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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks shaken by blast in Poland, dollar gains

Reuters · 11/15/2022 22:00
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks shaken by blast in Poland, dollar gains

By Xie Yu

- Asian stocks dropped and the dollar gained on Wednesday after blasts in Poland that Ukraine and Polish authorities said were caused by Russian-made missiles.

The potential for a further ratcheting up of geopolitical tensions saw MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS lose 0.6%.

Australian shares .AXJO fell 0.5%, while Japan's Nikkei stock index .N225 dropped 0.76%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index .HSI was flat, while China's CSI 300 .CSI300 lost 0.3.%.

U.S. stock futures, the S&P 500 e-minis ESc1 shed 0.4%.

NATO member Poland said on Wednesday that a Russian-made rocket killed two people in eastern Poland Ukraine, and it summoned Russia's ambassador to Warsaw for an explanation after Moscow denied it was responsible.

"(It) interrupted what is a far more constructive tone in markets over the last three, four days," said Dwyfor Evans, head of Asia Pacific macro strategy at State Street Global Markets in Hong Kong, there has been optimism in financial markets that U.S. inflation was cooling

U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States and its NATO allies are investigating the blast but early information suggests it may have been caused by a missile fired from Russia.

The dollar rose against major peers, led by a 0.3% advance versus the yen JPY=EBS. Sterling GBP=D3 lost 0.23% while the risk-sensitive Aussie dollar AUD=D3 weakened 0.22%. The euro EUR=EBS was flat.

The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury US10YT=RR slipped to 3.7622% in Tokyo, compared with 3.799% at the close of U.S. trading on Tuesday. It earlier fell as low as 3.757%, matching the previous session's intraday trough, which was the lowest level since Oct. 6.

U.S. crude CLc1 ticked up 0.18% to $87.08 a barrel, bolstered by that oil supply to Hungary via the Druzhba oil pipeline has been temporarily suspended due to a fall in pressure.

Gold was slightly lower, with spot gold XAU= trading at $1,778.08 per ounce.


(Reporting by Xie Yu; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

((Yu.Xie@thomsonreuters.com;))

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