Japan stock set to trade lower as bond yields rise again

SectorFinancial Markets
CountryMiddle east

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific slipped in Thursday morning trade following overnight declines on Wall Street as bond yields rose again.In Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.19% in early trade while the Topix index shed 0.83%. South Korea's Kospi dropped 1.39%.Shares in Australia also declined as the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.32%. Australia's retail sales and trade data for January are expected to be out at around 8:30 a.m. HK/SIN.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan traded 0.55% lower. Technology stocks decline Investors kept an eye on tech shares in Asia on Thursday after their counterparts stateside fell overnight amid a rise in bond yields.Shares of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group dropped 3.02% in Thursday morning trade while South Korean industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics fell 1.9% while chipmaker SK Hynix slipped 2.38%.The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.7% to close at 12,997.75, with shares of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet all dropping more than 2% each.Other major indexes on Wall Street also declined on...read more...