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By Associated Press

BEIJING — Asian stocks sank again Friday after German inflation spiked higher, British Prime Minister  Liz Truss defended a tax-cut plan  that rattled investors and Chinese manufacturing weakened.

The Nikkei 225 /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -1.64% in Tokyo fell 1.8%. The Hang Seng /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -2.69% in Hong Kong was about flat while the Shanghai Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +0.10% lost 0.2% after surveys of manufacturers showed production and new orders declined in September.

The Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.09% in Seoul added 0.2% while Sydney’s S&P ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.40% sank 1%. Benchmarks in New Zealand /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR -1.06% , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.51% , Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 -0.62% , Malaysia /zigman2/quotes/210598052/delayed MY:FBMKLCI +0.09% and Indonesia /zigman2/quotes/210597981/delayed ID:JAKIDX -0.30% declined.

Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index fell 2.1% on Thursday to its lowest level in almost two years after strong U.S. jobs data reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will stick to plans for more interest rate hikes.

Investors increasingly worry the global economy might tip into recession following interest rate hikes by the Fed and central banks in Europe and Asia to cool inflation that is at multi-decade highs. Global export demand is weakening and Russia’s attack on Ukraine has disrupted oil and gas markets.

Markets slipped Thursday after Germany reported September inflation accelerated to 10.9% and Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the world’s fourth-biggest economy faces a “double whammy” as  energy prices surge .

“We’d be inclined to argue that we haven’t yet seen the bottom,” said ING economists in a report.

Investors already were uneasy about signs global activity was weakening before Truss’s government announced multibillion-dollar tax cuts. Traders worry that will push up already high inflation, forcing the British central bank to cool economic growth by raising interest rates further.

Stock markets and the value of the British pound rebounded Wednesday after the Bank of England said it would  buy government bonds  to support their price. But markets resumed their slide Thursday after Truss shrugged off criticism and defended her tax-cut plan despite a plea from the International Monetary Fund to reverse course.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.37% fell to 3,640.47. More 90% of the stocks in the index declined, putting it on track to end September with an 8% loss for the month.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.29% fell 1.5% to 29,225.61 and the Nasdaq composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -1.87% lost 2.8% to 10,737.51.

The S&P 500 is down more than 20% for the year as investors wait for a break in inflation that has prompted the Fed to raise interest rates five times.

The yield on a two-year U.S. Treasury, or the difference between its market price and the payout at maturity, widened to 4.2% from Wednesday’s 4.14%.

Stronger than expected U.S. employment data Thursday reinforced expectations the Fed will feel comfortable sticking to plans to raise interest rates further and keep them elevated through next year.

Fewer workers filed for unemployment benefits  last week than forecast.

In China, surveys of manufacturers by business news magazine Caixin found production and news orders declined. That was in line with expectations that a Chinese manufacturing boom would fade due to weak global demand.

The Caixin monthly purchasing managers’ index declined from its August level while a separate index by the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing edged above a break-even point that shows activity increasing.

“The downturn in external demand looks set to deepen,” said Zichun Huang of Capital Economics in a report.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude lost 9 cents to $81.14 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 92 cents Thursday to $81.23. Brent crude , used to price international oils, shed 10 cents to $87.08 per barrel in London. It lost 83 cents the previous session to $88.49.

The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY +0.1295% rose to 144.70 yen from Thursday’s 144.43 yen.

JP : Nikkei
-521.94 -1.64%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 3:15p
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
-478.44 -2.69%
Volume: 2.10M
Oct. 3, 2023 4:08p
CN : China: Shanghai
+3.16 +0.10%
Volume: 0.00
Sept. 28, 2023 3:00p
KR : Korea Exchange
+2.10 +0.09%
Volume: 0.00
Sept. 27, 2023 6:05p
-28.00 -0.40%
Volume: 113,981
Oct. 4, 2023 10:51a
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
-119.09 -1.06%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 4, 2023 12:51p
SG : Singapore: SGX
-16.51 -0.51%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 5:20p
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
-102.97 -0.62%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 1:33p
MY : Malaysia
+1.25 +0.09%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 5:05p
ID : Indonesia Stock Exchange
-20.57 -0.30%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 4:00p
-58.94 -1.37%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 5:07p
US : Dow Jones Global
-430.97 -1.29%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 3, 2023 5:07p
US : Nasdaq
-248.31 -1.87%
Volume: 4.71B
Oct. 3, 2023 5:16p
US : Tullett Prebon
+0.1930 +0.1295%
Volume: 0.0000
Oct. 3, 2023 8:12p

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