Asian equities returned caution volumes that showed a lack of conviction. The dollar remained near a one-week high and Treasuries were steady.
South Korea’s Kospi index fell about 1%, with modest losses seen in Hong Kong. Equity markets in Australia and Japan eked out gains. Futures on the S&P 500 Index were steady after the US gauge slipped amid a slew of earnings results, with the sentiment in part dented by President Donald Trump saying he could impose more tariffs on China.
Ten-year Treasury yields steadied after solid US retail sales offset a reiteration from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell of his dovish tilt on the policy.