Asian Stocks Decline; U.S. Treasury Yield Steady: Markets Wrap
Asian equities dropped as technology shares came under earnings-related pressure and materials shares fell. Treasuries steadied after the global climb in yields that gripped markets early in 2018 made a comeback.
Stocks in China underperformed with those in Hong Kong and Korea also falling. Japanese shares fluctuated as the yen weakened. Tech shares were the regions biggest losers after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.s disappointing forecast rekindled concerns the handset boom is waning. Australian bonds tracked losses overnight in government debt markets from the U.K. to Germany and the U.S., where 10-year Treasury yields breached 2.90 percent. The dollar extended this weeks advance.
While investors debate the cause of the decline in sovereign debt, bond market gauges showed an increase in expectations for U.S. inflation after recent torrid gains in metals from aluminum to nickel. Trade remains in focus with the U.S. Treasury Department considering using an emergency law to curb Chinese investments in sensitive technologies.
Elsewhere, the Indian rupee weakened to the lowest since March 2017 and bonds slumped after minutes from the countrys central bank most recent meeting showed an unexpected hawkish tilt. Oil prices drifted.
Here are the main moves in markets: Stocks
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index decreased 0.6 percent as of 1:56 p.m. Tokyo time. Topix index rose 0.2 percent. Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index fell 0.4 percent. Kospi index decreased 0.3 percent. Australias S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.2 percent. Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.1 percent.
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.1 percent. The Japanese yen fell 0.3 percent to 107.65 per dollar. The euro fell less than 0.05 percent to $1.2342.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose less than one basis point to 2.91 percent. Japans 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.053 percent. Australias 10-year yield rose three basis points to 2.818 percent.
West Texas Intermediate crude fell less than 0.05 percent to $68.27 a barrel. Gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,342.33 an ounce. LME copper fell 0.4 percent to $6,954.50 per metric ton.
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