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Asian stocks mostly decline with Trump-Xi meeting awaited
On Thursday, Asian stocks mostly eased, with traders eagerly waiting for the tone of summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida.
Japanese markets dropped on a stronger yen with the Nikkei 225 sliding 1.40%.
Additionally, Toshiba sacked the chairman of Westinghouse Electric, its American nuclear subsidiary, before the latter dared to file for bankruptcy the previous week. As a result, the Japanese conglomerate faces billions of US dollars in losses because of huge cost overruns incurred by Westinghouse. In Asia trade Toshiba stocks stood still.
The Shanghai composite grew 0.15%, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index lost 0.48%. The Caixin services PMI for March in China hit a six-month minimum of 52.2, which is below expectations.
Overnight, American stocks closed lower after the Fed minutes from its March gathering. The major US bank dropped a hint that it would start shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet later in 2017.
The market is resilient ahead of the speeches of Fed’s Powell and ECB President Lagarde, but there are still interesting movements.
The uncertainty over US fiscal stimulus and Brexit, and also rising new virus cases deteriorated the market mood. That’s why we can expect the further rally of the US dollar and the fall of riskier assets today.
The market sentiment is mixed, but there are still interesting movements on the market.