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Asian Stock Markets Experience Downturn: Nikkei, Shanghai, Hang Seng, ASX Record Losses

In the latest update on global markets, the Asian stock markets have witnessed a significant downturn:

  • Nikkei: Down 1.33%
  • Shanghai Composite: Down 1.43%
  • Hang Seng: Down 2.24%
  • ASX: Down 0.89%

Commodities Reflect Market Fluctuations

Commodity prices have responded to market dynamics

  • Gold: $2052.45 (0.53%)
  • Silver: $24.89 (-0.06%)
  • Brent Oil: $77.61 (-0.06%)
  • WTI Oil: $73.09 (-0.03%)

Interest Rates Update: Global 10-Year Yields

  • U.S.: 4.235%
  • U.K.: 4.216%
  • Germany: 2.342%

Market Update: Asian Stocks Drop, Bitcoin and Gold Soar

Investors in the Asia-Pacific region faced a downturn as economic updates unfolded. South Korea’s November inflation rate of 3.3%, below the 3.7% forecast, and Tokyo’s drop in inflation to 2.6% set a cautious tone. China’s service Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reached a three-month high, while Hong Kong and India awaited private PMI readings.

Market Performance in Detail

  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index: -1.67%
  • China’s CSI 300 index: Four-year low, -0.80%
  • Japan’s Nikkei 225: -1.18%
  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200: -0.89%
  • South Korea’s Kospi: -0.44%
  • South Korea’s small-cap Kosdaq: -1.29%

In the U.S., significant indexes declined after five weeks of gains. The Dow Jones fell by 0.11%, the S&P 500 by 0.54%, and the Nasdaq Composite by 0.84%—investors divested from Big Tech shares, impactful in this year’s market surge. Interestingly, Bitcoin surpassed $41,000, reaching a 19-month high, while gold attained its highest intraday level.

Lower-than-expected inflation in South Korea and Tokyo triggered the Asian market slump, portraying a national trend indicator. Despite positive PMI data in China, Hong Kong and mainland China experienced market losses, setting a regional downward trend. In the U.S., significant indexes saw declines as investors shifted away from Big Tech stocks. However, Bitcoin and gold saw powerful surges, highlighting alternative investment interests.

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