Monday, March 5, 2007

Asian and European Stocks Tank

From the WSJ:

Asian stocks dropped sharply across the region, with Japanese shares declining for the fifth session in a row, while Hong Kong retreated 4%.

Japan's Nikkei 225 Index fell 3.34% to 16642.25, extending a slide for a fifth day that was sparked by last week's plunge in Chinese and U.S. stock markets. Exporters were hit hardest on the yen's recent rally. Since climbing to its highest in nearly seven years last Monday, the index has slid 1573.10 points, or 8.64%, over the last five trading sessions.

The rest of the region and Europe was just as ugly.

Markets in Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, India and South Korea all fell sharply Monday, continuing their declines from last week, when a 9 percent plunge in Chinese stocks on Tuesday triggered cascading selloffs on Wall Street and other global markets.

European markets also opened lower Monday, with Britain's benchmark FTSE 100 down 1.5 percent in early trading, France's CAC 40 sliding 1.8 percent and Germany's DAX sinking 2.1 percent.

It's going to be a bumpy week.