Tuesday, February 27, 2007

China's Markets Drop Almost 9%

From the WSJ:

Shanghai's benchmark stock index plunged nearly 9% on Tuesday, its biggest drop in more than 10 years, as investors unloaded shares to lock in profits after recent gains. Asian-Pacific markets ended mostly lower.

The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 8.8% to close at 2771.79, its biggest single-day decline since it fell 9.4% on Feb. 18, 1997, just after the death of Communist Party elder Deng Xiaoping. The Shanghai index had gained 1.4% on Monday to 3040.60, extending a spate of record high closes.

Shares in airlines, steelmakers and financial issues led declines, and Chinese traders said profit-taking was sparked by concerns additional macro-tightening policies could be introduced following the annual session of the China's National People's Congress that gets underway March 5.