SINGAPORE — Shares in India led losses in Asia-Pacific on Monday, with multiple major markets in the region closed for holidays.
The Nifty 50 dropped 1.54% to close at 14,637.80 while the BSE Sensex fell 1.74% on the day to 49,159.32 as investors grappled with a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
India reported a record number of new cases over a 24-hour period on Monday, surpassing levels seen in September when the first wave of infection reached its peak. There were 103,558 new cases, pushing the total number of reported infections to more than 12.5 million, according to the latest government data.
Maharashtra, which is India’s richest state and home to the financial capital, Mumbai, has been particularly hit hard since February. On Monday, the state reported more than 57,000 daily new cases, making up more than half of India’s total new infections.
Elsewhere in the region, stocks saw more muted moves.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.79% on the day to 30,089.25 while the Topix index advanced 0.6% to close at 1,983.54.
South Korea’s Kospi closed 0.26% higher at 3,120.83. Shares of LG Electronics dropped 2.52%. The firm announced Monday that it is closing its mobile business unit to focus resources in “growth areas” such as electric vehicle components.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan sat below the flatline.
Markets in Australia, mainland China and Hong Kong were closed on Monday for holidays.
|.N225||Nikkei 225 Index||NIKKEI||29720.40||-368.85||-1.23|
|.HSI||Hang Seng Index||HSI||28938.74||560.39||1.97|
|.AXJO||S&P/ASX 200||ASX 200||6891.20||62.50||0.92|
|.FTFCNBCA||CNBC 100 ASIA IDX||CNBC 100||11141.83||-5.68||-0.05|
In economic developments, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls rose by 916,000 in March — well above the 675,000 increase expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones.
The unemployment rate also declined to 6%, in line with the expectations of the economists surveyed by Dow Jones.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.031 — off levels above 93.3 seen late last month.
SOURCE : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/05/asia-markets-major-regional-markets-closed-us-economy-currencies-oil-.html