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Evergrande shares halt trading after Hong Kong court orders liquidation; Asia markets mostly rise

Evergrande’s shares halted trading on Monday after Hong Kong’s high court ordered the liquidation of the embattled Chinese property developer.

The stock was suspended from trading in Hong Kong at about 10:18 a.m. local time after plunging 20% in volatile trading. Subsidiaries Evergrande Property Services and Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group also called for trading halts, according to filings with the Hong Kong exchange.

Evergrande’s overseas creditors failed to reach an 11th-hour restructuring deal this weekend, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China’s CSI 300 index fell 0.9% and closed at 3,303.96, driven by losses in Shenzhen, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.71%, paring earlier gains.

In Singapore, its central bank left policy unchanged as expected on Monday in its first quarterly monetary policy decision of 2024. The Monetary Authority of Singapore said it will maintain its exchange rate policy band known as the Singapore dollar nominal effective exchange rate or S$NEER.

This week’s major events will be China’s factory activity figures for January as well as Australia’s fourth-quarter inflation figures on Wednesday. This will be last set of key data before the Reserve Bank of Australia’s meeting on Feb. 5.

On Wednesday, Taiwan and Hong Kong will also release their fourth-quarter GDP numbers.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.3% higher to 7,578.4 as traders returned after a long weekend, extending its gains to a sixth straight day.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rebounded from Friday’s losses and rose 0.77%, ending the day at 36,026.94 while the broad based Topix climbed 1.27% and closed at 2,529.48.

South Korea’s Kospi finished up 0.89% at 2,500.65, but the small-cap Kosdaq tumbled 2.16%, ending at 819.14.

On Friday in the U.S., all three major indexes ended mixed, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite declining 0.07% and 0.36%, snapping six-day winning streaks. The fall also marked a retreat for the S&P 500 from all-time closing highs.

The U.S. core personal consumption expenditures price index grew 0.2% in December compared with the previous month, and 2.9% on a yearly basis. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for respective increases of 0.2% and 3%.

Friday’s PCE print came a day after gross domestic product data revealed higher-than-expected economic growth in the fourth quarter, bolstering investors’ hopes that the economy has avoided a deep recession.

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s first rate decision of 2024 is set to be released Wednesday stateside.

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