Japan stocks set to decline; China's latest benchmark lending rate ahead

  • China's latest one-year and five-year loan prime rates (LPRs) are set to be out at around 9:30 a.m. HK/SIN on Tuesday.
  • Stocks on Wall Street dropped as investors watched coronavirus stimulus negotiations, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set to speak again on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE — Stocks in Japan were set to trade lower at the open as investors await the October fixing of China's benchmark lending rate.

Futures pointed to a lower open for shares in Japan. The Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 23.580 while its counterpart in Osaka was at 23,500. That compared against the Nikkei 225's last close at 23,671.13.

Meanwhile, shares in Australia dipped in early trade, with the S&P/ASX 200 down about 0.4%.

China's latest one-year and five-year loan prime rates (LPRs) are set to be out at around 9:30 a.m. HK/SIN on Tuesday. A majority of traders and analysts in a snap Reuters poll expect no change in either the one-year LPR or the five-year rate.

At present, the one-year LPR sits at 3.85% while the five-year rate is at 4.65%.

Overnight stateside, stocks on Wall Street dropped. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 410.89 points lower, or 1.4%, at 28,195.42. The S&P 500 ended its trading day 1.6% lower at 3,426.92 while the Nasdaq Composite pulled back 1.7% to close at 11,478.88.

Investors are watching coronavirus stimulus negotiations, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set to speak again on Tuesday — time is running out for a deal to be reached before the 2020 election.

Currencies

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 93.427 after an earlier decline from levels above 93.6.

The Japanese yen traded at 105.42 per dollar after swinging above the 105.4 level against the greenback yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7064 after slipping from levels above $0.71 yesterday.

What's on tap:

  • China: One-year and five-year loan prime rate at 9:30 a.m. HK/SIN

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