(China Knowledge) - One and half hour into trading Nikkei 225 was up 40 points at 18,486.2 as at 08:30 BJT, the same time,
Korea KOSPI down 0.19 points to 2,138.
Last trading day Shanghai Composite
Index closed at 3,170.69, down 0.81%, the
Shenzhen Component Index was 10,348.41, down 0.61%, Hang Seng Index decreased 0.41% to 23825.88.
As of yesterday, outstanding margin trading and stock lending facilities
for SSE and SZE totaled RMB 545.12 billion
and RMB 384.49 billion, respectively.
Today's market highlights:
- The PBoC
conducted RMB 40 billion 7-day reverse repo at 2.45%, RMB 20 billion 14-day reverse
repo at 2.6% and RMB 20 billion 28-day reverse repo at 2.75% yesterday. A total
of RMB 20 billion reverse repo matured yesterday.
- Beijing's GDP up 6.9% YoY to RMB 604.1 billion in
Q1, while Shanghai's GDP up 6.8% to RMB 692.3 billion in the period.
- China's refined copper output up 8.5% to 0.76
million tons in Mar, said the NBS.
RMB against the USD closed at 6.8880 at BJ closing time yesterday, a decrease
of 20 bps from the previous trading day. Trading volume declined US$ 5.96
billion to US$ 22.02 billion.
RMB against the USD closed at 6.8858 at NY closing time on Apr 19, a decrease of 0.13% from the previous trading day.