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By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks stalled on Tuesday, halting an earlier rally after Wall Street shares lost steam, while the dollar sagged on the back of declining U.S. yields.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> inched down 0.05 percent. The index had surged 1.5 percent on Monday following firm U.S. jobs numbers, while low wage growth eased concerns about inflation and faster central bank rate hikes.
But a mixed performance by U.S. shares overnight cooled investor risk appetite in Asia. The S&P 500 <.SPX> and the Dow <.DJI> slipped on Monday as the U.S. tariffs signed into law last week weighed on industrials, while gains in tech stocks boosted the Nasdaq <.IXIC>.
Focus now turns to U.S. consumer price data due later on Tuesday for the global markets to gauge inflation trends in the world's largest economy and as a guide for upcoming Fed policy.
Australian shares <.AXJO> lost 0.5 percent, South Korea's KOSPI <.KS11> fell 0.2 percent and Japan's Nikkei <.N225> shed 0.8 percent.
"Concerns towards trade conflict stemming from U.S. tariffs continue to linger in the background, capping risk appetite, pushing Treasury yields lower which in turn weighing on the dollar," said Junichi Ishikawa, senior FX strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo.
"That said, there are still bright spots that bode well for broader risk sentiment, as the Nasdaq's gains shows."
Separately, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blocked Singapore-based semiconductor maker Broadcom Ltd's
The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was flat at 89.900 <.DXY> after shedding about 0.2 percent overnight.
The euro was a shade higher at $1.2339
The U.S. currency was down 0.15 percent at 106.280 yen
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield
In commodities, crude oil prices extended losses after sliding the previous day amid ongoing concerns over rising U.S. output.
U.S. crude futures
(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Sam Holmes)
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