Japan's stock market fell the most in two years yesterday (Monday) in the aftermath of Friday's devastating earthquake, the biggest in Japanese history. Rolling blackouts and factory damage threatened exports for some of the country's biggest companies, many of which play a key role in industries' global supply chain.
The Nikkei 225 stock index closed down 6.2% yesterday at 9,620.49, after falling 1.7% Friday.
"The market is pricing in a better understanding of the enormity and complexity of the two natural disasters that struck Japan," Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer at Pacific Investment Management Co., told Bloomberg News. "The immediate impact will be felt through lower global aggregate demand, disrupted supply chains and funds flows into Japan."