Chinese stocks took a hammering Monday as traders returned to work after a weeklong holiday in the world’s second-largest economy.
Losses on major indexes in mainland China were as high as 4.8% in a major market rout, with the China A50, which includes major companies from both the Shenzhen and Shanghai indexes, as the biggest loser. The Shanghai Composite lost 3.7% of its value, while the Shenzhen Composite was down just over 4% at the close of the day’s trading.
The reasons behind the crash are numerous but include Chinese investors’ catching up to their Asian counterparts after a week of losses in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.
The main driver, however, appears to be a failure from markets to believe that fresh stimulus from China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, will help prevent US President Trump’s trade war from causing an economic slowdown in China. The PBOC cut its required reserve ratio for Chinese banks by 1% over the weekend….