U.S. stocks were down Friday afternoon, on track for their worst annual losses since 2008, according to MarketWatch.
Following suit, Asia-Pacific markets traded lower, taking the lead from US stocks’ losses overnight as investors looked to the year ahead.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan fell 0.94% to close at 26,093.67 while the Topix shed 0.72% to 1,895.27. South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.93% to 2,236.4 as the country’s retail sales for November fell 1.8%, the third consecutive month of declines, reversing gains seen in the third quarter. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia also dropped 0.97% to close at 7,020.1, according to CNBC.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 0.97% in its final hour of trade – despite further easing of Covid restrictions takes into effect today, with stocks related to re-opening being closely watched. The city will release its trade data later in the day.
In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite declined 0.44% to 3,073.7 and the Shenzhen Component traded lower to close at 10,996.4.