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Asian Stock Markets See Negative Closes as Investors Await US Economic Data

Asian stock markets displayed negative trends in their recent closures, with investors closely monitoring upcoming economic data releases from the United States. Key reports, including the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August, scheduled for release on Wednesday (September 13), and the Producer Price Index (PPI) for August, set for Thursday (September 14), hold significant implications for the direction of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) monetary policy meeting slated for September 19-20.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index concluded at 18,009.22 points, marking a slight decline of 16.67 points or -0.09%. Investor attention remained fixated on the forthcoming US economic data releases, which are expected to influence the Fed’s stance on interest rates.

The South Korean Composite (KOSPI) experienced a modest drop to 2,534.70 points, down by 1.88 points or 0.07%. Investors exercised caution, delaying investment decisions until after the release of US inflation data, which will offer insights into the potential trajectory of Fed interest rates.

China’s Shanghai Composite Index recorded a negative close at 3,137.06 points, down 5.72 points or -0.18%. Investors adopted a cautious approach, refraining from active trading as they assessed the Chinese government’s position on the possibility of introducing additional economic stimulus measures. Concurrently, they awaited crucial economic data releases from China scheduled for later this week.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 index concluded at 7,153.90 points, marking a decline of 53.00 points or -0.74%. The All Ordinaries index also registered a negative trend, closing at 7,345.70 points with a drop of 57.20 points or -0.77%. These movements mirrored the downward trajectory observed in several Asian stock markets, with investors carefully gauging the forthcoming US inflation data to assess the future direction of the Federal Reserve’s interest rates.

Tokyo’s Nikkei index also experienced a negative close at 32,706.52 points, down 69.85 points or -0.21%. A sell-off in technology stocks contributed to this downturn as investors exercised caution ahead of the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for August in the United States, scheduled for later in the day.

As these Asian markets grapple with evolving economic dynamics and global events, the forthcoming US economic data releases are expected to play a pivotal role in shaping investor sentiment and market trends in the days ahead.

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