SINGAPORE — Asian stocks slipped on Monday as demand for riskier assets ebbed after recent strong gains, while the euro’s near-two-year high on the European Central Bank’s seeming lack of concern about its strength left the dollar languishing near a 13-month low.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent early on Monday.
Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.8 percent on a stronger yen.
Australian shares retreated 0.2 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI was flat.
On Friday, global stocks snapped a 10-day winning streak, taking a breather from a rally that had propelled them to a record high.
Wall Street indexes ended Friday flat to about 0.15 percent lower, as disappointing earnings from General Electric and energy shares weighed.
European shares also closed lower, with Germany’s DAX slumping 1.7 percent, dragged lower by the euro’s strength.
The euro was trading 0.1 percent higher at $1.1677 early on Monday, just a whisker below the two-year intraday high hit on Friday.
ECB President Mario Draghi’s comments on Thursday, which conspicuously avoided citing the euro’s recent strength as a problem, has emboldened traders convinced the central bank will begin tapering its bond-buying program later this year.
“There has been very little backpedaling on the long euro storyline as dealers continue to place much emphasis on Draghi declining the opportunity to talk down the currency post-ECB minutes,” Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, wrote in a note.
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