The Shanghai Exchange opened after the long New Year holidays and immediately began to reflect the decline in markets that had occurred during the downtime of some Chinese exchanges.
To calm down local markets, the Chinese Central Bank announced a 1.2 trillion yuan (about $175 billion) in reverse repo operations. It also announced a 10-point rate cut to provide a longer-term liquidity injection into the financial system.
More than 8% decline of some Chinese platforms is now no more than a big headline for financial media, as well as the news that offshore Chinese yuan crossed 7.0 on Monday morning.
Hong Kong stock exchanges, which was opened on last Wednesday, were mostly in green this morning, reflecting both the actions of the Chinese Central Bank and government, as well as the general decline in the degree of anxiety around the virus.
There is also a decline in demand for protective instruments on the foreign exchange market. Thus, the Japanese yen is declining from monthly highs to the dollar, rising from 108.50. The American dollar was losing positions on Friday, especially against the euro and the pound. The Australian dollar, which on Friday was one step away from the 11-year lows, is also trying to find the power for recovery.
Of course, traders and investors should understand that the situation remains alarming, and at any moment news of coronavirus spreading to other countries can hit the indices and global demand for risk assets. However, there are increasing signs that some investors are trying to pick up beaten assets on expectation that previous market reactions were too harsh and that government and central bank actions will finally turn the situation around.