While stock market woes have not been making headlines this morning in New Zealand - perhaps because they have become
all too typical - the red ink has been flowing freely again in New York overnight at the beginning of the trading week.
At the close of play the ailing NASDAQ was down to lows last seen in November 1998 at the height of the Asian Economic
Apart from the seemingly endless series of blue-chip profit warnings and large scale corporate lay-offs in the US, the
latest cause of market concern has been an exceptionally poor Japanese business confidence result from the closely
watched Tankan survey.
The result which showed falls in confidence, investment, employment and profit expectations across the board in the
ailing Japanese economy, has seen the Yen fall to 126.6 on the US/Yen cross rate.
The falling yen has taken most Asian currencies with it including the Australian Dollar presently plumbing new all-time
lows of 47.99 US cents.
The Kiwi has also been suffering falling back below the US 40 cents mark for the first time this year.
At 11.30am NZT this morning the Kiwi was buying 39.8 US cents. (For a live quote on the NZ Dollar cross rate see…http://quote.yahoo.com/m5?s=NZD=USD=1=1
The blue chip Dow Jones index closed this morning on 9777.93 points down 100.85 or 1% for the day.
The technology heavy Nasdaq index closed on 1782.97 points down 57.29 or 3.1%.
The broader S 500 index closed on 1145.87 points down 14.46 or 1.3%.
European stock markets also performed badly overnight, Germany’s DAX closed down a further 1.2%, Switzerland’s market
closed down 1.85% and the UK’s FTSE down 0.27%.
In early trading this morning the NZSE40 index has been trading relatively flat.
To view live updates of the state of Asian share markets as they open today see…