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Asian stocks tumble on growing concern about China virus

Asian stocks tumble on growing concern about China virus
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Market indexes in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all retreated following the Chinese government s announcement of a fourth death from coronavirus. The outbreak, centred on the city of Wuhan, has sickened more than 200 people.

Authorities said some infections were transmitted person-to-person, increasing the risk the disease might spread faster during the Lunar New Year holiday, the Chinese-speaking world s busiest travel season. Other Asian governments stepped up screening of travellers from China, highlighting the potential impact on tourism revenue.

The outbreak "is developing into a major potential economic risk to the Asia-Pacific region," said Rajiv Biswas of IHS Markit in a report.

The outbreak and measures to stop it have could affect tourism, retailing, restaurants, air travel and other industries, said Biswas. He pointed to the example of the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, whose economic impact was felt as far away as Canada and Australia.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.1% to 3,061.74 and Hong Kong s Hang Seng index was off 1.8% at 28,279.95. Tokyo s Nikkei 225 retreated 0.8% to 23,902.60.

Seoul s Kospi sank 0.6% to 2,248.57 and Sydney s S&P-ASX 200 was off 0.5% at 7,045.20. Southeast Asian markets also declined.

The Bank of Japan left its policy rate at -0.1% and reaffirmed its commitment to increase holdings of government bonds. Board members raised their projection of economic growth in the year that starts in April to 0.9% from 0.7%.

The European central bank also is due to make an interest rate decision this week.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. oil fell 16 cents to $58.42 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 5 cents on Monday to close at $58.58. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 30 cents to $64.90 per barrel in London. It advanced 35 cents the previous session to $65.20.

CURRENCIES: The dollar declined to 110.00 yen from Monday s 110.18 yen. The euro gained to $1.1097 from $1.1094.
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