Asian shares fell for a third straight session on Friday as jitters over next week’s U.S. presidential election and a shaky global economic outlook enveloped markets.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was last down 0.1%, on track to the end the week 1.1% lower after four straight weeks of gains.
Australia’s ASX 200 .AXJO fell 0.5% and New Zealand’s benchmark index faltered nearly 1%.
Japan’s Nikkei .N225 slipped 0.85% and was set for its biggest weekly loss in more than two months.
Chinese shares, which had started marginally higher, eased too with the blue-chip index .CSI300 off 0.1%.