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By Julie Zhu
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Asia stocks dropped on Tuesday and European equity futures fell as a senior Chinese official expressed wariness about the risk of asset bubbles in foreign markets and a recent bond market sell-off still weighed on investor sentiment.
European markets appeared set for a lower open with down 0.38% and London’s dropping 0.4%. Those of fell 0.49%.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.33%, giving up early gains. was down 0.85% as some investors booked profits on defensive energy and utility shares before the end of the fiscal year this month.
Australian shares ended marginally lower on Tuesday as the market appeared to show a muted response towards the central bank’s decision to stand pat on interest rates, as expected.
The fell 0.4% to 6,762.3 at the close of trade, having risen as much as 1% during the session.
Shares in mainland China and Hong Kong reversed course to trade lower in the afternoon session after a top regulatory official expressed concerns about the risk of bubbles bursting in foreign markets, and said Beijing is studying effective measures to manage capital inflows to prevent turbulence in the domestic market.
“Financial markets are trading at high levels in Europe, the U.S. and other developed countries, which runs counter to the real economy,” Guo Shuqing, head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, told a news conference.
Chinese blue-chips dipped 1.78% while Hong Kong’s lost 1.45%.
Investors now eye China’s annual session of parliament beginning on Friday, which is expected to chart a course for economic recovery and unveil a five-year plan to fend off stagnation.
U.S. stocks rallied overnight, with the posting its best day in nearly nine months, as bond markets calmed after a month-long selloff.
“Risk appetite returned to markets as investors shook off worries of higher interest rates and focused on the recent strength in the manufacturing data,” wrote ANZ analysts in a research note.
U.S. stocks were roiled last week when a sell-off in Treasuries pushed the to a one-year high of 1.614%. The 10-year yield was edging lower in after trade at 1.4119%.
fell 1.93% to $48,669 after rising nearly 7% on Monday after last week’s bond rout cooled, with Citi saying the most popular cryptocurrency was at a “tipping point” and could become the preferred currency for international trade.
However, demand for riskier assets did not slug the dollar, usually regarded as a safe-haven currency, as investors bet on fast growth and inflation in the United States. The gained 0.207% in afternoon trade against a basket of currencies to stand at 91.205, within sight of a three-week high hit overnight.
The Australian dollar was down…
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