Asia-Pacific markets trade lower after Wall Street’s sharp declines

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Asia-Pacific markets traded lower on Tuesday morning after major indexes on Wall Street finished their worst day since June amid mounting rate hike concerns.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down 0.27%. The Shanghai Composite was flat and Shenzhen Component fell 0.23%. Japan’s Topix traded 1.08% lower, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.25%, while South Korea’s Kospi was down 0.77%. S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.49.

Oil prices edged up after Saudi Arabia said OPEC could cut output, with West Texas Intermediate Futures trading 0.85% higher, while Brent Futures rose 0.83%.

.N225 Nikkei 225 Index *NIKKEI 28430.77 -363.73 -1.26
.HSI Hang Seng Index *HSI 19555.4 -101.58 -0.52
.AXJO S&P/ASX 200 *ASX 200 7011.1 -35.8 -0.51
.SSEC Shanghai *SHANGHAI 3269.04 -8.76 -0.27
.KS11 KOSPI Index *KOSPI 2443.19 -19.31 -0.78
.FTFCNBCA CNBC 100 ASIA IDX *CNBC 100 7986.82 -72.54 -0.9

Investors will be watching markets for reaction to a sharp tumble on Wall Street overnight, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 600 points in its worst day since June, as the summer rally fizzled out and fears of aggressive interest rate hikes returned to Wall Street. The S&P 500 also tumbled 2%.

“There was a big hit to risk appetite in what was a night devoid of any top tier data. Instead markets are apprehensive ahead of US Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech,” Tapas Strickland of National Australia Bank said in a Tuesday note.

Australia’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers (PMI) Index signaled the first contraction in the private sector’s output since January, while Singapore is set to release its core inflation data later in the afternoon.

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Source : CNBC

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