Asian investors prepare for choppy trade as U.S. stimulus talks drag on
Asian investors prepared for rough trading on Thursday after a bumpy session on Wall Street amid fears that agreement on a key U.S. stimulus bill will not be reached until after the presidential election on November 3
Asian investors prepared for rough trading on Thursday after a bumpy session on Wall Street amid fears that agreement on a key U.S. stimulus bill will not be reached until after the presidential election on November 3.
In early Asian trade, Australian stocks <.AXJO> fell at the open.
"We’re looking at a fairly rough day for regional investors, we had a volatile session in the U.S.," said Michael McCarthy, chief markets strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney. "Futures markets are reflecting a worse day here. We’ll see losses across the region."
MSCI`s gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> shed 0.06%.
On Wednesday, the Nikkei 225 index <.N225> closed up 0.31% at 23,639.46. The futures contract is down 0.31% from that close.
Hong Kong`s Hang Seng index futures <.HSI> <.HSIc1> were up 0.32%.
Wall Street`s three major averages closed lower on Wednesday after a choppy trading session, as investors eyed difficult negotiations in Washington for a fresh coronavirus stimulus package.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> inched lower by 0.35%, while the S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 0.22%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 0.28%.
U.S. lawmakers had not reached an agreement on the stimulus package by late Wednesday. President Donald Trump blasted Democrats in a Tweet, accusing them of being unwilling to compromise, despite earlier reports of progress.
The dollar hit a seven-week low on Wednesday against a basket of currencies, while benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose to four-month highs, after Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi boosted hopes an agreement on stimulus was close.
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