Asia-Pacific markets set for lower open after overnight Wall Street drop

SINGAPORE — Stocks in Asia-Pacific looked set to see opening declines in Friday morning trade following an overnight drop on Wall Street.

Futures pointed to a lower open for Japanese stocks. The Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 28,940 while its counterpart in Osaka was at 28,900. That compared against the Nikkei 225’s last close at 29,188.17.

Shares in Australia also looked poised to slip, with the SPI futures contract at 7,010, compared with the S&P/ASX 200’s last close at 7,055.40.

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The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 91.333 — off levels below 91.2 seen earlier in the week.

The Japanese yen traded at 107.96 per dollar, still stronger than levels above 108.4 against the greenback seen earlier this week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7706, following its slip yesterday from around $0.776.

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