Slowing infections in South Korea and stimulus in Singapore and Japan pushed stocks higher Monday, but tighter restrictions will hurt Asia's economies.
The world's 4th largest population has under 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. Yet the Indonesian rupiah has breached 16,000, a level not seen since the Asian financial crisis over 20 years ago.
With Tokyo's coronavirus case count accelerating, investors are bracing themselves in case the still-bustling capital goes into lockdown.
The Singapore market is improving as the government takes decisive action on Covid-19. If the city can't pull off a recovery, nowhere can.
The country hit first by the coronavirus export out of China has brought its outbreak under control -- and is maintaining its economy while curbing a health crisis.
The International Olympic Committee is under fierce pressure, having given itself a month before deciding on the date for the 2020 Games. What's the huge rush? The Games must go ahead somehow.
Fujifilm Holdings has a promising drug that seems to work in improving the outcome for coronavirus patients in China and Japan, though Avigan is a treatment not a cure.
There are country-specific reasons why Australia, India and Thailand are leading Asia's plunge, but the whole region is in recession, S&P correctly says.
Stimulus measures and government bans have opposing effects and are driving equity markets forward and back in unpredictable ways.
Coronavirus is the catalyst that rocked a very delicate boat, which came across an oil tornado's path. Commodities will be the biggest beneficiary of the turnaround, once it comes.