China stocks fall, led by tech names as trade worries fester


Chinese stocks fell Friday, with investors jittery ahead of next week’s U.S./China trade talks, and technology names under pressure over a report that the U.S. has been pressuring foreign allies to avoid doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co.

Not helping sentiment, oil prices

CLF9, -2.16%

 fell and U.S. stock futures

ESZ8, -0.37%

 indicated a lower open for Friday’s holiday-shortened session on Wall Street, which was closed for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday. Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday.

The Shanghai Composite

SHCOMP, -2.49%

fell 2%, while the smaller Shenzhen Composite

399106, -3.66%

tumbled 2.6%. A report in The Wall Street Journal that said the U.S. has been trying to persuade its foreign allies to avoid using China’s Huawei Technologies Co.’s telecoms equipment, citing cybersecurity concerns.

Telecom and tech stocks bore the brunt of losses, with Foxconn Industrial internet Co.

601138, -4.99%

 down 4%, Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co.

600804, -6.83%

off over 5% and ZTE Corp. 

000063, -3.37%

 down over 2%.

News of pressure over Huawei comes just ahead of trade talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping atthe G-20 summit in Argentina next week.

“Realistically the best that we are going to see from the G-20 is an agreement by the U.S. and China to keep talking. The trade tension story has moved past the point of a quick resolution. We expect this risk to continue to be a theme in 2019 which will continue to weigh on appetite for riskier assets,” said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group, in a note to clients.

U.S. officials warned Americans not to buy Huawei devices in February, saying they could be used to spy on users. Earlier this year, lawmakers introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, which would ban government agencies from using equipment from ZTE and Huawei.

Losses were more measured in Hong Kong, where the Hang Seng Index

HSI, -0.47%

 eased 0.5%. Elsewhere, the South Korea Kospi

SEU, -0.60%

fell 0.7%, while Taiwan

Y9999, -0.49%

stocks slipped 0.4%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200

XJO, +0.44%

rose 0.4%.

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2018-11-23 07:07:22

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