Hong Kong’s stock market has overtaken Japan to become the World’s 3rd largest stock market. The city’s equity market has become the 3rd most valuable, and just closely behind the US and mainland China.
The market value of the companies listed on Hong Kong bourses stood at $5.78 trillion, overtaking Japan’s stock market value that pegged at $5.76 trillion. Hong Kong’s stock market benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 17% since the beginning of the year, adding $937 billion of market value for stock trading with a major contribution from Tencent Holdings Ltd. that gained 22%. The bourse closed at its highest since June 2015. During the same period, Japan’s Topix Index climbed 8.3%. A stronger 2019 is predicted for Hong Kong and China expecting positive trade relations between China & US.