Huawei CFO arrest hits Asian tech stocks hard; broader markets sell-off as global rout continues

Technology stocks across the region were under pressure, including many Huawei partners and suppliers. Taiwan’s major tech names also struggled: Catcher Technology fell 9.89 percent, Taiwan Semiconductor was down 2.65 percent, Largan Precision lost 9.94 percent and iPhone assembler Hon Hai dropped 3.63 percent. “Huawei equipment is more widely used (than ZTE is) by carriers around the world, including in Europe and Africa,” they said. ZTE shares listed in Hong Kong were down 5.94 percent on the


Technology stocks across the region were under pressure, including many Huawei partners and suppliers. Taiwan’s major tech names also struggled: Catcher Technology fell 9.89 percent, Taiwan Semiconductor was down 2.65 percent, Largan Precision lost 9.94 percent and iPhone assembler Hon Hai dropped 3.63 percent. “Huawei equipment is more widely used (than ZTE is) by carriers around the world, including in Europe and Africa,” they said. ZTE shares listed in Hong Kong were down 5.94 percent on the
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Huawei CFO arrest hits Asian tech stocks hard; broader markets sell-off as global rout continues

Technology stocks across the region were under pressure, including many Huawei partners and suppliers.

Chipmaker Samsung tumbled 2.29 percent, Sunny Optical, which makes some of the lenses for Huawei phones, fell 5.47 percent and AAC Technologies declined 5.59 percent on the day. Chinasoft International, where Huawei is a strategic shareholder, dropped 11.71 percent.

Shares of Nikkei heavyweight SoftBank Group fell 4.93 percent. Last year, SoftBank and Huawei jointly demonstrated potential use of the next generation of high-speed mobile internet; SoftBank is taking its mobile unit public on Dec. 19.

The negative sentiment rippled through the broader Japanese tech sector, with shares of Tokyo Electron down 4.54 percent, Advantest falling 5.30 percent and TDK Corp dropping 6.64 percent.

Taiwan’s major tech names also struggled: Catcher Technology fell 9.89 percent, Taiwan Semiconductor was down 2.65 percent, Largan Precision lost 9.94 percent and iPhone assembler Hon Hai dropped 3.63 percent. Asia’s Apple suppliers, in general, saw Thursday declines.

Analysts at Jefferies pointed out that Huawei has a major global presence in various technology areas such as telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, smartphones and cloud computing. It also represents a major growth driver for many tech manufacturers.

Huawei’s Meng, who is the daughter of the company’s founder, faces extradition to the U.S., according to Canada’s Department of Justice.

While the arrest represents a new escalation in American efforts to hold Chinese companies accountable for violation of U.S. laws, it is likely to elicit an angry reaction from Beijing, according to Eurasia Group.

“The investigation of Huawei could be a prelude to further action against the firm and its senior officials,” the Eurasia Group analysts said, adding that if the U.S. places a sudden ban on Huawei equipment, like it did with ZTE, the impact would be much greater.

“Huawei equipment is more widely used (than ZTE is) by carriers around the world, including in Europe and Africa,” they said.

ZTE shares listed in Hong Kong were down 5.94 percent on the day.

Both Huawei and ZTE are restricted from selling telecoms equipment in the U.S. due to what the U.S. describes as national security concerns.


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Rising rates imperil world’s priciest property market

A booming Hong Kong property market is at risk. While it may not have shown up fully in property prices yet, Hong Kong’s stock market is already discounting a more testing outlook. Other factors that have supported Hong Kong’s property market in the past are now also under threat. Research by Colliers International, a property services company, shows the flow of Chinese capital being channelled into parts of Hong Kong’s residential market has slowed. Investors might be more alert to signs of a s


A booming Hong Kong property market is at risk. While it may not have shown up fully in property prices yet, Hong Kong’s stock market is already discounting a more testing outlook. Other factors that have supported Hong Kong’s property market in the past are now also under threat. Research by Colliers International, a property services company, shows the flow of Chinese capital being channelled into parts of Hong Kong’s residential market has slowed. Investors might be more alert to signs of a s
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Rising rates imperil world’s priciest property market

As a revitalized US dollar hits the highest level in more than a year, it is not simply emerging markets that are grappling with the fallout. A booming Hong Kong property market is at risk.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority was forced to intervene and buy the local currency this week for the first time since May to prevent the breaking of a peg with the US dollar that has been in place since the 1980s.

With further rate rises from the Federal Reserve expected to support the US currency, few are ruling out further action from Hong Kong’s de facto central bank, which has the effect of driving up the local interbank lending rate that is the basis for many mortgages in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

So far the effect on Hong Kong’s residential property market, where spaces as small as 117 square feet have been sold for HK$2.28m (US$290,000) this year and average prices are up more than double digits, has been muted, but experts warn that the outlook for next year is becoming far less rosy.

“Hong Kong has the classic symptoms of what have caused many past financial crises: an overvalued property market and high debt, leaving the City vulnerable to an accelerated Fed hiking cycle,” analysts at Nomura noted.

In the past week, a number of big banks in Hong Kong, including HSBC, have lifted rates on new mortgages. “Higher mortgage rates may result in a modest housing market correction in 2019,” said Young Sun Kwon and Minoru Nogimori of Nomura.

While it may not have shown up fully in property prices yet, Hong Kong’s stock market is already discounting a more testing outlook. Shares in large Hong Kong-focused developers have fallen this year, with Henderson Land Development down almost 12 percent, Sun Hun Kai 8 percent, Wheelock 7 percent and Great Eagle 5 percent.

Shareholders in local property developers are also worried about a proposal by Hong Kong’s government in June to impose a tax on vacant homes in an attempt to prevent the hoarding of property and to free up housing supply.

“[Property] is a very important part of Hong Kong’s economy, so the effect could be quite significant,” said Rob Subbaraman, chief economist and head of global markets research for Asia ex-Japan at Nomura. Construction and real estate services combined account for about a tenth of gross domestic product, he added.

Some analysts, including those at Morgan Stanley, expect prime rates, which are set by the banks and are another pricing benchmark for Hong Kong mortgages alongside Hibor, to rise within the second half of this year for the first time in about a decade.

Ken Yeung, a strategist at Citigroup, said the increase in property prices in the first half has lifted the risk of a drop in the second half, and is forecasting a 7 percent correction in this period. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch expect a 10-20 per cent slump in values in 2019-20.

A survey by Demographia, the urban public policy group, found, for the eighth year in a row, that Hong Kong is the least affordable property market in the world. Rental income has not kept pace with prices, weakening the investment case. According to CLSA, the residential rental yield is about 2.5 percent to 3 percent, down from 4.3 percent to 5 percent a decade ago.

“[Residential] property prices have pretty much tripled over the past decade and now look expensive relative to the Asian crisis, when they fell by a half from peak to trough,” said Gareth Leather, analyst at Capital Economics. “They now look massively overvalued.”

Other factors that have supported Hong Kong’s property market in the past are now also under threat.

Research by Colliers International, a property services company, shows the flow of Chinese capital being channelled into parts of Hong Kong’s residential market has slowed. Chinese investment in Hong Kong residential sites in the first half of this year amounted to $835m compared with $7bn for the whole of last year.

“The Chinese government is discouraging speculation in real estate, mainly in the residential sector . . . it’s affecting some of the developers who buy sites in Hong Kong,” said Terence Tang, managing director of capital markets and investment services at Colliers International Asia.

Still, some observers have pushed back on bleak forecasts for a price correction this year. Analysts at Morgan Stanley said that the recent tax measure on vacant properties, for example, was “unlikely to affect property prices unless market sentiment turns negative”.

Elysia Tse, head of Asia Pacific research and strategy at LaSalle Investment Management, said that while residential home prices in Hong Kong “could be at risk, particularly when coupled with interest rate increases”, she does not expect a substantial correction in the near-term.

Hong Kong’s property bears have been disappointed during the past decade. But with the Chinese economy slowing and the US dollar advancing, 2019 could be the year that changes.

Investors might be more alert to signs of a slowdown in the world’s least affordable property market.

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Private equity giant KKR sees ‘significant’ opportunity for ‘outsized’ returns in China amid trade war

For investors, that will mean “a significant long-term opportunity” despite the trade tensions, amid a need “to help fund this transition and receive potentially outsized returns along the way.” At an industry level, KKR sees technology and agriculture as being the main areas of interest. The demographic numbers 828 million strong in China, compared to just 66 million in the U.S. The change is “secular, not cyclical, and it has critical implications for return on capital in the Chinese corporate


For investors, that will mean “a significant long-term opportunity” despite the trade tensions, amid a need “to help fund this transition and receive potentially outsized returns along the way.” At an industry level, KKR sees technology and agriculture as being the main areas of interest. The demographic numbers 828 million strong in China, compared to just 66 million in the U.S. The change is “secular, not cyclical, and it has critical implications for return on capital in the Chinese corporate
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Private equity giant KKR sees 'significant' opportunity for 'outsized' returns in China amid trade war

“No doubt, this transition will take time, and it will likely be complicated in the near term by the political agendas of both the East and the West,” McVey added. “However, the long-term trends of the Chinese millennials helping to accelerate the transition of the nation towards more of a domestically focused, services-based economy with increasing technological advancements is undeniable.”

For investors, that will mean “a significant long-term opportunity” despite the trade tensions, amid a need “to help fund this transition and receive potentially outsized returns along the way.”

At an industry level, KKR sees technology and agriculture as being the main areas of interest. Semiconductors and soybeans have been key impacted areas during the ongoing trade battles, and are thus positioned best to provide a chance to capitalize, according to the analysis.

On a macroeconomic level, the surging millennial population is setting up as a big difference-maker.

The demographic numbers 828 million strong in China, compared to just 66 million in the U.S. They’re heavily influenced by online shopping sites, which in turn will drive the nation’s economic future, McVey wrote.

“The power of Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT) to decide which companies succeed or fail in China’s vast consumer and corporate markets has become both outsized and unprecedented,” he said.

“Indeed, by being part of the BAT network and infrastructure, several of the companies we met with in the healthy foods, data center, and logistics businesses are quickly emerging as almost preordained winners, often at the expense of incumbent companies in the more traditional consumer categories (many of which are multinational players).”

The change is “secular, not cyclical, and it has critical implications for return on capital in the Chinese corporate sector,” McVey added.

The enthusiasm did come with a note of caution: Growth in China has been uneven across sectors, with financials serving as a counterweight to otherwise strong performance. McVey said crosscurrents in both domestic and international policies can “materially enhance or diminish the investment thesis.


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Tesla could benefit from looser restrictions in China, says auto analyst

China may make it easier for foreign electric car companies to operate in the country, and new competition could affect homegrown vehicle manufacturers. The Chinese government claimed this week that it will remove foreign ownership caps for electric vehicle ventures this year. Beijing currently limits the size of the stake a non-Chinese company can hold in a joint venture. The move, while significant, is unlikely to have a huge effect on already established joint ventures in China, according to


China may make it easier for foreign electric car companies to operate in the country, and new competition could affect homegrown vehicle manufacturers. The Chinese government claimed this week that it will remove foreign ownership caps for electric vehicle ventures this year. Beijing currently limits the size of the stake a non-Chinese company can hold in a joint venture. The move, while significant, is unlikely to have a huge effect on already established joint ventures in China, according to
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Tesla could benefit from looser restrictions in China, says auto analyst

China may make it easier for foreign electric car companies to operate in the country, and new competition could affect homegrown vehicle manufacturers.

The Chinese government claimed this week that it will remove foreign ownership caps for electric vehicle ventures this year. Beijing currently limits the size of the stake a non-Chinese company can hold in a joint venture.

The move, while significant, is unlikely to have a huge effect on already established joint ventures in China, according to James Chao, the managing director for Asia Pacific at research firm IHS Markit.

Chinese companies already operating with partners from outside China have “developed a management structure and operational cadence with their joint venture partners that frankly works, and they’ll continue with that,” Chao told CNBC’s “Capital Connection.”


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