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More Negative Economic News From Asia

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    February 21, 2014

    Asian stocks were down last night on the back of more dismal news from the world’s second and third largest economies.

    Manufacturing activity in China, the world’s second largest economy, declined to a seven-month low in February. The HSBC PMI manufacturing index, which was already under the 50 level indicating contraction, slid further from 49.5 in January to 48.3 in February.

    China’s market recovery from the 2008 global financial meltdown was short-lived. It could use better news.


    And Japan, the world’s third largest economy, reported that its trade deficit widened significantly in January. Exports were up only 9.5% from a year ago, down from 15.3% in December, and missing the consensus forecast of 12.5%. And imports surged higher by 25% year-over-year. That widened the trade gap to a record 2.790 trillion yen from December’s 1.302 trillion yen.

    The Japanese market’s recovery from the 2008 meltdown was rocky in 2010, 2011, and 2012, but caught fire last year on hopes that new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive economic rescue programs (dubbed Abenomics) would work to pull the economy out of years of stubborn deflation, spur higher wages, consumption and growth.


    But doubts about Abenomics are rising. This report that Japan’s trade gap is widening significantly, not narrowing, is not good news, on top of worries about effect of the U.S. Fed’s tapering back its stimulus.

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