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  1. Stocks fall despite coronavirus stimulus plans

    A stock broker follows the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong.

    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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  2. Coronavirus: Stocks rocked by record volatility

    Pedestrians walk past a quotation board displaying share price numbers of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo (March 17, 2020).

    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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  3. Asian stocks fall amid US-Europe coronavirus travel ban

    Man walking past stock market board in Tokyo  (12 Mar 2020).

    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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  4. Asian stock fall on US stimulus plan scepticism

    Man watches Asian stock market boards.

    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.

  5. Asian stock markets end week with big falls

    Stock markets in Asia took a tumble on Friday.

    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.

  6. Asian shares follow Wall Street higher

    A pedestrian looks at an electronic quotation board displaying stock prices for Japanese companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    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%.

  7. Asian markets mixed after emergency Fed rate cut

    Man walks past Asian stock market board as he looks at his phone.

    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%.

  8. Shares mixed in Asia as investors weigh coronavirus impact

    HOLD Man watches Asian stock market boards with his hands on his head.

    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%.

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

    People checking their phones in Japan with stock market screen in background.

    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.

  10. Asian markets continue to slide

    A trader stares at her screens

    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%.

  11. Asian shares fall following continued US market weakness

    Pedestrians walk past an electric quotation board displaying the Nikkei 225 Index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo.

    Shares in Asia fell on Wednesday in a follow-up to a continued US market drubbing as investors were spooked by a health agency warning to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic.

    In the US, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes shed more than 3% overnight, for a fourth-straight session of losses.

    In Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 1.0%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong edged down 0.73% and China's Shanghai Composite eased 0.60%.

  12. Asian shares dip, gold gains as virus spread worries

    A man watches shares in China fall on concerns about the spread of the coronavirus

    Asian share markets fell and gold rose on Monday as the coronavirus spread wider outside of China with new cases in South Korea, Italy and the Middle East raising concerns of note.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was shut for a public holiday after closing down 0.39% on Friday. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong on Monday dropped 1.55%, while China's Shanghai Composite eased 0.3%.

  13. Asian stocks mixed as investors weigh coronavirus concerns

    Security men wear mask and protective suits when standing in front of a stock monitor at Shanghai Stock Exchange Building.

    Share prices in Asia have put in a mixed performance today as coronavirus fears persist even as China reported a big drop in new cases and eased borrowing costs to cushion the outbreak's economic impact.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.3%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was unchanged, and China's Shanghai Composite was 1.8% higher.

  14. Asian stock markets move higher as coronavirus fears ease

    Man watches Asian market boards.

    Asian shares have edged higher as investors shook off some concerns about the coronavirus outbreak after a small fall in the number of new cases.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.9%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was up by 0.4% although China's Shanghai Composite slipped 0.2%

  15. Mixed day for Asian markets as coronavirus and recession eyed

    Man watches Asian stock market boards.

    It's been a mixed day for Asian shares as Chinese efforts to cushion the blow from a coronavirus outbreak cheered investors, but Japanese stocks dropped over increased recession risks.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell by 0.7%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 0.6% and China's Shanghai Composite jumped by more than 2%.

  16. Asian stocks mixed in the shadow of the coronavirus

    Man watches Asian stock market boards.

    Asian shares were mixed today, as hopes that governments will make provisions to soften the impact on their economies from the coronavirus epidemic were counterbalanced by continued fears about the outbreak.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was 0.8% lower, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was 0.4% higher, and the Shanghai Composite in China was up by 0.3%.

  17. Asian shares fall as coronavirus death toll surges

    Man watches Asian stock market boards.

    Stock markets in Asia have fallen today after Chinese authorities announced the death toll from the coronavirus had surged by 242 in a single day in hard-hit Hubei province.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell by 0.3%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was 0.3% lower, and China's Shanghai Composite was down by 0.7%.

  18. Asia stocks rise on hopes the Covid-19 outbreak is easing

    Man watches Asian market boards.

    Share markets in Asia moved higher today on hopes the worst of the Covid-19 outbreak in China has passed, although some uncertainty about the virus has kept investors wary.

    Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was up by 1%, and China's Shanghai Composite was 0.6% higher.

  19. Asia markets rise as new coronavirus cases slow

    Man watches Asian markets boards.

    Asian markets rose today as investor confidence was boosted by a slowdown in new coronavirus cases.

    Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up by 1.3%, and the Shanghai Composite in China was 0.6% higher.

    Japanese financial markets are closed for the National Founding Day holiday.

  20. Asian stock markets fall after jumping yesterday

    Asia tstock markets traded broadly lower today

    Asian stocks have retreated on Friday after seeing their biggest daily jump since June 2019.

    Markets had rallied folowing Thursday's announcement by China that it would be cutting tariffs on more than 1,700 US imports.

    But stock markets around the Asian region have taken a pause today. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.2%, China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.6% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was down 0.8%.