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Asian Markets Stumble on Tech Slump and Economic Uncertainty

Markets Stumble Tech Slump

Asian markets stumble amid economic concerns and tech slump. Global indexes decline; investors monitor upcoming events closely.

Today, Asian markets faced significant challenges as economic worries and a global tech slump weighed heavily on investor sentiment. Here’s a breakdown of the latest market movements and critical developments:

Global Market Overview

  • Asian Stock Markets: The Nikkei led losses, dropping by 2.11%. The Shanghai Composite managed a modest gain of 0.28%, while the Hang Seng surged by 1.28%. Australia’s ASX fell by 1.82%.
  • Commodities: Gold saw a slight uptick, reaching $2184.5 (+0.06%), while silver experienced a minor decline to $24.57 (-0.11%). Brent and WTI oil prices slipped, with Brent at $81.53 (-0.36%) and WTI at $77.67 (-0.46%).
  • Rates: The US 10-year yield stood at 4.069, the UK 10-year yield at 4.003, and Germany’s 10-year yield at 2.270.

News & Data

  • In Canada, the employment change surpassed expectations at 40.7K, while the unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8%.
  • The US reported a non-farm employment change of 275K, exceeding the expected 198K, with an unemployment rate of 3.9% versus the anticipated 3.7%.

Asian Markets Stumble on Tech Slump and Economic Uncertainty

Markets Update

  • Japan: The Nikkei 225 experienced a sharp decline of nearly 3%, driven by losses in the technology sector. This drop follows speculation about the central bank’s potential rate hikes despite Japan narrowly avoiding a technical recession.
  • China: The country witnessed its first month of inflation, with the consumer price index rising 0.7% year on year in February, surpassing expectations after four consecutive months of deflation.
  • South Korea: The Kospi slipped by 0.46%, while the Kosdaq saw marginal gains.
  • Australia: The S&P/ASX 200 retreated by 1.83%, retracting from its recent all-time high.
  • Hong Kong & Mainland China: Contrary to the overall trend, the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong surged by 1.28%, while the mainland Chinese CSI 300 rose by 0.8%.

US Market Update

  • In the US, all major indexes closed lower on Friday. Nvidia, a prominent player in artificial intelligence, suffered its worst session since late May, ending the day down over 5%.
  • Despite the Labor Department’s report of a 275,000 increase in non-farm payrolls, investors reacted to a higher jobless rate of 3.9%. The S&P 500 lost 0.65%, the Nasdaq Composite slipped 1.16%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average relinquished 0.18%.

Upcoming Events

  • Japan’s Producer Price Index (PPI) year-on-year data will be released at 1:30 PM GMT, providing further insights into the country’s economic health.

The prevailing economic concerns and tech sector slump will likely influence market dynamics in the coming days as investors closely monitor domestic and global developments.

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