Topix Index Falls as Yen Holds Strength Before Trump-Abe Meeting

Japan Topix index fell, halting a two-day gain, as the yen held its strength against the dollar before a highly anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Banks and electronics makers slumped after the yen rose 0.2 percent versus the greenback on Monday. Trump said on Twitter that China and Russia are playing what he called a A?a��A�currency devaluation game,A?a��A? which he called unacceptable. Trump will meet with Abe this week to discuss North Korea and a U.S. decision to levy tariffs on Japanese steel and aluminum exports.

The Nikkei 225 Stock Average was little changed after rising by 0.3 percent. Its volatility dropped for a seventh day, reaching its lowest since February.

Topix index -0.2% to 1,732.39 at the close of the morning session, after advancing 0.1% earlier. Nikkei 225 index little changed at 21,837.39.

Yen +0.1% at 107.05 per dollar.

Source : Bloomberg

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U.S. Index Futures Off Lows Amid U.S., China War of Words

U.S. equity futures pared losses after tumbling Thursday evening in New York as President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative to consider an additional $ 100 billion in tariffs on Chinese products. China said in response that it would counter U.S. protectionism A?a��A�to the end, and at any cost.A?a��A?

S&P 500 Index futures fell as much as 1.6 percent, before trimming the drop to 0.7 percent. Futures contracts on the Dow Jones tumbled 1.9 percent and Nasdaq declined as much as 1.7 percent, before staging partial rallies.

Source: Bloomberg

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Tokyo’s Nikkei Index Slumps 4.51% on Trade War Fears

Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei index on Friday plunged to the lowest level since early October on revived trade war fears as US President Donald Trump unveiled tariffs on Chinese imports.

The Nikkei fell 4.51 percent, or 974.13 points, to 20,617.86, the lowest since October 5 last year, while the broader Topix index dropped 3.62 percent or 62.45 points, to 1,664.94.

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