China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite stock market is tanking on Monday after disappointing economic data.
The Shanghai Composite is down 3.12% at a 2-month low as of 7.50 a.m. GMT (2.50 a.m. ET):
The slide comes after data over the weekend showed Chinese exports declined by 1.8% in April, while imports slid by a steep 10.9%. PMI numbers for the same month also showed a slowdown in economic activity.
Elsewhere, the Hang Seng is up 0.44% in Hong Kong, just hanging on to gain. Stock markets in Japan are also rallying. The Nikkei closed up 0.68%, its first positive session in four after the Bank of Japan decided not to take any stimulus action at the end of April.
Oil is bouncing on Monday as the wildfire raging in Canada continues to disrupt production and the market reacts the Saudi Arabia’s first new oil minister in 20 years.