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Japan’s Nikkei 225 Falls More Than 2% As Asia-Pacific Shares Slide; Oil Falls More Than 1%

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Falls More Than 2% As Asia-Pacific Shares Slide; Oil Falls More Than 1%

Asia-Pacific stocks fell in Wednesday morning trade following an overnight tumble on Wall Street, with the Nasdaq Composite plunging nearly 3% as bond yields rise.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 2.41% while the Topix index dropped 2.5%. South Korea’s Kospi declined 1.85%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index declined 1.81% before paring some of those losses. Mainland Chinese stocks slipped as the Shanghai composite shed 0.98% and the Shenzhen component dipped 0.95%.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia fell 1.39%.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 1.3% lower.

Investors watched the 10-year Treasury yield, which crossed the 1.5% mark on Monday and has continued rising and was last sitting at 1.553%. Yields move inversely to prices.

The rising yields hit tech stocks overnight on Wall Street, with the Nasdaq Composite falling 2.83% to 14,546.68 for its worst day since March. Tech stocks are hit in an environment of rising yields as the rise in rates makes their future cash flows less valuable, and in turn, makes the popular stocks appear overvalued.

Tech stocks in Asia slipped in Wednesday morning trade, with shares of Japanese conglomerate Softbank Group falling 2.33% and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics dropping 2.62%.

Chinese tech shares in Hong Kong also declined, with Tencent plunging 3.32% and Alibaba slipping 2.98%. The Hang Seng Tech index fell 3.18%.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 declined 2.04% overnight to 4,352.63 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 569.38 points to 34,299.99. 

Oil prices were lower in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 1.06% to $78.25 per barrel. U.S. crude futures shed 1.1% to $74.45 per barrel.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.749 following its recent climb from below 93.6.

The Japanese yen traded at 111.56 per dollar, weaker than levels below 111.2 seen against the greenback earlier this week. The Australian dollar was at $0.7234 after yesterday’s drop from above $0.729.

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