Investors will await the release of, expected to be out around 8:30 p.m., HK/SIN today, which could provide clues to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Shares in Japan led losses among the region’s major markets, with the Nikkei 225 falling 4%, the Topix index shed 2.71%, South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.51% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 1.11%.
Mainland Chinese stocks declined in early trade, with the Shanghai Composite down 0.51% and the Shenzhen Composite 0.6% lower.
Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 495.64 points to close at 21,200.55 while the S&P 500 ended its trading day 1.1% higher at 2,475.56. The Nasdaq Composite, however, dipped 0.5% to close at 7,384.30.