Los mercados asiáticos caen después de que Wall Street se retira por preocupaciones económicas – MarketWatch


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Stocks down around 1% in Hong Kong, Shanghai

Boats crisscross Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on Thursday.

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Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some other countries.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 NIK, -1.05% slipped 0.2%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -2.24% slid 1.1%. The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -1.95% fell 1% while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite 399106, -0.30% rose 0.1%. South Korea’s Kospi 180721, -0.81% declined 0.7% and benchmark indexes in Taiwan Y9999, -0.97% and Indonesia JAKIDX, -0.42% fell. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.61% edged down 0.2%. Singapore markets were closed.

Global stock prices have recovered most of this year’s losses on optimism about a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. But forecasters warn the rise might be too big and too fast to be supported by uncertain economic conditions.

On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.6% overnight.

“The market is concerned about the uptick in cases globally,” said Stephen Innes of AxiCorp. in a report. “Money is funneling into perceived safe areas of the market like tech, which should hold up broader indexes to a degree.”

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.56% declined to 3,152.05. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.38% dropped 1.4% to 25,706.09.

Three out of four stocks in the S&P declined. The biggest losers were oil companies, airlines and other stocks that are most heavily affected by a reopening and strengthening economy.

The Nasdaq composite COMP, +0.52% , dominated by tech stocks that are seen as relatively resilient to the pandemic, added 0.5% to a record 10,547.75.

U.S. government data showed 1.3 million workers filed for unemployment claims last week. That is down from 1.4 million the prior week and a peak of nearly 6.9 million in late March.

The improvements have helped validate investors’ earlier optimism that the economy can recover as states and other governments relax restrictions put in place earlier this year to slow the coronavirus pandemic. Such optimism helped the S&P 500 rally back to within 7% of its record, after earlier being down nearly 34%.

But economists point to a troubling slowdown in the pace of such changes, including moderating declines in the four-week average of jobless claims.

Investors are worried that worsening infection levels in the populous U.S. states of Florida, Texas and California could derail a recovery. Some states are rolling back their reopenings, while others are ordering people arriving from hotspots to quarantine.

Other countries including Brazil and South Africa also report rising case totals. Australia’s populous state of Victoria closed its border with neighboring New South Wales this week to contain an outbreak.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude CLQ20, -1.86% lost 34 cents to $39.28 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude BRNU20, -1.51% , used to price international oils, lost 28 cents to $42.07 per barrel in London.

The dollar USDJPY, -0.33% declined to 107.04 yen from Thursday’s 107.95.

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