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Asian Stocks Fall as EV Makers Plunge on Demand Concerns

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Asian stocks fall as EV makers like BYD & Tesla stumble. Concerns over slowing EV demand & rising US yields hit markets. Taiwan earthquake adds to regional woes.

Asian stock markets closed lower on Wednesday, mirroring Wall Street’s losses from the previous day. Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers were hit particularly hard amid concerns over softening demand.

China led the decline, with BYD, a major EV maker, seeing its shares plummet 2.5% after reporting a significant drop in first-quarter sales. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell by 1.3%, while other Chinese EV companies, Nio and Li Auto, also experienced significant share price declines.

Tesla, a global leader in the EV market, wasn’t spared either. The company’s share price dropped 5% after reporting an 8.5% year-over-year decline in first-quarter vehicle deliveries.

Asian Stocks Fall as EV Makers Plunge on Demand Concerns

Despite positive news from China’s service sector, which registered its fastest expansion since December, the CSI 300 index still managed to close down 0.29%. A recent earthquake also impacted Taiwan’s markets, leading to a 0.63% drop in the Taiwan Weighted Index.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 and broader Topix indexes closed lower, down 0.97% and 0.29%, respectively. South Korea’s Kospi index and the small-cap Kosdaq also witnessed declines, closing 1.68% and 1.30% lower, respectively.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index extended its losses from the previous session, closing 1.3% at 7,785.4.

The negative sentiment continues the trend observed on Wall Street last week. Stubborn inflation figures coupled with robust economic data on Monday led to higher Treasury yields and reduced expectations of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s June interest rate cut. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 experienced their worst day since March 5th, closing down 1% and 0.72%, respectively. The Nasdaq Composite also witnessed a decline of 0.95%.

Investors will closely watch upcoming economic data releases today, including the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change and the ISM Services PMI, for further clues on the global economy’s health.

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