Chinese factory activity fell for third straight month in October, private survey finds
Caixin Manufacturing’s Purchasing Managers’ Index for October showed factory activity contracted for the third consecutive month.
The reading came in at 49.2, against expectations for a print of 49. In September, the manufacturing PMI was at 48.1, below the 50 point mark that separates growth from contraction.
PMI readings compare month-to-month activity.
Official data from the National Bureau of Statistics came in at 49.2 on Monday, missing expectations for a print of 50.
Hong Kong’s economy shrank 4.5% in the third quarter
Hong Kong’s gross domestic product fell 4.5% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same period a year ago, advance estimates from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Monday.
It was the worst contraction since the second quarter of 2020. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected growth of 0.7%, while GDP fell 1.3% in the second quarter.
“The deteriorating external environment and continued disruptions to cross-border inland freight flows have dealt a severe blow to Hong Kong’s exports,” the statement said, adding that the decline in GDP was “mainly attributable to the weak performance of the external demand during the quarter”.
Fixed capital formation, or investment, fell 14.3%, while exports and imports also fell.
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South Korea’s trade deficit widens for October
South Korea’s trade deficit widened to $6.7 billion for October from a revised figure of $3.78 billion in September, according to data from the customs agency.
Imports rose 9.9% to $59.18 billion from the same period a year ago, while exports fell 5.7% to $52.48 billion.
The latest data shows the biggest decline in exports since August 2020, according to FactSet.
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Hang Seng loses more than 14% in October
Mainland China and Hong Kong markets underperformed their Asia-Pacific counterparts in October.
The Hang Seng the index sank to its lowest levels since April 2009 after losing 14.55% at Monday’s close.
Meanwhile, stocks in Australia, Japan and South Korea posted single-digit gains to close the first month of the final quarter of the year, while the Shanghai Composite index fell 4.33% .
Japanese stocks closed at their highest level since Sept. 20, but major APAC indexes were still underwater year-to-date.