In a welcome surge of optimism, international stock markets have seen a notable rise, with Chinese indexes taking the lead. This upturn comes in the wake of Beijing’s decision to implement additional support measures for the struggling property sector. U.S. stock-index futures also saw a slight increase, despite U.S. markets being closed for Labor Day. Meanwhile, Asian indexes experienced a universal climb, with notable gains in the Shanghai Composite Index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 also enjoyed a moderate bump.
A halt in the three-day loss streak of the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 index further bolstered the positive shift in the global market. The index’s recovery was most pronounced in the basic resources sector and among technology companies. Additionally, Novo Nordisk, a Denmark-listed pharmaceutical giant, saw its shares rise over 1%, solidifying its standing as Europe’s largest company by market capitalization and surpassing LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the continent’s previously most valuable corporation.
International Stock Markets Rally on Chinese Support Measures
International stock markets experienced a surge, particularly Chinese indexes, as Beijing introduced additional measures to boost its distressed property sector. The U.S. stock-index futures also saw a marginal increase, although U.S. markets remained closed due to the Labor Day holiday.
Asian and European Markets on the Rise
Asian indexes experienced a universal increase, with the Shanghai Composite Index rising by 1.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index also saw a notable climb of 2.5%, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose by 0.7%. In Europe, the pan-continental Stoxx Europe 600 index stopped a three-day losing streak, with the most significant gains seen in its basic resources sector and technology companies. Denmark’s Novo Nordisk shares rose by over 1%, further solidifying its position as Europe’s largest company by market capitalization, surpassing LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Friday.
Boost for Chinese Property Market
Major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, relaxed mortgage regulations for some home buyers last week, and other cities followed suit over the weekend. Furthermore, Country Garden, one of China’s most troubled property developers, reached an agreement with creditors to restructure an impending bond repayment. These steps are part of Beijing’s ongoing efforts to stabilize its real estate sector, with these latest measures seemingly accumulating a critical mass behind the campaign, according to Altaf Kassam, head of investment strategy and research at State Street Global Advisors. "Now it does feel like there is a bit more interest from the Chinese to protect the property market and give investors confidence," said Kassam.
Surge in Property Stocks and Crude Oil Prices
The news led to Hong Kong-listed shares of Country Garden skyrocketing by nearly 15%. Other Chinese property developers also experienced significant jumps, with Hong Kong-listed Longfor Group climbing over 8% and Seazen Group increasing by over 18%. In addition to this, crude oil prices remained close to a nine-month high as investors await further insight into supply plans from the Organization of Petroleum Supporting Countries and their allies.
The rally in the international stock markets, led by Chinese indexes, demonstrates the potential influence of government intervention on market performance. The Chinese property market’s boost highlights the critical role of effective government strategies in stabilizing and potentially reviving stressed sectors. Furthermore, the surge in property stocks following Beijing’s intervention underlines the potential for investor confidence to be restored through decisive policy measures. The close watch on crude oil prices also indicates the market’s sensitivity to supply plans from major oil producers, underlining the interconnectedness of global markets.