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Asian Stocks Down as Investors Await U.S. Inflation Data

Stock MarketsSep 13, 2021 09:53PM ET
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By Gina Lee

Investing.com – Asia Pacific stocks were mostly down on Tuesday morning, steadying after their U.S. equivalents snapped a five-day drop. Investors now await U.S. inflation data for clues about the U.S. Federal Reserve’s timetable to begin asset tapering.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.79% by 9:46 PM ET (1:46 AM GMT), with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average on track for its highest close since 1990.

South Korea’s KOSPI gained 0.58% while in Australia, the ASX 200 edged down 0.16%.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.61%.

China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.62% and the Shenzhen Component was down 0.45%, with China due to release industrial production and retail sales on Wednesday. Chinese technology shares listed in the U.S. dropped for a fourth consecutive day as China’s regulatory tightening continues. Investors also continue monitoring China Evergrande Group's (HK:3333) debt situation as protests by homebuyers, retail investors and employees escalate.

U.S. shares fluctuated after energy firms boosted the S&P 500 overnight and Treasury yields continued to fall.

Commodities climbed to a 10-year high, with aluminum and steel among the materials on an upward trend. European gas and power also hit records.

Investors now await U.S. consumer price index data that is due later in the day, Strong earnings reports and the continued economic recovery from COVID-19 have boosted global shares in 2021. This rally has faced challenges more recently due to COVID-19 outbreaks involving the Delta strain and inflationary pressures.

“Investors don’t want to have massive positions before the inflation data as the risks are to the upside as COVID-19 inflation continues to hamper supply chains. If inflation comes in hotter-than-expected, taper expectations could shift from December to November,” Oanda senior market analyst Edward Moya said in a note.

Meanwhile, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will also hold its product-launch event later in the day.

Asian Stocks Down as Investors Await U.S. Inflation Data
 

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