Trades on the stock markets of East Asia opened on the morning of 24 June a small increase of the main indices. Thus, 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 of Seoul growing by 0.2%.
The reason for such caution investors have been mixed results of the referendum on the British exit from the European Union. At the time of opening of stock markets in Seoul and Tokyo at 3:00 MSK was known only nine constituencies out of 382 across the UK and overseas territory of Gibraltar.
By that time, nearly 53% of Britons were in favour of secession from the Union. The greatest support for eurosceptics received in the town of Broxburn to the North of London (66,3%) and in Sunderland is a large city in the North East of England (61.3 per cent).
A few minutes after news of Sunderland the British pound has fallen by almost 4%, reaching at $1.43. Earlier that night, the pound rose to a $1.50 after the publication of the latest opinion polls conducted on the day of the referendum.
The British currency has plummeted and relative to East Asian currencies. So, for one pound now on the market offer approximately ¥154, which is at least the beginning of this week. A similar situation exists in the case of Korean won: £1 is now worth 1,67 thousand out against 1.71 thousand out the night before.
Themselves Asian currency against the US dollar behave in different directions. Japanese yen for a few hours before the opening of trading fell by 1.5% to 105 for $1 and Korean won, by contrast, rose against the dollar by 0.6% compared to the previous day.