China loses spot as world’s No 2 stock market
Data from Bloomberg News in intra-day trade on Aug. 3 showed the value of equities on the mainland had slipped behind those in their neighboring country for the first time since taking the number-two spot in 2014.
The figures showed Chinese stocks were worth $6.09 trillion, compared with $6.17 trillion in Japan.
While global markets have been broadly hit by fears of a trade war between the world’s top two economies, Chinese equities are among the worst performers this year, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slumping more than 16 percent since the start of January.
The pressure was ratcheted up this week when the White House said it was considering more than doubling threatened tariffs on a range of Chinese imports worth $200 billion.
Washington has already imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods and is considering hitting another $16 billion in the coming weeks.