Asian shares and currencies fell on the news from the UK


Asian financial stocks fell on the news of a possible British exit from the EU following a referendum, which was held on Thursday, June 23. To 6:30 Moscow time Japanese NIKKEI 225 index fell by 3.05%, Hong Kong Hang Seng – on 3,33%, the Shanghai SSE Comp – on 1,21%.

The Japanese yen soared to its highest against the dollar in two and a half years, to 6:30 Moscow time the dollar fell the yen by 4.6% to 101,6. In the course of trading, the dollar briefly broke the mark of 100 yen.

The Korean won lost 3.3%, the Chinese yuan is 0.75%. MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index fell 1.3%.

At the opening of trading on 24 June, the indices of East Asia grow: the leading index of the Tokyo stock exchange’s Nikkei rose in the first minutes of trading on 0.6% and the KOSPI stock exchange Seoul – 0.2%. The indices of two main stock markets in China — in Hong Kong and Shanghai held near the previous day’s close. The reason for the cautiousness of the investors were mixed results of the referendum on the British exit from the European Union. An hour after the start of trading, when the first results of the referendum in the UK showed the superiority of the supporters of leaving the EU, the indexes began to fall.

At the time of opening of stock markets in Seoul and Tokyo at 3:00 Moscow time was known only nine constituencies out of 382 across the UK and overseas territory of Gibraltar.

By 7 a.m., according to Bloomberg, for an exit from the European Union voted 51.9% of the British, the votes have been counted for 348 of 382 regions. As informs “bi-Bi-si”, for withdrawal from the EU voted the most Northern and southern England, the largest city of Wales, and such industrial centres as Coventry, Birmingham, Sunderland and Sheffield prior to the referendum was considered a city where you had to defeat opponents Brexit.