Asian stocks dropped, after their best month since May 2009, as industrial companies led losses following data signaling a contraction in Chinese manufacturing.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.5 percent to 133.77 as of 9:01 a.m. in Tokyo. The measure rallied 8.6 percent in October as China cut interest rates and the European Central Bank hinted at potential extra stimulus, while U.S. and Japanese policy makers kept their monetary policies accommodative. China’s first key indicator this quarter, an official factory gauge, missed analysts’ estimates, signaling that the manufacturing sector has yet to bottom out as global demand falters and deflationary pressures deepen.
The purchasing managers’ index was unchanged at 49.8 in October, the National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday, compared with the median estimate of 50 in a Bloomberg survey. The non-manufacturing PMI, a barometer of services and construction, fell to 53.1 from 53.4 in September, the weakest since December 2008. Final numbers for the private Caixin China factory PMI are due Monday, with economists surveyed by Bloomberg projecting a reading of 47.6.