Asia markets: investors watch Russia-Ukraine war, Covid wave in China

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific have been combined in Monday commerce as investors monitor a Covid wave in China. Meanwhile, oil costs continued to be unstable amid the Russia-Ukraine battle.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 3.81% by the afternoon, with Chinese tech shares taking a beating: Tencent fell 4.51%, Alibaba slipped 7.82% and Meituan plunged 11.23%. The Hang Seng Tech index tumbled extra 7%.

Mainland Chinese shares have been additionally decrease, with the Shanghai composite down 1.3% whereas the Shenzhen part shed 1.612%.

Elsewhere, Taiwan's Taiex declined 0.15%. Shares of Hon Hai Precision Industry, also referred to as Foxconn, slipped 0.97%. The main Apple provider introduced Monday it has suspended operations in China's Shenzhen metropolis to adjust to native Covid restrictions, in line with Reuters.

South Korea's Kospi additionally dipped 0.85%.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 climbed 0.81% whereas the Topix index superior 0.95%. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia gained 1.09%.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares exterior Japan traded 1.62% decrease.

Investors continued watching developments on the Russia-Ukraine battle, which is disrupting transport and air freight. Elsewhere, markets additionally monitored a latest wave of Covid infections in China — together with the key metropolis of Shenzhen.

"China is experiencing the largest wave of COVID since the end of national lockdown in March 2020," ANZ Research's Raymond Yeung and Zhaopeng Xing wrote in a Monday be aware.

"If the lockdown is extended, China's economic growth will be significantly affected. It is too early for us to change our GDP growth forecast (5.0%) for 2022 , but we are wary of the impact of a partial lockdown in the economically rich provinces," they stated.

Oil costs fall 2%

Oil costs fell in the afternoon of Asia buying and selling hours, with worldwide benchmark Brent crude futures down 2.07% to $110.34 per barrel. U.S. crude futures shed 2.45% to $106.65 per barrel.

Oil costs in the course of the Russia-Ukraine battle have spiked to file ranges however fell again final week on provide hopes, earlier than rising once more to shut out the week. Over in Asia, China, India, Japan and South Korea are all main importers of oil, in line with 2020 knowledge from the International Energy Agency.

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The U.S. Federal Reserve is broadly anticipated to announce a charge hike later this week, the primary such transfer since 2018.

In Asia, the Bank of Japan can also be set to announce its financial coverage resolution later in the week.

Currencies

The U.S. greenback index, which tracks the dollar in opposition to a basket of its friends, was at 99.262 after its latest bounce from under 98.

The Japanese yen traded at 117.81 per greenback after final week's weakening from under 116 in opposition to the dollar. The Australian greenback was at $0.7252 after slipping from above $0.732 late final week.

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