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Asian Stocks Fall as Fisher Says Fed Should Resume Normal Policy

asian markets fallAsian Stocks Fall as Fisher Says Fed Should Resume Normal Policy

Asian stocks fell after Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said the U.S. central bank should end its record stimulus as soon as possible.

South Korean financial companies including Woori Finance Holdings Co., Shinhan Financial Group Co., Mirae Asset Securities Co. and Hana Financial Group Inc. dropped more than 1.6 percent. Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. (CCL), Australia’s largest listed drinks company, slumped 4.9 percent after forecasting 2013 earnings will decline. China Resources Enterprise Ltd., a brewer and retailer with businesses in Hong Kong and mainland China, gained 1.5 percent.

The MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan Index fell 0.2 percent to 478.49 as of 11:47 a.m. in Hong Kong, after rising as much as 0.2 percent. About three stocks fell for every two that gained on index. Japanese markets are closed today.

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“It’s all about the Fisher speech,” Chris Weston, chief market strategist at brokerage IG Ltd. in Melbourne, said by phone. “We’re starting to see a slight change in rhetoric from the Fed, more and more people are highlighting the cost of quantitative easing. The Fed rhetoric in the last few weeks has certainly been more hawkish than the markets were expecting.”

Fisher, speaking in Sydney, said the Fed should resume normal policy as soon as possible.

Last week’s advance on the MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan Index pushed valuations on the measure to 13.2 times estimated earnings, up from a multiple of 12.2 at the end of August, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

China Manufacturing

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index (AS51) slipped 0.3 percent. Singapore’s Straits Times Index gained 0.1 percent and Taiwan’s Taiex Index retreated 0.6 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) retreated 0.1 percent after rising as much as 0.4 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent.

China’s Communist Party leaders will enter a policy-making summit this week, with services and manufacturing surveys showing the economy is strengthening.

A non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to the highest level this year in October, a government report showed yesterday. The increase follows faster-than-estimated growth in two manufacturing indexes last week.

New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index fell 0.1 percent. South Korea’s Kospi index dropped 0.5 percent.

“The Kospi is being driven down by foreigners who are net selling South Korean stocks after the opening of the market today,” Heo Pil Seok, chief executive officer at Midas International Asset Management Ltd., which oversees about $6.4 billion, said by phone in Seoul today. “The lower-than-estimated third-quarter profits at Korean companies is impacting the market.”

U.S. Futures

Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 0.2 percent today. The equities benchmark rose 0.1 percent last week after completing its second straight monthly gain, adding 4.5 percent in October. Of the index members that have reported earnings this season, 75 percent have posted higher profit than analysts estimated, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., a maker of solar cells, surged 23 percent to HK$6.54 in Hong Kong, heading toward a record close, after announcing it would acquire Wuxi Suntech Power Co.

MStar Semiconductor Inc., an electronics component maker, gained 6.2 percent to NT$326.50 in Taipei, set for an all-time high after reporting its third-quarter profit increased 67 percent from a year earlier.

David Jones Ltd. (DJS) climbed 5 percent in Sydney after brokers from Credit Suisse Group AG to Deutsche Bank AG upgraded recommendations on the retailer’s shares.


Sanie Khan

Sanie Khan holds a deep knowledge of the financial markets in Pakistan. Based in Karachi, he has over 20 years of hands-on management experience in financial technologies and managing operations in the financial sector. He was the General Manager at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) for 17 years. He along-with senior members of Exchange

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