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Stocks fall despite coronavirus stimulus plans

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Asian stocks have fallen as worries about the coronavirus pandemic eclipsed hopes that major stimulus plans would ease the impact of the outbreak.

It came after Wall Street's main indexes rebounded by more than 5% on Tuesday following Monday's steep falls.

In the US, the Trump administration outlined a $1 trillion (£830bn) package to support the world's biggest economy. At the same time the UK has revealed details of its own stimulus measures, including £330bn of business loans.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 1.7%, the Hang Seng in Hong was down by 1.9%, and China's Shanghai Composite fell by 0.5%. US stock market futures were also indicating a weaker open for Wall Street.

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Coronavirus: Stocks rocked by record volatility

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Global stock markets are seeing record levels of volatility with the five biggest one-day points falls happening in less than a month.

On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its biggest one-day slide in more than three decades.

This was the latest huge swing as investors weigh the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes as a key measure of stock market volatility, known as the "Fear Gauge", has surged to a record high.

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Asian stocks fall amid US-Europe coronavirus travel ban

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Asian stocks traded sharply lower on Thursday after President Donald Trump restricted travel to the US from mainland Europe in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

It followed steep losses on Wall Street with the Dow Jones plunging by almost 1,500 points, or 5.8%.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell by 3.9%, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 3.5%, and China's Shanghai Composite was 1.7% lower.

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Asian stock fall on US stimulus plan scepticism

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Asian shares have fallen on growing concerns about US plans for a stimulus package to fight the coronavirus outbreak took the edge off an earlier rally.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 2%, Hang Seng in Hong Kong was 0.8% higher, and China's Shanghai Composite was 0.6% lower.

Asian stock markets end week with big falls

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Markets across Asia reacted badly on Friday to more losses on Wall Street overnight. Investors around the world are still worried about the effects of the coronavirus on economic growth and supply chains.

In Japan the Nikkei 225 slid 3%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 2% and the Shanghai Composite dropped 1% in Friday trading.

Asian shares follow Wall Street higher

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Asian stock markets have risen after US shares rallied as investors welcome measures by world governments, central banks and international bodies to help to protect the global economy from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was 1.9% higher and China's Shanghai Composite was up by 1.9%.

Asian markets mixed after emergency Fed rate cut

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A mixed day for Asian stock markets as investors weigh the US Federal Reserve's first emergency interest rate cut since the financial crisis against the deepening impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 closed 0.08% higher, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.2%, and China's Shanghai Composite was up by by 0.2%.

Shares mixed in Asia as investors weigh coronavirus impact

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Stock markets were mixed in Asia as traders weighed the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the global economy.

Expectations of a co-ordinated response by the world's biggest economies helped boost shares in much of the region, while a rally in Tokyo faded due to lingering worries about the spread of the virus in Japan.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was 0.8% lower, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was 0.3% higher, and China's Shanghai Composite was up by 0.8%.

Asian shares down on pandemic fears after week of global market routs

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Shares in Tokyo dropped sharply on Friday in one of the worst weeks for global stocks since the 2008 global financial crisis, as governments around the world took stricter measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 was down more than 4% in Asian trade and the Shanghai Composite slid over 3%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index declined nearly 3%.

This followed on from a bruising session on Wall Street with the S&P 500 index plunging 4.4% for its biggest dip since August 2011, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,190.95 points, its largest points drop ever.

Asian markets continue to slide

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Stock markets in Asia continued to slide as the coronavirus spread across more parts of Europe, unsettling investors.

While the outbreak started in China, other parts of the world are now being affected, while cases continue to emerge in Asia, particulalry South Korea and Japan.

As Wall Street saw more negative sentiment overnight, Asia followed its lead.

Today the Nikkei 225 slipped 2.1%, the Hang Seng index was down 0.9% while the Shangahi Composite was up slightly at 0.3%.