Japan’s Nikkei 225 drops more than 3% and enters correction territory following Wall Street losses


SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific fell in Tuesday morning trade following overnight losses on Wall Street, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite falling more than 2%.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dropped 3.21%, as shares of Fast Retailing fell 6.87%. The Topix index also declined 2.05%. The Tuesday declines left the Nikkei in correction territory, more than 10% off its mid-September high.

South Korea’s Kospi shed 2.16%. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong dropped 0.7%.

Shares in Australia also slipped, with the S&P/ASX 200 down 0.86%. The Reserve Bank of Australia is set to announce its interest rate decision at around 11:30 a.m. HK/SIN on Tuesday.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.95% lower.

Markets in mainland China remain closed on Tuesday for the holidays.

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Overnight stateside, the S&P 500 dropped 1.3% to 4,300.46 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 323.54 points to 34,002.92. The Nasdaq Composite slipped 2.14% to around 14,255.49.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.941 following a recent decline from above 94.

The Japanese yen traded at 111.06 per dollar, stronger than levels above 111.1 seen against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7266, largely holding on to gains after its rise from below $0.724 late last week.

Oil prices were higher in the morning of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures rising 0.39% to $81.58 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 0.27% to $77.83 per barrel.



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