Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (6288) Moved Up 0.339% on Feb 14

February 14, 2018 - By Vivian Park

Shares of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (HKG:6288) last traded at 29.6, representing a move of 0.339%, or 0.1 per share, on volume of 600 shares. After opening the trading day at 29.6, shares of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. traded in a close range. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. currently has a total float of 10.00 billion shares and on average sees 30,540 shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 22.05 and high of 36.

What’s Behind Hong Kong’s Good Corporate Governance?

CG Watch, a biannual newsletter, has recently ranked Hong Kong as the second economy in Asia with the best corporate governance next to Singapore. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. company and its colleagues quickly became the part of Hong Kong trading life. Previously, Hong Kong has placed first. This feat is very telling of how compelling the environment for trade and commerce is in Hong Kong; and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) plays an important role in driving national economic growth.

Equity Market in Hong Kong

Established in 1891, the SEHK is the primary stock exchange in the world. In Asia, it is the third largest stock exchange while in the world, it is currently placed sixth.

Meanwhile, the Hang Seng Index (HSI), which was first published on November 24, 1969, is the benchmark index measuring the 50 most actively traded companies on the SEHK. Presently, it is operated by the Hang Seng Bank (HSB) Hang Seng Indexes Company. As a free-float market-capitalization-weighted index, it represents about 60% of the total market valuation on the SEHK. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. are among those who use the advantages of being inside the index list.

The HSI had reached its all-time low of 58.61 on August 31, 1967. Shortly before the beginning of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it had reached its all-time high of 31,638.22 on October 30, 2007 as investors resorted to safe-haven assets in Asia. During that session, the HSI had reached an intraday high of 31,958.41.

The HSI had first reached the 10,000 mark on December 10,1993; the 20,000 mark on December 28, 2006; and the 30,000 level on October 18, 2007. When the 2008 Global Financial Crisis had broken out, it lost nearly 70% of its peak, closing at 10,676.28 on October 27, 2008.

Having been able to recover, the HSI had once again reached the 20,000 mark on July 24, 2009, closing at 20,063.93. On August 19, 2014, it had reached the 25,000 mark; on April 8, 2015, the 26,000 mark.

Trading in Hong Kong

For a company to be eligible for inclusion in the HSI, it must meet a set of criteria.

First, it must of course be listed on the SEHK for at least 24 months prior to a particular rebalancing period. However, a company can already be eligible for inclusion even if it has only been listed on the SEHK for at least three months provided that it has a compelling overall market performance and valuation.

A company must also belong to the top 90% of the total market capitalization on the SEHK; and to the top 90% total turnover on the SEHK.

The HSI is rebalanced quarterly using the base value of 100— the base date being July 31, 1964.

The regular trading session on the SEHK lasts from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There is also a pre-market trading session that lasts from 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Investors must harry up to see what is going on with Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. stocks.

Entering the Hong Kong equity market is ideal for investors nowadays. It is the best way to bank on the promising future of not just Hong Kong’s thriving economy but most especially that of Asia.

More notable recent Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (HKG:6288) news were published by: Forbes.com which released: “Fast Fashion Has Completely Disrupted Apparel Retail” on May 21, 2015, also Qz.com with their article: “A new generation of even faster fashion is leaving H&M and Zara in the dust” published on April 06, 2017, Forbes.com published: “Who Are the Fast Fashion Leaders And Why Does It Matter?” on October 23, 2015. More interesting news about Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (HKG:6288) were released by: Forbes.com and their article: “Gap Inc Is Gradually Losing Its Share In The US Apparel Market To Fast-Fashion …” published on July 15, 2015 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Forget Amazon, Fast Retailing Is The Best Fast-Fashion Investment” with publication date: March 08, 2016.

Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as an apparel retailer in Japan and internationally. The company has market cap of $296.07 billion. The firm operates through UNIQLO Japan, UNIQLO International, and Global Brands divisions. It has a 0.84 P/E ratio. It plans, makes, and retails clothing for men, women, children, and babies; and lingerie, as well as other goods and items.

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