Chinese property stocks, which have led a recent rally in the region after rate cutting by the U.S.
, also suffered the bloodbath.
Cheung Kong Holdings
fell 2.34%, to HK$142.10, while
Sun Hung Kai Properties
lost 3.01%, to HK$12.26, and
shed 3.53%, to HK$86.15.
lost 3.8%, to HK$137.90,
fell back 2.9%, to HK$21.95, and
(CHU - Get Report)
lost 1.7%, to HK$16.16.
In Japan, exports were hit hard, as the yen soared to its highest level in nearly 18 months. The yen was trading at 112.59 yen vs. dollars in Asian trading, up from yesterday's 113.95.
That's great news for the
Currencyshares Japanese Yen Trust
ETF, which has been gaining this week as the yen has refused to slide vs. global currencies and the yen carry trade has been out of favor with Asian hedge funds.
(SNE - Get Report)
lost 2.35%, to 5,390 yen, while
(CAJ - Get Report)
lost 1.04%, to 5,660 yen, and
plunged 5.5%, to 63,800 yen.
Machine orders in Japan, which is a widely-used proxy for investment in the country, fell by 7.6% in September on the month, much weaker than the 1.5% decline expected by analysts.
This signals that the Bank of Japan may hold off raising Japanese interest rates even in the first quarter of 2008, as many widely expected, say regional economists.