27 Jun '11, 3am

Asian stocks down as European debt fears rise

HONG KONG: Asian stock markets mostly fell on Monday as dealers worried that Greece's debt problems were going to infect other parts of Europe. Markets dropped after a warning at the back end of last week from Moody's over Italian banks' creditworthiness, with the ratings agency saying it was mulling downgrades across the sector. The renewed fears sent the European common currency down, which had knock-on effects in Tokyo, where companies with heavy exposure to the euro helped pull the market 0.86 per cent lower by the break. Sydney was 1.01 per cent down, Seoul was 1.17 per cent off and Hong Kong dropped 0.73 per cent. Shanghai proved the regional exception, adding 0.22 per cent as dealers looked to domestic news, focusing on positive comments from Premier Wen Jiabao, who said inflation looked tameable this year. His comments were interpreted as meaning that Beijing may t...

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