Asia stocks set to decline – investors weight virus outbreak on Chinese manufacturing

Stocks in Asia are gearing up for a slump early this week, with Chinese manufacturers returning to their jobs, with expectations that production will be disrupted by the spread of the coronavirus.

Futures show losses for Japanese stocks. The Nikkei 225 is around 23,700, compared to its Friday close at 23,827.98.

At the same time, stocks in Australia remain unchanged.

Investors are awaiting the January inflation report in China.

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