South Korea Leads Asia ETFs Lower Upon Kim Jong Il’s Death (EWY, YAO, EWJ, EWS, EWA)

December 19, 2011 12:12pm NYSE:EWA

Randall Mah: The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il sent Asian stocks, particularly in South Korea, down as uncertainty over regional stability reverberated throughout the Pacific Rim.

Samsung shares sunk 3.6 percent. LG Electronics, the world’s third-largest mobile phone maker, and LG Display, the world’s No. 2 flat screen manufacturer, dropped 4.7% and 5.3%, respectively and should remain under pressure on Wall Street tomorrow.

Meanwhile, South Korean food manufacturers Nong Shim and Sam Yang Foods jumped 2.7% and 15%, respectively, amid fears of a rush for food supplies should conflict erupt on the Korean Peninsula.

By the end of trading on Monday, the KOSPI (NYSEARCA:EWY) plummeted 3.43%, up from an initial dip of 4.9%. The decline marked a three-week low and the biggest percentage drop in six weeks.

Chinese shares (NYSEARCA:YAO) fell 0.30%.Japanese shares (NYSEARCA:EWJ) were down 1.26%, hitting a three-week low. Singaporean shares (NYSEARCA:EWS) fell 1.55% and Australian stocks (NYSEARCA:EWA) dipped 2.49%.

Further pushing down Asian stocks were warnings from Fitch that it may downgrade seven European nations.

Asian and European currencies fell against the dollar, a traditional safe-haven currency. China’s yuan fell 0.16% to 6.3376. The British pound dipped 0.23% to $1.5506. Meanwhile, the euro dropped 0.13% to $1.3024.

Written By Randall Mah From Emerging Money

Emerging Money provides insightful and timely  information about the increasingly important world of Emerging Market investments. CNBC Emerging Markets Contributor Tim Seymour leads the  team of Emerging Money to bring you cutting edge global news and  analysis.

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