MANILA, Philippines - Citing deepening European debt concerns, most markets in Asia fell on Tuesday, June 26, except Philippines and Hong Kong.
The Philippines Stock Exchange main index climbed 0.52% higher, adding 26.64 points to 5,193.84.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone rose 1.91% to 2,674 pesos while Ayala Corp. added 0.43% to P470.
Hong Kong rebounded from 3 days of losses to end 0.45%, or 84.39 points, higher at 18,981.84.
Most markets fell after 28 Spanish banks were hit with a downgrade as traders remained downbeat ahead of a European Union summit.
Adding to the gloomy sentiment, Cyprus became the 5th eurozone country out of the 17 countries in the bloc to seek a bailout.
Tokyo fell 0.81%, or 70.63 points, to 8,663.99, Seoul was 0.41% off, shedding 7.57 points to 1,817.81 and Sydney closed 0.36%, or 14.5 points, lower at 4,013.3.
Shanghai was flat, closing 2.04 points down at 2,222.07.
Taipei fell 0.40%, or 28.45 points, to 7,137.93 and Wellington ended down 0.58%, or 19.80 points, at 3,381.32.
Eyes are on the two-day meeting of EU leaders on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29, as they try to overcome their differences to save the troubled euro.
But despite so much at stake -- with Italy and Spain now in focus -- investors say they do not expect any concrete plan to evolve owing to the divisions between the pro-growth and pro-austerity camps.
"Expectations are very low for the upcoming European summit," said Tim Waterer, senior trader at CMC Markets in Sydney.
"There is a feeling that nothing concrete is going to come out of it and that we will be none the wiser about the solution to long-term problems," he told Dow Jones Newswires.
On Tuesday morning French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said he would be holding talks with his counterparts from Germany, Spain and Italy in the run-up to the summit.
In a fresh blow, ratings agency Moody's hit 28 Spanish banks with new credit downgrades Monday.
As Madrid formally requested a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) for the banking sector from its eurozone partners, Moody's said the banks faced rising losses from commercial real estate loans.
The agency said Madrid's own lowered credit grade also contributed to the rating cuts.
Moody's last week cut the ratings of 15 of the biggest names in banking including Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC and Deutsche Bank, citing their exposure to each other and the financial crisis.
On Monday Cyprus, which had a large exposure to Greek government debt, requested financial help from its eurozone partners, following Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain.
While it did not specify the amount, local media speculated it would be in the region of five billion euros.
On Wall Street the Dow fell 1.09%, the S&P 500 slid 1.60 percent and the tech-rich Nasdaq lost 1.95%.
In late afternoon Asian forex trade the euro bought $1.2513 and 99.60 yen, compared with $1.2502 and 99.58 yen in New York late Monday.
The dollar bought 79.56 yen, compared with 79.67 yen.
Oil prices slipped. New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in August, slid 24 cents to $78.97 in the afternoon and Brent North Sea crude for August delivery dipped 21 cents to $90.80.
Gold was at $1,585.95 an ounce at 0810 GMT, compared with $1,569.01 late Monday.
26 June 2012