China’s financial markets will remain shuttered until at least Feb. 3 due to coronavirus fears, according to separate announcements from the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges.
The move comes as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak grows in size and severity with many fearing it may lead to a global recession.
The Chinese government may be trying to delay panic selling until it can get the massive outbreak under control. But this strategy is unlikely to work because of the sheer impact the virus is already having on the nation’s economy. Investors can expect to see a large correction in the Chinese indices when (and if) trading resumes next Monday.
The impact of this crisis is sure to bleed into American markets and may trigger a stock market correction.
In response to the crisis, China has decided to extend the Lunar New Year break on trading by four days. This looks to be an attempt to prevent panic selling due to the outbreak. However, the Feb. 3rd date for a resumption of trading may be delayed because Shanghai authorities have separately advised companies not to resume work until at least Feb. 9th.
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