Asian shares fall as bets off on sharp U.S. rate cuts

Asian shares fell on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data tempered expectations for a Fed rate cut, while the Turkish lira hovered near two-week lows on worries about central bank independence.

Asian Shares

  • MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (MIAPJ0000PUS) lost more than 1%, with every market in the red.
  • Japan’s Nikkei (N225) faltered 0.9%.
  • Chinese shares started lower with the blue-chip index (CSI300) off 1.7%.
  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index (HSI) down 1.5%.
  • South Korea’s KOSPI (KS11) was off 1.8%.
  • Australian shares (AXJO) slipped about 1% to a five-week low.

Currency Markets

  • The dollar index (DXY), which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, was a shade weaker at 97.239 after climbing to a 2-1/2 week top of 97.443 on Friday.
  • The euro (EUR=D3) was flat at $1.1226, not far from a 2-1/2-week low of $1.1205 touched on Friday.
  • The Australian dollar , which has been on an uptrend since June 18, slipped below 70 U.S. cents to last trade at $0.6985.

Commodities

  • In commodity markets, oil prices rose with Brent crude futures (LCOc1), the international benchmark for oil prices, up 16 cents at $64.39 per barrel.
  • U.S. crude added 22 cents to $57.73.
  • Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,398.33 an ounce.

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