Asian Markets A Sea Of Red Over Growth Concerns

Asian stock markets are trading mostly lower on Tuesday, following the mildly negative cues from global markets overnight, amid sinking oil prices, concerns over slowing growth and the rising tension between China and the U.S over Taiwan visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Lingering concerns about the outlook for the economy, inflation and interest rates also weighed on sentiment. Asian markets closed mostly higher on Monday.

The Australian stock market is modestly lower on Tuesday, snapping the five-session winning streak, with the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 staying below the 7,000 mark, following the mildly negative cues from global markets overnight, as traders await the Reserve Bank interest rate decision later in the day, with the RBA tipped to raise rates by another 50 basis points to a six-year high.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index is losing 27.20 points or 0.39 percent to 6,965.80, after hitting a low of 6,944.90 earlier. The broader All Ordinaries Index is down 30.80 points or 0.43 percent to 7,182.20. Australian stocks closed significantly higher on Monday.

Among the major miners, Rio Tinto, and Mineral Resources are losing almost 1 percent each, while BHP Group and Fortescue Metals are declining almost 2 percent each. OZ Minerals is down 2.5 percent.

Oil stocks are lower, with Beach energy and Origin Energy losing more than 1 percent each, while Woodside Energy and Santos are down almost 1 percent each.

Among tech stocks, Afterpay owner Block is gaining almost 3 percent and Zip is surging almost 8 percent, while WiseTech Global and Xero are edging up 0.3 to 0.5 percent each. Appen plunging almost 27 percent after it said it sees significantly worse than expected results for the first half and warned of an uncertain outlook.

Gold miners are mostly higher. Newcrest Mining is edging up 0.4 percent, Resolute Mining is gaining almost 2 percent Northern Star Resources is adding almost 1 percent and Gold Road Resources is up more than 1 percent, while Evolution Mining is edging down 0.4 percent.

Among the big four banks, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac are edging up 0.5 percent each, while ANZ Banking is edging down 0.2 percent.

In economic news, the Reserve Bank of Australia will wrap up its monetary policy meeting and then announce its decision on interest rates. The RBA is expected to hike its benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points, for the third straight month, to 1.85 percent from 1.35 percent.

In the currency market, the Aussie dollar is trading at $0.701 on Tuesday.

The Japanese stock market is sharply lower on Tuesday, giving up all the gains in the previous session, with the Nikkei 225 falling below the 27,600 level, following the mildly negative cues from global markets overnight, with weakness in technology, financial and energy-linked shares.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Index closed the morning session at 27,549.41, down 443.94 points or 1.59 percent, after hitting a low of 27,530.60 earlier. Japanese shares ended significantly higher on Monday.

Market heavyweight SoftBank Group is edging down 0.2 percent, while Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing is gaining almost 1 percent. Among automakers, Honda is losing more than 1 percent and Toyota is declining almost 2 percent.

In the tech space, Advantest is losing almost 1 percent, while Tokyo Electron and Screen Holdings are declining more than 1 percent each. In the banking sector, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial and Mizuho Financial are losing almost 2 percent each.

The major exporters are lower, with Mitsubishi Electric losing almost 3 percent, Canon declining almost 2 percent and Panasonic down more than 1 percent, while Sony is flat.

Among the other major losers, Hino Motors is plunging more than 9 percent, while Isetan Mitsukoshi and Daiichi Sankyo are slipping almost 5 percent. Toto and Japan Steel Works are losing more than 4 percent, while Chugai Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Holdings, Komatsu and Kubota are down almost 4 percent. Denso, Aozora Bank, Sumitomo Pharma, Mitsui & Co., Yaskawa Electric and Omron are declining more than 3 percent.

Conversely, TDK is soaring more than 12 percent.

In the currency market, the U.S. dollar is trading in the higher 130 yen-range on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan are plunging between 1.8 and 2.9 percent, while New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore Malaysia and Indonesia are lower by between 0.1 and 0.9 percent each.

On Wall Street, stocks turned in a sluggish performance on Monday, the first trading session of August, and ended slightly weak after recording their best month in the Year in July. Fairly encouraging corporate earnings updates helped limit market’s downside.

The major averages all ended in negative territory despite seeing a brief spell in positive territory. The Dow ended with a loss of 46.73 points or 0.14 percent at 32,798.40, after moving between 32,640.79 and 32,972.03. The S&P 500 ended lower by 11.66 points or 0.28 percent at 4,118.63, while the Nasdaq settled at 12,368.98, down 21.71 points or 0.18 percent from the previous close.

The major European markets all also showed moves to the downide on the day. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 ended 0.13 percent down, France’s CAC 40 ended lower by 0.18 percent and Germany’s DAX edged down 0.03 percent.

Crude oil prices fell sharply on Monday amid concerns about outlook for energy demand and ahead of this week’s OPEC+ meeting. West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures for September ended lower by $4.73 or 4.8 percent at $93.89 a barrel.

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