatility.

South Korea’s KOSPI lost 1.71% as reported abounded that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in grave danger after surgery while Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 1.98%.

In Greater China, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index slid 2.31%. China’s Shanghai Composite lost 1.06% while the Shenzhen Component dropped 1.34%%.

Investors are also monitoring news that lockdowns in some countries are being eased, and the COVID-19 death toll in New York as well as other parts of the world is decreasing.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress said overnight that it is close to agreeing on a new spending package to help with the virus’ economic impact. 

Asian Stocks Down on the Back of Historic Oil Slump
 

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Ioannis Lazaridis
Ioannis Lazaridis Apr 20, 2020 11:46PM ET
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The new spending package will pump up the stocks. Let's see until when such a kind of stimulants will keep the market afloat.
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For years the market has been artificially levited by the Fed and the big banks. It's time for the crash and resulting depression.
 
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