Asian stocks dropped, extending a global selloff, and oil dropped amid concern that the global economic outlook is worsening. Treasuries fell and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures rose with the dollar before the Federal Reserve releases minutes of its last meeting.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 1.1 percent by 12:49 p.m. in Tokyo, as Japan’s Topix (TPX) index dropped toward a seven-week low. The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.3 percent and China’s yuan was little changed after a week-long holiday. S&P 500 futures rose 0.2 percent after the U.S. gauge’s lowest close in almost two months. Ten-year Treasury yields rose two basis points after tumbling yesterday and the dollar gained against most peers. Gold rose 0.3 percent while Brent crude was near a two-year low.
The Federal Reserve releases minutes of its last meeting as Alcoa Inc. will report earnings amid reduced estimates for profit growth at U.S. companies. A gauge of China’s services industries fell as markets there reopened after being closed for a holiday since Oct. 1. European Union leaders meet in Milan today to discuss fiscal policies after the IMF cut its global growth forecast yesterday and warned about risks posed by geopolitical tensions and “frothy” stock markets.
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