Again, a negative start is emerging for Asian markets amid the still-booming virus in China.
Futures in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia point to a weaker opening. The city of Wuhan – where the epidemic started – announced a ban on the use of any transport, with the government preparing for a major operation to control the situation. Today and the last day the Chinese markets will operate because the Lunar New Year begins.
Nikkei 225 futures are down 0.7%. Hang Seng is also expected to open 0.7% down and Australia’s ASX200 down 0.2%.
In currencies, the yen remains flat, the offshore yuan is retained at 6.9091, the US dollar gives way, and the British pound enters the Asian session with an increase of 0.7%. The euro also remains in positive territory.
Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.
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Trader Martin Nikolov