intell asia captis executive search management consulting leadership board services

Asian equities clock biggest foreign outflows since March 2020

Asian equities clock biggest foreign outflows since March 2020

04-Jun-2021 Intellasia |
Reuters |
5:02 AM

Print This Post

<!–

–>

<!– –>

Asian equities in May clocked their biggest foreign outflows in 14 months due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region and as growing inflationary pressure tempered risk appetite.

Data from stock exchanges in South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and India showed foreigners net sold a combined total of $12.05 billion in regional equities, the highest since March 2020.

“The outflows in May were driven by different reasons in different markets, but the common thread was COVID-19 resurgence,” Manishi Raychaudhuri, Asia-Pacific equity strategist at BNP Paribas, said.

He said markets such as Taiwan, Thailand and India, which faced a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, were sold down by FIIs in anticipation of decline in consumption and cuts in earnings estimates.

South Korea led outflows, seeing net sales of $7.97 billion last month on concerns over rising inflation, which has reinforced calls for gradual monetary tightening.

Taiwan faced outflows worth $2.1 billion, with the sub-tropical nation dealing with its worst drought in history after no typoons directly hit the island last year, meaning much less rain.

Thai and Indian equities saw net sales of $1.1 billion and $389 million, respectively.

India’s daily infection rates have been falling in recent weeks, offering hope that a devastating second week is ebbing.

However, worries still linger, as just 3 percent of the country’s population have been vaccinated so far, which is the lowest rates among the 10 countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

BNP Paribas’ Raychaudhuri said he expects foreign flows to improve selectively in a few Asian markets in the second half of 2021, particularly in Taiwan and South Korea.

“Korea and Taiwan should benefit in the medium-term as corporate earnings in both markets are strongly driven by global consumption revival particularly that in the developed economies a trend that we believe is likely to last for a while,” he said.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/asian-equities-clock-biggest-foreign-outflows-since-march-2020-2021-06-03/

Category: FinanceAsia

<!–
email captis executive search management consulting leadership board services
  –>
Print This Post

This is not a CAPTIS article. Originally, it was published here.